Weight Comparison – Then & Now
I have always been close to a petite size with my height of 5'3” tall. Before I got married in 1982, I had turned 23 years old a few months before, and my weight had been hovering around 140 lbs. This was the heaviest weight I had ever reached and I believe I never saw a higher number because of my success at yo-yo dieting. The only diet I had ever tried during that time was a low fat diet and because of my hunger, it took every bit of willpower I had for me to be able to stay on it.
The day of my wedding, I had reached a low weight of 118 lbs. I was successful in dieting myself back to a normal weight, but I only went from a tight size 10 to a loose size 8. Back then I did not exercise, so the weight that I carried was mostly fat since it did not include any lean tissue or muscle mass.
Only two years later, 1984, my weight was right back to hovering around 140 lbs., which was around the time I got pregnant with my first daughter. The day of her birth, my weight was around 210 lbs., and six weeks later it stabilized around 170 lbs. I continued to fight my weight using a low fat diet and every ounce of willpower I had. I gained and lost several pounds over the years, actually reaching the 160s at one point. I was really good at yo-yo dieting by the time my second daughter was born almost four years later, and even better when my son was born only fourteen months after that.
Over the years, I continued with my yo-yo dieting, usually losing around ten pounds at a time before I would stop. The pattern continued, I would get tired of being hungry all the time, feel deprived, and would resume eating the foods that I thought were healthy, eventually gaining more weight than I lost. Since my pattern had always been to gain more weight than I lost, my weight kept creeping higher.
Around 1999, I discovered CALP for the first time. I began to follow the three simple guidelines of the program and learned to love it. It was easy for me to follow, it was controlling my insulin levels, I never felt hungry, and I never felt deprived. It was at that point when I first became aware that I was limiting my carbohydrates because one of the guidelines of the program specified that they were to be consumed once a day, within a certain time frame. I still believed that I was supposed to be eating a low fat, high carbohydrate diet, but I also knew that it had never worked for me.
Unfortunately, my whole point of following the CALP book was because I was focused on my weight and it was not coming off as quickly as I wanted. I was doing so well and at that time, my confidence lead me to believe that I could follow any low carb program. I switched to Atkins, hoping to get faster results, and soon realized that it was not the right program for me. I began to feel deprived, my weight loss was still not happening fast enough, and it resulted in failure. Instead of switching back to CALP, I resumed my old eating habits which led me to reach the highest weight I have ever seen on my scale.
Almost five years ago, in 2008, I began following the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan program for the second time. It had been a couple of years since I had stepped on a scale and I believe I was close to, if not more than, my highest weight of 236 lbs. I had several sizes of clothing that I had worn over the years and I never got rid of anything because I was still searching for the right diet that would become my lifelong way of eating. The reason I chose to use my high weight of 236 lbs. as a starting point is because when I began, I could not fit into any of the largest sized clothing that I owned except for stretch pants and my tight around the middle, men's XXL T-shirts.
This time when I started CALP, I did not want to focus on my weight since I believe I allowed it to derail me the first time, and chose to focus on getting myself fit and healthy. I eased right into my eating program and since the only way I knew how to become fit and healthy was to begin an exercise program, I introduced exercise into my program a month later. Our Bowflex machine and my Walk Away the Pounds dvds had already been purchased so I began my exercise program by alternating strength training with cardio, six days a week.
My weight loss was much slower than I would have liked, but I knew I found a lifelong program that I could easily follow. In 2011, I lost close to 100 lbs., actually thankful for every moment it took for me to reach 140 lbs.
The funny thing is that after the years of including exercise as a part of my weight loss program, I weigh 140 lbs., and wear a size 4. Thirty years ago I dieted myself down to 118 lbs., without including any exercise, and I wore a larger size weighing 22 lbs. less than I do right now.
My battle of the bulge is still not over, but I already feel as if I have won. I love the way I eat, I am in better shape than I was thirty years ago, and I am closer to my goal weight than I ever thought possible.
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I'm Teri and I am 54 years old. I have been fighting my weight since I was fourteen, dieting my way all the way up to 236 lbs. I started my weight loss program on March 3, 2008, and at that time I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned, size 18W. I have lost close to 100 pounds, and I now wear a size 4 jeans. My diet and exercise program have me feeling better than I could have ever imagined and I did it without starving or depriving myself in any way.
I am getting myself into better shape and my goal of becoming fit and healthy is getting closer every day.
Here's a link to my Progress Photos.
Current Diet Type
Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP)
Current Exercise Routine
Resistance/Strength Training using Bowflex, Walk Away the Pounds (WATP), & Callanetics