• The scale no longer defines me! ~ Joan’s story

     

    IMG445Other than my weight gain after pregnancy, I’ve never had a major weight problem.  Most of the time I was careful to eat very little, and stay active doing some type of cardio.  Usually riding a stationary bike or walking.

    In May of 2011 at 5’7″ And weighing 141lbs, I wanted to lose about 8lbs.  My body wasn’t looking like I wanted it to.  I thought losing more weight was the answer.  Wow, was I wrong.  I joined a calorie counting website:  ate 1400  calories, did cardio everyday, went to bed hungry and…yes, I quickly met my goal of 133lbs!  But whenever I would eat over 1400 calories I gained weight!  So, for almost a year I ate 1300-1400 plus LOTS  of cardio!  And my body still didn’t look like I imagined it would.  Another crazy thing is, that during that year I fired my hair dresser because my hair was failing out and I thought it was her fault!   I now know it was my under eating and poor nutrition that caused it to fall out!

    But I was skinny.  Yes,  skinny…with no booty and thinning hair!

    lifting weightsOn about March of 2012, I befriended an angel named Lucia!  She told me about “Eat More to Weigh Less,” lifting heavy weights, eating TDEE, and macros (protein, fat and carbohydrates) —  all these things I had never heard before.  (Although…she already had my attention  at “eat more to weigh less!”).  She sent me an invite to the (then) newly founded EM2WL group on MFP.   I upped my calories to 1700 over time, then to 1850.  I set my macros to 40% carbs, 30 % protein, and 30% fat.   Eating 300-450 calories more a day!  I was like WOW!!  At first it was hard.  I started by having an extra protein shake for a snack, or eating one ounce of nuts.  Then, I think around a month or two later, I met another rambling angel — Kiki!  She led me to Cathe Friedrich strength training workouts.  My first DVD purchased was Muscle Max.  I dusted off my son’s weight bench, bought some 10lb dumbbells, then 15lbs, then 20lbs,  a barbell, and now I have my own weight room!   In October 2012 I joined the Catheletes and did STS total body strength training 3 month workout.  I did deadlifts, squats and bench presses, oh my!!  I was in love with weight lifting!!  And now STS is an annual October 3 month session for me.   Yes, the scale did go up, but over time the tape measure went down and down!  I now can enjoy healthy meals and not feel deprived.

    lifting weightsI am lifting weights and building the body I used to dream of having in my 20s and 30s — NOW at the age of 49!

    I work out 2-4 days a week, lifting weights or doing HIIT, depending on my schedule.  I’m eating more, and still wearing a size four!  But more importantly, I gained strength and confidence in myself.   Now, I wear my hair short because I want to, and I have a booty!    The scale no longer defines me.  I didn’t have to starve to reach my goal, and I don’t have to starve to maintain it.  And neither do you!

    Thank you EM2WL!  I’m so proud to be apart of this family!

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  1. Trish says:

    Love this story Joan!! You are so inspiring. And my fave line…”I was skinny. Yes, skinny…with no booty and thinning hair!” LOL! Amazing what we do to our bodies in pursuit of ‘skinny’. Glad we both found em2wl!!