Hi, I'm Dee and I'm 53 years old. I live in central Illinois and am an RN, but have a desk job.
I am married and have 3 kids and 2 grandkids. I've never been athletic and my hobbies are all sedate ones - computer, reading, etc. I did run for about a year (or less), but then started putting the weight back on.
I was a normal weight as a child, but as puberty hit, my weight climbed and climbed. I was about 220 in high school and felt HUGE. Then I got a job at a gas station (full service) and did nothing but run from pump to pump all day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There was no food at that station, just a water fountain, and I was usually by myself - so no lunch breaks. I was too tired by the time I got home to fix much to eat and would normally just have a sandwich or a bowl of soup. I wasn't a breakfast eater either and really don't remember eating anything before work.
As a result, I got down to about 140/size 10. I met my husband and married. I put on a good 5 pounds before the wedding because I was learning to eat faster; a typical meal/lunch for me by that time was a whopper jr and a small fry (remember when a small fry was SMALL, lol). Anyway, I'd eat my sandwich, then munch on the fries till I was full… well until I met DH… he'd have my fries eaten before I got that far, so I learned to eat faster.
I stayed at about 145 - 150 till I started having kids (3 kids in 4 years), and my weight climbed and climbed with each kid. And then I quit smoking, and my weight climbed again. I tried many times to lose, and did a few times; down 30, up 50 was the usual pattern. I'm sure I spent many years near/over 300, but avoided the scale like the plague; not to mention that scales seldom went over 300 back then.
We've been on several mission trips (1-2 weeks during vacations), and shortly after one, when DH was already talking about the next, I was so frustrated and dreading the trip. I've never had to ask for a seat belt extension on a plane, but have come close. And the seats are so cramped - especially when your over 300. So another woman (from Indy) and I decided to become accountability partners. I lost a few pounds on my own, and then stumbled across CK.
Long story short (oops! Too late, lol), I discovered the forums (they used to be right on our Today page), and really got interested in fitness, not just the numbers on the scale. So I was exercising and losing consistently. I also had good support at work and elsewhere. Once I got close to 200 or a little below I actually started running with a friend at work, and another friend was hiking with me on the weekends. (Neither is still around).
In 18 months I went from around 300 to 163 and was plugging right along. Then people started to point out how close to goal I was; I hadn't noticed. So I decided to re-do my profile and found CK was recommending fewer calories. That was a mistake for ME because I was exercising like a maniac. I think the decreased calories put me into starvation mode, because I started having little binges and putting on weight. At first, I'd say, "That's okay. I won't go over ____(the next 10 lb mark)", but I did, and I did, and I did… and here I am. Ugh!
Now, I'm back to my OLD, old habits and am yo-yoing in the wrong direction. Perhaps I can find some mojo here. Thanks for the invite.
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06)
March start = 258.8
Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.