I have been overweight my entire life. I used to think I was extremely overweight when I was in high school. I wish I could look like I did then! After I got married and had my son, my weight skyrocketed. By age 25 I weighed 295. I recently moved to a new city, and naturally had to find a new doctor. My husband made an appointment and we all went together. The doctor was the rudest person I had ever met. She was even rude to my four year old. What kind of person does that? She weighed me and gasped. She told me I needed gastric bypass surgery and was positive I had diabetes. I was so embarrassed. I had never told my husband how much I weighed. I actually avoided it at all costs.
Later that evening I couldn't do anything but cry. I needed to change. Not only was I in a dangerous state of health, but I was the one feeding my family as well. I was feeding my child the same mistakes I was making. I never wanted to feel that way again. I decided to make a change. I knew nothing about loosing weight. I tried lots of "diets" before. I tried not eating carbs. That lasted all of maybe a week. I went without eating, but then I would just overeat at night which is the absolute worst thing you can do. I felt like I had tried everything and was exhausted.
My husband decided to dedicate himself to helping me. Hes sweet and hates to see me upset. It was hard for me to watch him eat chips while I ate carrots. Plus, I couldn't afford to buy both chips and carrots, so I went with the chips every time. No more. We all decided to change for the better. I decided to stop "dieting" and go with what I already knew. Good old diet and exercise. My family went bike riding on the weekends, and I made it a point to stand up more than I was sitting. I lost 8 pounds the first week and was ecstatic. The next week I did that same thing. I lost 1 pound, and my husbands pants were falling off. That is when I knew weight loss for women is a different challenge than for men. I revamped my diet.
Low fat dairy has changed my whole out look on food. I can still eat everything I want. (with the exception of cookies of course!) I learned to make macaroni and cheese out of greek yogurt and very little cheese. I started making cookies out of bananas and oatmeal and my son loves them. After just eating right for 3 weeks I hit another problem. My face was breaking out. I have always had clear skin. I have always ate junk. My body seemed to be mad I was eating clean. My hormones were changing and pushing all the millions of toxins I had in my body out. Its two months later and I've taught myself a million tricks, and delicious recipes to keep me on track. It doesn't seem that hard and I've lost 30 pounds. I can be goofy and dance around the house with my son. I can run, not far but I can do it! I still have a long way to go but I'm figuring out the way my body works.
Like most women, I was emotionally eating. If I was happy I would celebrate with a pizza. If I was sad, I would cry into cookies. Weight loss for women is so much hard not only because our hormones, or our muscle mass, which of course are a factor. It is hard because we put so much emotion into everything we do. I know I wanted to make my husband happy when he came home from work with a good dinner. I didn't realize he was happy to see me, not the food. My life revolved around food. I will admit it still kind of does. Now instead of thinking how yummy ever thing is I'm thinking of how healthy it is. My food addiction is still there, just in a different way.
We all know processed foods are bad for us. We know fruits and vegetables are good for us. It really is that simple. You just have to train your body to get used to it. Its hard, but it's worth it in the end.