It’s 2011, and I’m Making a Resolution Again

This was me in 2008, when I’d lost 109 pounds:

This is me today:

Oh, boy. Where to begin?

When the clock hit 12 AM last night, I told myself, “I will lose weight this year.” Funny, in 2008, I never imagined I’d be here again, here being over 200 pounds.

I’ve lost significant amounts of weight twice in my life. The first time, I was a high school sophomore dying for her a kiss that didn’t come from a relative. Being a perfectionist, I counted calories on a whiteboard I’d posted on the refrigerator, drank protein shakes for breakfast and lunch, and dropped 62 pounds. A few boys noticed me at school, but it took a bit of pursuing on my part to get the boy I wanted to ask me out, and ask me out he finally did. I was elated. Not only did I have a boyfriend, but I could finally stop drinking those protein shakes and miss a day of counting here, a day of counting there. On graduation day, I crossed the stage at 190 pounds.

I went to college and gained weight, then graduated and gained weight, then entered the work force and, you guessed it, gained weight. In 2006, when I couldn’t run after my daughter, I decided enough was enough and joined Weight Watchers. After two years of counting Points, I lost 109 pounds, and I felt amazing. I ran a half marathon. I became a certified Spinning instructor. I also married for the second time, and this time, I was able to wear the wedding dress of my dreams.

Unfortunately, I didn’t work at keeping up my healthy lifestyle. I stopped going to the gym. I stopped cycling and running. I stopped counting Points on the Weight Watchers plan. So, I stopped seeing that awesome number on the scale.

Which brings me to today. I write before you, fat and determined again to lose weight and keep it off for good. Third time’s a charm, huh? Well, I aim to see if that’s true.

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I write. You can find the following authors on my bookshelf: Kafka, Murakami, Auster, Austen, as well as Hiromu Arakawa and Alan Moore. View all posts by lachihuahuaespicy

2 responses to “It’s 2011, and I’m Making a Resolution Again

  • Edgar D. Ricalde

    Hello,

    I wish you the best of luck. I can relate to your story so well.

    In 2006, I lost over 85 lbs. In 2008, I grew tired of Herbalife shakes, ordering salads with dressing on the sides, and exercising every day.

    Now, almost three years later, I have gained 65 of those pounds, and feel committed to losing them once again. I think I have identified what drove me to binge on junk food and how I can make sure I don’t give in to cravings and crap.

    I can honestly say I am an emotional eater. I eat when I am stressed, when I am happy, and when I am depressed. I hope 2011 is the year I lose the weight for good and can once again feel better about my personal appearance.

    I thank you for creating this blog. I will add your blog to my favorites and will subscribe to email notifications.

    I wish you the best of luck!

    Si se puede…

    Edgar D. Ricalde
    edgar.ricalde@gmail.com

  • cheeseadditional

    Thanks, Edgar, for your kind words and support. Yes, I’m an emotional eater, too. I remember going through a box of ice cream sandwiches in high school because I didn’t make the color guard troop. :O But 2011 will the year for us! In the voice of Adam Sandler, “You can do it!” 😀

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