It’s been a long time since I posted. Besides all the other excuses of being too busy doing other things, the truth is I haven’t really been sticking to any sort of diet. I might have broken up with food that’s bad for me for a while but we all got back together again. Why do I go back to relationships (with food) that I know aren’t good for me? Because they taste soooo good.
But when someone at work actually asked me that question (the title of this post) it really hit home. How did I get fat? I let myself get this way. No one forced me to eat things I shouldn’t. No one put the soft drinks and fried food in my hands and made me eat it. I did that.
I was thin once. At some points in my life I’ve even been too thin. So what happened? When I was in my early twenties I worked close enough to home to walk to work. So I did. Three times a week I walked the 45 minutes to work. Sometimes I even walked home. Other nights I got a ride. On top of that on Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday night I would go to a bar for dancing with my friends. I wasn’t much of a drinker so I had a beer, maybe two. I didn’t see it back then but I was actually getting exercise. Over two hours of walking a week plus, if I’m conservative with my numbers, at least 3 to 4 hours of dancing a week.
Then I got a job that wasn’t as close to home. The walking stopped. The dancing at the bar continued. But so did eating food at weird hours because I worked nights at a bar now instead of during the day in an office.
Boyfriends drifted in and out of my life. We did a lot of stuff on the go or last minute so that meant a lot of eating out. Other jobs came and went as well that didn’t allow me to walk to work anymore. As with a lot of office jobs there are snacks, lots and lots of snacks, to help get you through the day. But they don’t help you keep the pounds off.
I did really well once with the weight loss but for some reason I fell off that wagon and gained back all the weight I’d lost plus a lot extra. Now I’m at the highest weight I’ve ever been. I’m putting a stop to it NOW.
When I got fat isn’t the problem. It’s how to get healthy again that I’m going to concentrate on. I have 114 pounds to lose. First goal – 10 pounds. When I reach that I’m going to get a pedicure! One little goal at a time. It will take a while but I’ll shed these pounds.