Ready to Get Healthy Again
It is hard coming to terms with a slowing metabolism but I am ready to get healthy again. As a teen I never had to worry about it due to being in so many sports that kept me burning mass amounts of calories. I ate what I wanted and didn’t have to worry about weight gain, my next 4-hour training session would take care of the added calories I ate the night before. At the time it was great but as the years have passed, like most women, my metabolism has slowed.
When I graduated high school, I was 104 pounds. I was not “thin”, I had built muscle from my years of running and gymnastics, but I was a healthy weight for my height. As the years ticked on I saw the number on the scale slowly increase and I kept telling myself that if it reached a certain point, I would worry about counting calories or skipping dessert. First my max limit was 110, then 115, when I hit that I again changed it to 120, 125, 130. Having had issues with body image my entire life, I was not happy with myself but I still did little to change the number on the scale. I just kept moving the number at which I told myself I would do something about it.
Having A Baby and Getting Older
I had knee surgery when I was 29 and used that as another excuse to stop running and exercising. A year later, when I found out I was pregnant, I weighed 127 pounds. After a difficult delivery, I actually weighed more when I left the hospital than I did when I arrived. Luckily, the weight came off fairly easily during my 12 weeks home with my newborn. By the time I went back to work, I was within 5 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight. Was I happy with where my number on the scale was? No. Did I do anything to fix it? No, I just bought baggier clothes and called them my “mom clothes”.
Last year I turned 40 and the number on the scale has continued to rise. So has the number where I told myself if I ever weigh “X” pounds I will finally act on my weight gain; 135, 140, 145, 150. Well a couple weeks ago it hit that 150 mark and did I do anything, NOPE! I gave myself another lame excuse of how I am too busy with work, helping run our family business, taking my daughter to her activities, and just overall too tired. Then I found myself looking for a snack and realized I went straight to the ice cream to drown my sorrows.
Slapped in the Face by Reality
While recovering, this past week from knee surgery, I was reading over some of the paperwork from my doctors and noticed a small section where my vitals were listed. It said my BMI was 26.72, I was overweight and that I needed to be counseled on healthy weight loss. This really hit home and I began seriously thinking about how far I had let it go. Sure, I had noticed that I was gaining weight but to have it written out in front of me really made me realize that I needed to do something now.
I looked up the recommended weight for my height and proper BMI so that I could see where I was supposed to be. Normal weight BMI is 18.5 to 24.9 and I was sitting (literally) at 26.72. For my height, this is a weight range of 107-140.
So now my journey to get healthy again starts. I am normally very private about things like my weight but hope that by writing about it, it will keep me accountable and motivated. Over the next couple days, I will plan to: record my starting weight, take my measurements, snap before photos, and get some food shopping/prep done. I will officially start my road to a healthier me on September 1! Now that I am ready to get healthy again, I would love for you to join me.