But then college came. I will admit, I didn't pack on the freshman 15, like everyone says you will. I actually did really well. It was more of a gradual progression back towards my previous weight. It happened so slowly and so subtly that I didn't even realize what was happening. My clothes still "fit" so I was oblivious.
When we got engaged I was your typical college kid...going to class, studying, partying and living on beer, pizza and fast food. So should I have been surprised that when it came time to look for wedding dresses that I didn't feel comfortable in any of the dresses that I tried on? It was then that it clicked. I think I had gained a total of around 35+ pounds in my 4 years of college. It was during my dress shopping experience that I decided I wanted to lose a few pounds before the wedding...fast forward to six months later and I think I had accomplished losing a total of 10 pounds. It wasn't much, but I was proud of myself for that.
|My final dress fitting, right before the wedding.|
|Before: 180 lbs and 30% body fat.|
Now, the workouts weren't the hard part. For me, food has always been my enemy. What can I say? I love to eat! So going from eating whatever I wanted; late night taco bell runs after a night out with friends, or picking up chicken nuggets and fries from McDonald's when I got off work at 10:30 at night, to a strict 1200 calories a day was HUGE! But, that was the turning point for me. What I put in my mouth ultimately pushed me past the plateaus and led me to reaching my goals.
The week before I found out I was pregnant, I had just finished a 10 week weight loss competition through our gym with a grand prize of $1000 at the end. I pushed myself to the max during that time. I wanted that $1000 so bad I could taste it...literally! (This was also 1 year into my fitness journey.) I lost 21 pounds in 10 weeks and 8% body fat. (I took home 2nd place :( So close, yet so far away.) So that number, combined with my other hard work, left me with these stats after one year: 40 pounds lost and down 12% body fat. I weighed in at 142 pounds with 18% body fat. I was so proud.
|After: 142 lbs and 18% body fat.|
Until next time...