Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Weight Roller Coaster

I was a skinny kid until I was 10 years old. Not being very athletic and exercising my imagination more than my body, I started gaining weight. I got my feelings hurt often as I would be the target of quite a bit of meanness and the butt of many jokes. This continued until I turned 21. At the time I weighed 260 pounds.

I had some coworkers who took an interest in me and were able to communicate in a way that sounded more helpful than hurtful. A change of eating habits and an increase in exercise, mainly walking, was instrumental in my losing of 60 pounds within a space of a year. Shortly after that was when I met Kathy.

I guess you could say that I lost 60 pounds chasing women but once I caught one I started putting it back on. Three years later Kathy was pregnant with our oldest child. At this time I decided to quit smoking. I was also around 240 pounds. Usually when people give up smoking, they usually pick up weight. I didn't, but rather lost over 50 pounds and when that was done, I went from a 42 inch waist to 34 inches. Unfortunately that didn't last. It would be another 15 years before I was successful in losing weight again.

In 1995 I had the first of three knee surgeries and weighed 250 pounds. My doctor told me that the best thing for me would be to lose some weight. I managed to lose over 40 pounds this time around, but this wouldn't last either.

The problem is that after I lose the weight, I feel invincible and don't notice the pounds going back on. I also fail to realize that I have to maintain a lean lifestyle. Now that I have diabetes to go with my obesity, along with a recent flare up of cellulitis to put a face on it, I'm hoping that this is a motivator to keep things going and maybe be able to maintain a one pound a week loss.

In my younger years I was on enough crash diets to know that these do not work. I have enough knowledge and experience to know that the only weight can come off is the way it went on, and that's ounces at a time.

I am currently fitting into 44 inch waist pants. I have some 40 inch pants in my closet. I hope to be bragging about getting into them soon!

9 comments:

Pat Jenkins said...

great post wixy!! i will root for you to be the biggest loser this season!!!

Shelley said...

Congrats on getting into the 44 inch pants! Losing weight is just 1 step at a time. Me and my hubby have been walking together and incorporating more fruits, veggies as well as oatmeal. I wish you great health!!

Mike Golch said...

Goog for you.I know about weight struggles as well.I'm pullin for ya!

Gin said...

Slow and steady wins the race. You are right...crash diets don't work. Good for you!

Jen said...

Congrats so far and Good luck Cliff!
Everytime I lose a few lbs. I get cocky and think I can then eat whatever in great amounts. That doesn't work either. Portion size works best for me; and not the American portion sizes.

Syd said...

Keep working at it Cliff. Small portions and exercise are the trick. I am 6 ft. tall and wear 32 waist, but I'm finding it harder to maintain that with age. I have to watch what I eat now.

Daisy said...

The Dr. told my husband he needs to lose weight too. It isn't easy but he's trying. Good luck to you, Cliff. You can do it if you stick with it. Hang in there.

Diane Vogel Ferri said...

good luck with that. It's one of the unpleasant areas of life I think - always having to think about weight. But it is because we are so blessed with an abundance of food!

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

You're hoping to start going one way - and I'm seemingly headed the other. LOL. Seriously, before this year, 32" waist pants, or even 34" waist, fit me fine. Just about 3 weeks before my birthday, I noticed I was barely fitting 34's, and not even CLOSE on 32's! So I upped to 36", and well... right before I got sick this week, I realized even THOSE were quickly becoming too small! Maybe getting sick, will prevent those 36's from getting too small so fast!