We got weighed and measured yesterday at the gym. It was absolutely mortifying for me and Matt was embarrassed to find he's gained 8 lbs since he lost his job in March. There's something about feeling like you've hit rock bottom that makes your heart shout, "WAIT! I'm not finished yet!" I think it's God telling us not to give up, and to have faith. Keep trying, no matter how many times you fail. So here we are...not giving up, having faith, and trying. When you get to be in your 40s, you've no doubt tried many diets and types of exercise over the years. For us as a married couple (10 years), we've tried Atkins (successful, but not long-term realistic), an elliptical that set us back $1K, Weight Watchers, Diabetic diet, and finally, for me--lap band surgery and a personal trainer. None have been very long term solutions, save maybe for the personal trainer, which would be great if I had a million dollars a year to spend on him. We are trying to find a balance for the rest of our lives that lets us work within our own set of flexible rules, enjoying without overdoing, and incorporating some form of physical activity for at least one hour, three times a week. When we went to the gym (Lifetime Fitness at the Rim) yesterday, we signed up for the 90 day challenge, got measured for fat and weight (ugh) and here are our completely humiliating results:
Polly--height 5'10" weight: 262 BFP (body fat percentage) 43%
Matt--height 5'8" weight: 248 BFP: 36%
I am almost half fat. There's reality for you. I am made up of 43% fat fat fat fat. It nearly made me cry. I think Matt went into a semi-state of shock when he saw his weight.
When we finished induction on Atkins in 2004, I was down to 236 and Matt was 199. So you can see, I've never been "svelte", but I was a size 18, and a 1x. I felt pretty good, actually, and at 5'10" I think I looked okay. Matt was down to a 36 waist and large shirts. We still have some of our clothes in our closet from those days. Can't seem to let that go, you know what I mean?
We signed up late for the challenge by a few days, so technically, we are starting on:
Breakfast: Protein shake for Polly & 1 cup of coffee
2 fried eggs, 1 strip bacon, 1 piece of buttered toast, small bunch of grapes for Matt, 2 cups of coffee
We are supposed to walk a 5K tonight--ohmigoodness! 6PM. Pray for us! I will post pics tomorrow!