Monday, January 26, 2009

The Beginnings of Progress


I'm just beginning to see some progress in my weight loss. I put on a fitted T-shirt today that I haven't worn by itself in a while (I've been putting jackets or hoodies over it), and it looks better than it did last time I wore it. I used to have to put a cami on under it to smoothe things out and then I'd have to suck in, but today it looked decent! Also, one particular pair of jeans is fitting looser, but I can't tell if that's because I'm losing weight or if it's just because today was the 2nd time I've worn them. Who knows? I think I'm just going to think positive and say it's the weight loss ;)

One reason I've done well this week is because I had my wisdom teeth cut out this past Friday. My face still hurts a little bit today (Monday), and I still don't feel compltely comfortable eating solid food. I tried eating some macaroni for dinner, but it didn't go well. I'm paranoid that some food's going to get stuck back there in the hole or that I'm going to get dry socket. Also, it just hurt. My teeth and jaw are sore, like I said.

Anyway, so basically all I've been eating lately is liquid and soft food like pudding, yogurt, applesauce, etc. Since there's only so much of that kind of stuff you can eat, I've been getting a little bored with eating lately. And that's a good thing! Because most days I haven't even been able to hit my Points target for the day (which is 26). I've been seeing the effects on the scale.

My current statistics:

HW: 226
SW: 212
CW: 201.5
GW: 150

I'm so so so so close to breaking 200! That's what I've really looking forward to. My mini-goal is to get to under 200 lbs by Valentine's Day, and I'm starting to think I might be able to do it. Yay! I haven't weighed what I weigh now in almost 2 years!

[Sigh]... I just hope I can keep on doing this. I've done so well so far... especially with the wisdom teeth diet... haha. I forgot to say that I'm going to have to go on a liquid diet again this summer... I'm having corrective jaw surgery in June, and I'm going to have to go on a liquid dieti for 6 to 8 weeks. I was like daaaaamnnn! That's gonna suck so bad. BUT, I'll probably lose weight, so that's always a plus. Yeahhhh buddy.

So. Here's to loose pants and cut-out wisdom teeth. Hurrah!

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Beginning

Welcome to my blog. My name is Julia, and this blog's name is "Fat to Phat." Why this name? Well, it's because this is a weight loss blog. I want to track my progress, and perhaps share my experiences with others so they can do one of the following: learn from me, laugh at me, or just read. "Phat" is generally a term with a positive meaning, such as "cool" or "bitchin." Fat, however, is a negative term (at least to me). It implies excess weight and unattractiveness. Therefore, I want to go from "fat" to "phat." Get it? Good.

Here are my statistics:

Height: 6'0"
Starting weight: 212
Current weight: 204
Goal weight: 150

My primary method of weight loss is the Weight Watchers (WW) program. However, I don't go to meetings or pay for the online program. I've done WW many times before (with the money and the meetings), but this will be the last time I do it. I've borrowed an old Points calculator and "Getting Started" book from my mom (can you tell I'm broke?), and I talk to her about my progress with it. I'm also going to the gym at least 4 times a week and doing at least 30 minutes of cardio.

Why do I think this will be the last time I have to start WW? Why is this the time to lose the weight for good? I think I have the answer. See, I've had a lot of issues over the last few years. Last year I was finally diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and went through some intense outpatient rehab for crazy people. They wanted to put me in the psych ward at the hospital, but I refused, so they couldn't make me go. Anyway, the point is, now I feel better (about a year later). I finally like who I am on the inside. There was no way I could work on my outside if I didn't straighten out my mind first.

Now that I like my interior, it's about damn time I like my exterior! It's time that my appearance reflects how I feel on the inside. I realize that losing weight won't solve all my problems in life. I know that. However, what I also know is that losing weight and being happy with the way I look will definitely have a positive impact in other areas of life. So while it won't make my life perfect, it's a pretty good start.

I've been going since January 2nd, 2009. The 22nd will be 21 days that I've been on WW, and you know what they always say: that if you do something for 21 days, it becomes a habit. Maybe that's how this will work. I hope so!

Thoughts, questions, whatever? Leave a comment.