Gaining Weight – The Horror Story

For the last 22 years (all of my adult life) there have been many many many attempts at losing weight. Multiple times for some things.

So I am a hoarder, especially when it comes to weight loss programs, I have drawers and cupboards full of programs. I found a few of my Weight Watchers weigh-in cards and this is where the Horror Story begins:

And here I thought I was fat.

And here I thought I was fat.

Feb-Jun 1995 (age 22)
Starting weight 87.5kg
Finish 83.1kg
Total Loss 4.4kg

Aug-Oct 1999
Starting Weight 109.2kg
Finish 106.8kg
Total Loss 2.4kg

Apr-Jul 2004
Starting Weight 108.7kg
Finish 106kg
Total Loss 2.7kg

Jun-Aug 2005
Starting Weight 129.3kg
Finish 128.1kg
Total Loss 1.2kg

1994 - One of my major horse riding acheivments competing at Sydney Royal Easter Show.

1994 – One of my major horse riding acheivments competing at Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Wow putting this down on paper has been really scary, the thought that in 10 years I put on 45kgs is horrifying considering my attempts were all to lose weight not gain it. I can see how if you average it out 4.5kg per year can just creep on and you just go up 1 size in clothes and voila 10 years later you are hitting size 24-26 and 45kg heavier.

Some other things I have tried over the years have been; Tony Ferguson (shakes), Hypnotherapy, Online weight loss, a variety of other shake programs, Dietician, The Biggest Loser Club, the Cabbage Soup diet, Calorie counting, low carb, no-carb, Light ‘n’ Easy and Sure Slim. These are just the memorable one’s, memorable because all of them were epic fails. I will admit now that it was never the plan or program that I was on that was a failure, it was all me. I could never stick to anything for any decent length of time or I would be the Weekday Angel and Weekend Devil. Basically all of my adult life I have been on 1 diet or another. Monday “Begin Again Girl”, that’s me.  

I was every Gym’s dream member, signing up so many times and then not attending, I have bought fitness equipment off late night Infomercials that later got sold in a garage sale or didn’t sell and therefore the Ab Sculpter is still under my stairs 15 years later.

At my blossoming best.

At my blossoming best.

I had an epiphany (just now) as to what key factor happened in 1995 to start the uphill weight climb, in 1995 I sold my beloved horse, I had ridden horses since I was about 9 and competed at a fairly decent level. So going cold turkey on the only exercise I had every really known I would say played a big part in my weight gain.  

Not to mention I had my driver’s licence and fast food outlets were booming and popping up conveniently (with a small detour) on my way home from work.

So all these years later I may have just discovered where my Horror Story began, do you know what triggered your weight gain and how successful have your weight loss plans been?

Here I am the fat funny person.

Here I am at my heaviest (excluding pregnancy) still the fat funny person.

5 thoughts on “Gaining Weight – The Horror Story

  1. You bet! Every time I’ve been in a relationship with a dead beat! All my life I was slim or ‘normal’. No problem with body image at all as a teenager, ate what I wanted (which was all healthy, normal food) and in my early 20’s put on a bit of weight and only just realised, it was because the guy was manipulative and abusive. Lost the weight, had a great life, met another loser in my early 30’s. Same thing. Ditched him, had a great life then met my (now) ex-husband. Two kids and 13 years of emotional eating later, I’m only just realising how comforting I found food when I was in abusive relationships. Now, I’m not on a diet, keep thinking of my life and how it was before I met him, put the scales in the cupboard and my clothes are getting looser. I don’t need a block of “Snack” every night to feel like my life is worth living. Love your blog. xx
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  2. The whole weight issue is a terrible curse, isn’t it?
    I gained 15kg (which is a lot for a short person) after the birth of my second child.
    I still don’t know what went wrong. I got back into shape really quickly after my first baby without doing anything. I’m blaming middle age spread…and too much wine! :-/
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  3. This really resonates with me – I’m now the heaviest I’ve ever been – I was even lighter than this at full term of each of my 3 pregnancies. In 2011 I lost 18kg, only for it to creep back on again. It’s such a vicious cycle that destroys self-esteem. I’m going to keep trying though, I have to.
    Thanks so much for sharing your story xx

  4. As a newbie to your blog I have to say I’m very impressed and inspired by your journey! Like most, I’m on my own weight loss (I call it getting healthier and stronger journey). All together I think I’ve lost around 25kg (started around 110, now around 85) but for the last year or so I have plateaued majorly much to my dismay!
    I turn 40 in June and was really hoping to be around 75 by then but feeling doubtful as I just can’t stop eating crap 🙁
    Would you have any words of wisdom to offer someone who just can’t stop eating?!

    • Hi Evs
      I am possibly not the 1 to ask about stopping eating crap. My rule is, make a better choice today than you did yesterday, ie if you are going to get take-away, order 1 thing less than you would normally, downsize not upsize, don’t get a meal deal. If you buy snacks when doing groceries buy a smaller size than what you would normally or 1 thing less. Small changes can have big results. Good luck.

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