Obesity & Weight Loss Journey Starting from Over 270 Pounds & History of Weight

Phat in My 40's Health Guide January 04, 2010
  • Hi Folks, I'm new around here.  Not new to HealthCentral, but to MyObesityConnection.  I write for a couple of other HealthCentral websites related to the chronic autoimmune diseases which I have.  In addition to those health issues, I am obese and have been for a while.

     

    271.6 lbs - That's my weight this morning.  This is plus or minus 5 lbs the heaviest I have ever been....I think.  Honestly, I have avoided looking at my numbers for fear of running and hiding my head in the sand.  Can anybody relate?

     

    Numbers have confounded me but stuck with me at the same time.  I distinctly remember weighing 135 lbs in 8th grade.  I look at photos and I wasn't fat.  When the high school band ordered new uniforms we had to come in to be weighed and measured.  144 lbs in 10th grade.  Heavy thighs, full chest, but small waist.  Not obese.

     

    As a college undergrad, I came in at 195 lbs in time for one particular New Year's Resolution.  During graduate school, I remember being 230 lbs before consulting with a diet doctor.  With a strict diet, fasting one day a week, and "diet pills" (of some sort I'm not even sure what they were), I reduced myself from a size 18/20 to a size 10!! 

     

    WhooHoo!!  Size 10, but I still weighed 160 lbs.  That doesn't even seem possible, now does it?

     

    So today, the magic number is 271.6 lbs.  My doctors want me to lose weight and change what I eat to protect my health.  I know I need to do this as well, not only for those reasons but simply to just feel better. 

     

    I haven't perused all that MyObesityConnection has to offer just yet.  I am aware of the other websites HealthCentral has which may offer lots of great information, MyDietExercise and FootFit.com.  As I discover and explore, I plan to share what I find with you.  Heck, we might as well do this together.

     

    Now I just need to go find that tape measure.  I want to document things like my thigh, hips, waist, chest, and arm circumferences.  Crazy, I know, but it's all part of the journey.

     

    Blood pressure today: 138/86

    Pulse: 66

     

    (hmmm, note to self - maybe I should take my blood pressure BEFORE I write about being obese not afterwards.)  Undecided

     

    Lisa Emrich is author of the blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers.