Thursday, September 20, 2012

My WTF Moment.

Everyone has their “WTF moment” when it comes to weight loss. What is a “WTF moment”, you ask? You’ve been living in denial about your weight gain thus far. Sure, you’ve noticed that you may need to inhale, hold your breath until you’re on the verge of passing out just to button up your pants, or maybe you’ve tried taking several self-portrait pics with your phone, only realized at every friggin’ angle you look like a bloated Elvis on pills and booze. Then you blame the camera for looking the way you do. Psst, sorry…that’s how you really look, girlfriend. But then comes the “WTF moment”. Something just hits you and you think, “Whoa, I have GOT to do something about this”. Maybe it’s seeing a pic of you on vacation. Perhaps you noticed it when you went into the Old Navy changing room, and wanted to bolt out in tears because the fat size you bought made you look like a stuffed sausage. Or was it the time your 3 year old touched your belly and asked, “Mama, are you’s having another baaaaaaaayyyyybeeeeeee”?

Growing up, I was nicknamed “dried chicken butt” (thanks to my endearing aunt). So, how in the hell did “dried chicken butt” turn into “fat moo cow”? It was the extra ranch, cheese and croutons on my salads. It was the fries on the side of my chicken burgers. It was the nightly Snickers and Hershey bars I was eating for dessert. It was those fuggin’ delicious Girl Scout Thin Mints that made me anything but thin. It was the 12 pack of Dr Pepper’s that I would plow through in two days! You mean, here I was pushing 30 and my metabolism wasn’t that of a 15 year old anymore? Pfft! One day, I ran to Wal-Mart (don’t judge) to grab a scale and decided to test it out in the aisle. BIGGEST…MISTAKE…EVER! I underestimated my weight by 20lbs. When I stepped on that sucker and read 184lbs, I nearly tipped over. No exaggeration, I could feel my face turn hot, my head got dizzy and I wanted to puke. Surely that was a mistake. Wait, this scale is reading 184lbs, too? Off to grab another scale. Steps on it. Same results. Wants to die right then and there. 184lbs may not seem like a lot to some of you, but for someone who was an athletic 120lbs a majority of her life, well, this blew big baboon balls. Damn, I knew my husband was lying to me about my weight! Then again, I lied to him about his hair loss, so we’re even.


In March 2012, I decided it was time to put my ass into gear. After seeing a few pics of me during a recent trip, I said, “Oh helllllllllllllllllllll no am I going to be the fat wife and mom”! My hubby and I joined the Y and that was the first day of my change. After speed walking, I got the balls to start running. Of course, I underestimated myself, but then I thought if Forest Gump could run across America, why couldn’t I run a few miles a day. And I did it. No excuses. A mom of three boys somehow managed to find the time for herself. You know how I did it? I wanted it badly enough. When you want it, you’ll find a way. Unfortunately, my knee had other plans, so I went from 4-5 miles a day to 2, but that was a-okay by me!

So, here I am 6 months later and down 35lbs. I don’t believe in dieting, but lifestyle changes instead. Dukan, Paleo, low-carb and all that fancy smancy stuff might work for some, but I’m not that kind of gal. What works for me is good ol’ fashioned moderation. As a former Dr Pepper addict (do they have DP Anonymous groups for us?), it was tough, but I knew it’d be worth it. Dr Pepper – gone! Water – in! Portion control is what has helped drop the weight and only with small modifications. I don’t do carbs after lunch, only eat whole grain goodness, no fattening sauces or dressings and am overall more conscious about what I’m putting in my mouth. Hey, get your mind out of the gutter. I’m talkin’ food here, ladies! To make this change means much more than weight loss. It’s to be in the shower, wash yourself and feel how much thinner your hips have gotten. It’s to see your legs actually get a little gap in them. It’s to take pictures with your family and not strategically place children in front of you in hopes that they hide your chubby rubber tire. It’s to feel hot! It’s to know that while there’s a lot in the world that you cannot control, you CAN control how your body looks. It’s to hear, “Wow, you don’t even LOOK like you’ve had three kids”!


And for the love of Gad, don't think you have to give up everything you love. Hey, if I'm eating 21 meals a week that are all modified healthy, bet your boo-tay I'm going to splurge on a chocolate snack, or enjoy every bite of my cheat meal (Mmmmmm, Raising Cane's anyone?). Another thing to remember, too is it's natural to occasionally fall off the wagon. Keep in mind that it takes 3500 calories to gain ONE pound. Is it worth hating yourself because you indulged in a cookie that was 150 calories? Indulging in a 200 calorie milkshake isn't going to break your hard work, I promise. It's the eating them every day, in excess that damaged the goods -- not sporadically treating yourself. When you fall, don't sabotage all of your hard work. Brush your knees off and get the hell back up!

- Vanessa S.



My "WTF moment" before pic of me and Forest. He's saying, "Back off my box of chocolates, fatty". After pic is me at 155lbs. I've lost 5lbs more since and hopefully will hit my 130lb mark before Christmas! Slowly, but surely.

12 comments:

  1. Wow. I definitely know how it feels to go from being able to eat anything growing up to now having to watch what I eat to get back to my athletic build. Great job! Keep it up!!

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  2. Love it! And I agree 100% that you really, truly, have to WANT to lose weight! AWESOME job!

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  3. You made me laugh! I needed that today. Thank you. I don't feel so bad about subway for lunch now. Great job!!!!

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  4. I had my WTF when I leaned over and my stomach was hanging there. I said that is enough!!! I am truly inspired when I read your blog. It is nice to hear about everyone else like me in the same boat!

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  5. I totally LOL'd at the pic of you & Forrest with the awesome narrative. Great post.

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  6. LOVE love love this!!!! You are doing great and still loving life! Still can go out to dinner! Just portion control! :)

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  7. Have you been reading my mind because everything you said is exactly how I feel!! Way to go on your lifestyle change and weight loss, keep up the good work!!

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  8. Thank you! I needed this today more then ever!!

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  9. You ladies rock! Thank you so much for the comments -- I'm glad I could bring a smile to your face. :)

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  10. I so totally just had my WTF moment! My birthday was last week and on my birthday, my hubs asked me to pick up the pics he had uploaded up I picked up pictures from our vaca the previous week. My husband took - AND HAD PRINTED - a TON of pics of me in a bikini when I didn't know it. I mean, I knew that I had the bikini on (but there is no way I should have had it on!), but I didn't know he took the pics of me. I'm glad he did thou, because it was really the kick in my fatass that I needed! Thanks for being here and being in my weight loss front-row!

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