I have never been fit. Although I have been within a normal (BMI) weight range, I have never considered myself or been considered by others as fit. It seems that I always had extra pounds to lose no matter what. In my teens and early-twenties, I didn’t mind. So I wasn’t a size 0-2, whatever! I was a size 6 which for my 5’1” was perfectly acceptable. Yet, by my mid-twenties I had crept up to size 12 and solidified my position as “the chubby one” among my friends. By my late twenties I had gone up another size, and slowly but surely gained more and more weight over the years and for a couple of years now I have been secretly hating myself for it. I’m in my mid-thirties by the way and when I finally decided to do something I was barely fitting in a size 18 and I tipped the scale at 225.4 lbs. That’s a BMI of 42.6. In other words, Super-Obese.
It was Monday, August 19, 2013 when I decided to stop the madness and regain some control over my life. I got a check-up and joined my local YMCA gym which offered daily ZUMBA classes. I decided to finally put into practice all the recommendations about weight loss and healthy habits that doctors, nutritionists, therapists, magazine articles, TV trainers, and whatever or whoever else had told me.
Seven months later I had lost 50 lbs. I’m still Obese at 175 with a BMI of 33.1 but I have made so much progress. When I posted the picture with the big “50 LBS. GONE!” banner I received 72 likes on Facebook from friends and family and a few more on my Instagram within 24 hours. Comments of encouragement started pouring in which wasn’t unexpected since I post a progress picture every month or so with similar response. But something else happened, I started getting questions… what was I doing? how long did it take? where was I exercising? etc. And so this blog was born to answer those questions and the many more that I hope will follow; to continue recording the journey and to talk about not only the literal pounds that I am losing but those other pounds that weigh us down.
In case you were wondering, I am single, I work freelance as a translator and marketer, and I am on hiatus from a phd degree I am not sure I’ll ever get back to (more of that later). I’m excited but also nervous to get started and I look forward to your comments and feedback.
PS. Okay Maria, I wrote the blog… you better read it. 🙂