Hi! My name is Shannon and I used to be fat… and skinny… and then fat again… and so on, and so on….
So, here’s the quick & (hopefully) painless back story…
-I was normal weight as a small kid until…
-My mom (and I) discovered Little Debbie. That brat had me wearing Pretty Plus sizes all through elementary school.
-In 6th grade I was able to drop some weight – I would skip dinner & go for a bike ride. That got me into a size 9, which was awesome!
-In 7th grade, just when I was getting used to my new figure, my parents decided to divorce. Fortunately a long lost friend was there to comfort me… Little Debbie had my back.
-At 15 we moved to Germany with my new step-dad. I think I gained 5 pounds just setting foot on European soil. The food was all so good, and I could never think of an excuse not to try something new… and why would I? This was life experience!
-College… let’s just say I went to college and wore a larger size when I graduated. 😉
-I finally was able to get to a healthy weight when I started working as a teacher. About halfway through my first year I decided enough was enough & started shopping around for a weight loss program. At that point I decided on Nutrisystem and lost over 50 pounds!
-Too bad it didn’t last… I never reached my final goal and was never able to transition to a healthy daily eating routine.
-The next 15 years consisted of me losing, gaining, trying Weight Watchers, occasionally eating an Ultimate Cheeseburger & fries as my only meal for the day, trying the Richard Simmons little slider gizmo, Weight Watchers again… and again. None of it ever worked.
So, now that we know my ancient history let’s move on to more recent history shall we?
In the fall of 2010 I was not feeling very good about myself. My son was going to be starting school in a year and I really didn’t want to be “that mom.” Add in the totally awesome idea of having a combined 40th birthday with 2 of my 3 best friends, and again, I didn’t want to be “the big one.” (Although I can’t really avoid that being 5’10” – just want to be the big one in a tall way and not a round way. :D)
I originally tried to lose weight on my own. I started a blog and tried to make one change to my eating habits each week… because if I blog about it will work!!! Um… yeah… That only worked for a little while & I was right back where I started. (But the stuff I blog about in this one really will work, I swear! :))
So… after considering the options & weighing the pros, the cons, and the finances (and discussing all of this with my wonderful husband), in December 2010 I ordered Nutrisystem. It was the only thing that had ever gotten me anywhere near a goal weight. Yeah, I was grasping at straws at that point, but anything that could help me not feel so bad about myself was welcome.
A little over a year later I’ve lost 75 pounds, met my goal weight, survived the holiday season and now I’m gearing up for that big party with my friends. My journey to this point has been an experience filled with learning, friends, support and even a few setbacks and disappointments. But I’m living life as the thin person I always felt like, and not the fat girl I used to see in the mirror.
Now I’m starting this blog to help anyone who may be at that desperate point I was. To let them know that this is possible, to give tips to anyone who wants to be healthier, and to pay forward the feelings of success.
I hope you’re able to take something away from this.
Shannon, the Former Fat Girl