From 378 lbs to 189 lbs – Losing Half of Myself!
I have been waiting for this day for a long time. When I realized I would be losing more than half of myself by the time I reached my goal weight, I thought how funny it will be the day I hit the “half of me” weight in, well today I weigh 189 lbs with a starting weight of 378 lbs, that means I have officially lost half of myself. That is just crazy! It took me over 20 years to put that other half of myself on and only 18 months to get rid of it. Although there is only half of me now, I feel like there is double of me when it comes to my love for life. It’s been fun along my journey, I still remember the day we realized I had lost a “Mitchell” my son, then a “Brooke” my middle daughter and then soon after a “Taylor” my oldest daughter. Well now I have lost a “Robynne”, how cool is that! Soon I will have lost a “Trevor” my husband. This is actually the first time that I have ever weighed less than my husband. When we met he was much lighter and I had already out weighed him. Not that that was a conversation I would have openly had with him at the time. 🙂
I can honestly say I was full of doubt when I started Weight Watchers online on January 12, 2014 but not anymore. Now, I have no doubt I will live the rest of my life at a healthy weight. I will continue to push myself physically, because I LOVE it! I feel bad for those that struggle to make the change for themselves, I can completely relate because it was less than 2 years ago that I was that person. I felt like it was an impossible dream, beyond help, boy did I prove myself wrong. How many times did I read articles from people who had made the change and said their only regret was not doing it sooner. Well this is now me, my only regret is that I wasted over 20 years missing out on the amazing things that I could have been doing. From running my first race, to Tough Mudder, to jumping on the trampoline with my 12 year old son, his smile alone the day we were able to do this together was worth it. I have so many other things I want to do still like zip-lining, kayaking, horse riding, biking, waterski and running my first half-marathon and whatever else I can think of. I want to do it all! It’s safe to say I am on a mission to do as many things as possible now. If I couldn’t do it the last 20 years, pretty much a guarantee I will at least try it now.
My next goal will be the final one of 174 lbs which is the goal weight they say is appropriate for my height. I will likely do these in 5 lbs increment goals to ensure I am successful at each one. I have made a point of doing small goals all along and I am not changing my game plan now. I am hoping to reach this goal by the time I am running my first half-marathon in October, so that gives me 3 months to lose the last 15 lbs. The last 15 lbs are not going to be easy, I probably have that much in extra skin. Now that I am getting closer, my weekly average has slowed substantially so I will try my best to meet that goal. I am not sure if that will be my final weight, I will let my body decide as I continue to be active, my body will determine what my actual ideal weight is.
With all my goals set to what the charts say, do you think the charts that state your ideal weight are accurate? How much attention do you pay to them?