My Weight History
For most of my 40 years I would say I have fallen into the average or slightly overweight category. My weight never really bothered me, but back in the spring of 2004 a friend asked me if I would like to join Weight Watchers with her and I decided "Why not?" We were both surprised with how quickly and easily the pounds dropped off. I suspect we had age on our side (we were both in our mid-twenties), we lived relatively stress-free lives and could put a lot of focus into planning meals, and we had each other. I reached my goal weight within just a few months. It was amazing!
During those first few months of weight loss all I did was change my eating habits. I was busy teaching and didn't really spend anytime on exercise. Of course, all that changed once summer came. I had all day at home and I discovered I really enjoyed going for walks (sometimes even running) and other forms of exercise. There were times my roommate and I would go for 3 or more walks a day! Even though I had really stopped keeping track of my food, I was still making relatively healthy food choices and all the exercise kicked my metabolism into high gear. By the end of that summer I was the thinnest I had ever been and at the bottom of the recommended weight range for my height. Realistically, I knew that there was no way I could maintain that weight especially once school started again, but I was again surprised when I continued to hover right around 120 pounds.
I met my husband the summer of 2005. After having a long distance relationship for a year, I made a huge change and in the summer of 2006 I moved back to the Twin Cities. Once I settled into my new job, I discovered I had extra down time and began going to classes and working out at a local gym. I continued to maintain my weight quite easily and decided it was time to pay it forward and I began working for Weight Watchers the program that had made such a huge difference in my life. I LOVED working for Weight Watchers and helping other people with their weight loss journey! I worked for Weight Watchers for almost six years even through both of my pregnancies.
Speaking of my pregnancies.....I continued to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight through both of my pregnancies. I gained about 30 pounds with my first son. Within a few months after his birth I was able to lose all but five of those pounds and really 125 pounds was still right in the middle of the recommended weight range for my height. My second son was born in 2011. I gained a little bit more (around 35 pounds, I think) with him, but again was able to lose all but five of those pounds. I was very satisfied with a weight of 130 pounds and didn't make any effort to lose any more. I took a leave of absence from teaching and was a stay at home mom from 2009-2012, but continued working for Weight Watchers part-time. As many of you SAHMs know, any chance to get out of the house and talk to adults is wonderful!
When it was time to return to teaching in the fall of 2012 I decided to stop working for Weight Watchers because I wanted to be able to spend that extra time with my family. That first year back teaching I was still doing pretty well maintaining my weight, but sometime round 2014 I stopped caring. I really can't quite pin point what changed, but I slowly started gaining weight. Part of it may have been due to the fact that I was quickly approaching the big 4-0 and my metabolism simply wasn't what it used to be. Some of it may be because I would rather spend time playing with my boys and taking care of them rather than taking care of myself. Being a busy teacher and mom left little time for working out and properly planning healthy meals. Thanks to Pinterest I discovered I loved cooking, but I didn't always pick out the healthiest new recipes to try. So, in 2016 and I found myself weighing more than I did when I was 9 months pregnant.
That's when I first started my blog and YouTube channel originally titled "Plan the Pounds Away." In December of 2015 I discovered YouTube. I know....where had I been, right? I found myself hooked on watching different channels about organizing, planning, and being a mom. One day while I was home from work with a sick boy I started searching for blogs and You Tube videos about using a planner to help in losing weight. Amazingly, I came up with almost nothing. That same day I came across an ad for the Imperfect Planner Sale at inkWELL Press. The sale had started a couple days before, so pretty much everything was sold out, but they just happened to have a planner left with the one layout and style that had piqued my interest. It was as if the stars had aligned and something was telling me that I should buy that planner and use it to help me lose weight. I suddenly became excited about the thought of putting my organizational skills (my slightly OCD nature) to use and seeing some results. As I thought about it more, I decided since I wasn't able to find much in the blogosphere about using a planner like my liveWELL planner to lose weight maybe I should try my hand at blogging and if I'm brave enough even make a few videos.
For two years I shared my weight loss journey as "Plan the Pounds Away." That first year I lost more than 10 pounds! I wanted to lose another 5-10 pounds in 2017, but was thwarted by some health issues and found myself gaining five pounds instead. I could be down and depressed about that, but instead I am choosing to look at the good healthy habits I developed and that continue to influence my family and am optimistic I will get back down to my ideal weight in 2018.