I have always had weight problems or perhaps that’s not really accurate, but I don’t think I have ever been skinny. Well, not until I was about 8 lol. I spent most of my undergrad years drinking, eating crap and getting no exercise.
It did not seem to affect me that much, until I got in my early twenties and all of a sudden everything I consumed seemed to stay on my body. It did not help matters much that as a grad student I started to spend most of my days behind a computer.
Very gradually I started to put on a lot of weight. And to be honest I did not even notice. I mean, I knew I was a little on the heavy side, but I did not realize how bad it had gotten until about 5 years ago I stood on a scale for the first time in years and noticed I weighed 200 pounds.
I was very shocked by this and also very upset. It was quite the confrontation with myself and I decided to change the way I lived my life and try to lose some weight. And I have to say, I was very successful.
I never did get very sportive, but I did totally change my eating habits. I won’t bore you with the details, but I basically started eating less and way more healthy. In 18 months I managed to lose about 50 pounds.
Not only that, but I also was able to keep the weight of for a few years. That was until I quit smoking. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done and I could not abstain from nicotine and not allow myself any nice food or booze either.
It made me put on a lot of weight again. Then moving back to the Netherlands and being unemployed for a while also did not really help matters. Slowly I started gaining back the weight I had lost before.
Luckily I did not let it get out of hand this time. But I had been carrying around the extra weight for a little too long. Simply watching what I was eating wasn’t doing the trick anymore.
So after tons of talking about dieting, five weeks ago my mother and I made de decision to really have a go at it again. Yes, with an official diet with specific meals and ingredients that need weighing etc.
I have been eating nothing but little healthy meals for weeks now and I feel great. Not only that, but it’s also really working and I am starting to lose weight. Despite a few nice long weekends away and still being allowed to drink alcohol (I need some rewarding lol), it’s going very well.
I hope to stick with it for a long time to come. What I am looking forward to most is being able to fit into all my old clothes again, especially all my cool pants that have been waiting for me in my closet for a long time now...