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Continued introduction to my weight loss journey

In my prior post I talked about my dieting in middle/high school/college.  I was rather obsessed for that 8 years or so and was SO HAPPY to finally reach my goal in 1986!  As I wrote I did go way underweight at the end of 1986 after contracting pneumonia.  That weight (111) fairly quickly went to 120 and I maintained between probably 119 and 124 for the next three years - it was heavenly!!!  I got married during that time, graduated with my associates degree and continued working as a secretary (which I had started on and off in 1986, along with working at Orange Julius since 1983) - yes had to learn to only eat a TINY bit of their food!!

 The method of calorie counting or portion counting was my main method, and continued to be for the next decade or so.  I however, didn't see 124 after 1989.  Somewhere in that 24th year for no reason or change I gained 10 pounds, and a pants size.  I was really unhappy with buying size 9s but just couldn't get myself back on a diet to LOSE weight for any length of time nor find time to exercise enough once I was out of the restaurant (it closed in the middle of 1989).  I succombed to settling at 135 and wearing size 9s, and got pregnant with our son Christopher in 1990.  3-4 months in I got SO sick that I did lose that ten pounds, got back in my 7s for like a month, and then put it all back on and had a healthy boy ....

When Chris was 3 I did finally get on another portion control plan (Richard Simmons Deal a Meal!) and got down to 132 (I had maintained at 145 after Chris was born).  This didn't feel so bad and I enjoyed it for about two-three months before I got pregnant with my daughter Colleen.  Determined to only gain the adequate amount of weight (which I pretty much did with Chris) I was surprised to gain TWICE the weight I did with Chris, and didn't lose the 10 pounds, ending up maintaining at a hefty 165 after she was born.

 Certain numbers of times later not succeeding with sticking to any weight loss plan went by, and then something changed in 1999 with a new method I learned about called Weigh Down.  I actually wouldn't recommend it now as I think it can wreck metabolism if taken too far, but it was simply a method of eating only until barely satisfied but whatever you want to eat.  I went from my then high of 180 down to 155.  I did quit losing then (surely because my metabolism was suffering, but I didn't realize it) and then became pregnant with our third and last child.  I DID only gain the recommended 35 pounds and went back to a fairly decent weight afterward of 165.  

to be continued. 

Introduction to my weight journey

My regular blog is at  I have been entering weight/diet posts on there periodically the whole time, since I started it in 2003.I had also extensively journaled on a web site I made in 1999/2000, but believe those posts may be gone due to some lost web sites and backups.

 My weight loss/gain summary:


I was chubby throughout childhood, always about 10-15 pounds overweight.  My first successful weight loss (to normal weight) was in 1977 or so when I was 12.  I was about 5'2" or 5'3" and went from 130 pounds down to about 115.  I stayed there a few years and felt comfortable with that weight.  I also often practiced gymnastic flips and went jogging and played basketball.

 In around 9th grade more studying and less exercise caught up with me and I found myself back at 130 or so.  I definitely was a solid 5'3" by this time.  I never got back to 115 then, but I did yoyo for the next three years from 130 to 125 and back up again.  

 Senior year brought me back up and OVER 130 as I worked in a restaurant with some very good pies!  I went back on a plan, this time very different with no sugar and only eating two times a day, and quickly went down to 120 pounds.  I started senior year at that weight and heard many compliments.  I no longer worked at the job, but took on many many classes and had a goal of bringing up my GPA to get into college easily so stressed myself out, obtaining a 4.0 for the year and packing on a whopping 25 pounds in just a few months.  I graduated weighing more than I had in my life, 145.

 Started college and by Christmas I was 160 pounds.  A comment in a clothing store that I need to go to the "big women's" store caused my weight loss again.  I calorie counted my way from 1984 - 1986 (very slowly, like I'm trying to do now) back down to 124 pounds.  In November of 1986 I contracted pneumonia and went all the way down to 111 pounds.  For the first time in my life I was underweight and looked it.


To be continued...



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