Enjoy Erin’s amazing story:
“My journey to a healthier life officially began on September 9, 2008. On that date I began Jenny Craig and weighed in at 258.6 pounds. Overall, I was unhappy with where I was and a lot had to do with my weight. Getting to this weight wasn’t a choice, it was a reaction. I suffered with bouts of depression and anxiety when my parents divorced after college. This coupled with work stress and a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), made it easy to eat but not really note what I was eating. After a family dinner to celebrate my 31st birthday when my grams referred to me as a big girl (implying my age not my size), I realized I needed to make a change because of course I took her comment as an implication to my weight.
My mom had done the Jenny Craig program so I did my research and found a center between work and home, and called to make an appointment. My counselor was great and I never felt shamed to be walking into the center. I followed the program rigorously (allowing myself a few cheats now and again) and also made a point to become a regular at the gym. It helped that there was a gym close to my house and also one close to the office. The one near the office offered 30 minute express classes, which allowed me to leave the office for a quick workout and then go back to work. I was halfway to my goal of a 100 pound weight-loss in May 2009. Shortly after what would be my last weigh-in at Jenny Craig, I was laid off.
While some would be scared to death, it was the best thing for me. I embraced being free to look for my next great adventure. While at times it was too much, I was very comfortable with what I was doing and who I was working with that I don’t think I would have ever left on my own. I moved to NYC that summer and accepted a job at the end of July in Connecticut. Doing a reverse commute left working out before or after work a dedicated chore. In October 2009, I discovered the Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp and signed up for the Slim & Strong program. On the first day of the 4 week session, I weighed in at 225 pounds, a gain of 18.2 pounds since May…not cool. The session really did kick my butt (as promised) and by the end I had lost 10.5 pounds. I had a renewed excitement about working out and did my best to stick with a second session of Slim & Strong, but I allowed my commute really put a damper on those efforts.
During 2010, I sporadically would workout with BBBC and was pretty conscious about what I was eating, but nothing too strict. Over Christmas break, a friend and I decided we would train for and complete a half-marathon the first weekend in April 2011. When I registered for the race I put a pace of a 14 minute mile but really I just wanted to finish in less than 3 hours, even if it was 2:59:59. Knowing I would need a 13:40 pace, I made a playlist according to the course which was a little over two laps of Central Park. I was pleasantly surprised to see the clock at the first mile telling me that I had just ran a 12:30 mile. Over the course of the race this pace pretty much held true (even with some walking). I finished in 2:49! After the race I thought I would keep up with my running since it was a nice escape, but the thought of lacing up my sneakers and hitting the pavement made me cringe.
Since in my head running wasn’t an option I needed to find another way to get some exercise into my life. I decided that I would try a bar class and without ever having stepped foot in the studio I bought a 30 day new student package. On Monday, May 16th, I took my first class. The instructor commented how I was brave to buy a package without taking a class first…game on. I took my first break on June 18th after 34 straight days of class. During this time I also started watching my diet and kept my food intake to mostly proteins and veggies (for individuals with PCOS this is very helpful). The diet combined with the classes helped me lose about 19 pounds in my first month and tone up tremendously. That summer I chose to wear tank tops to work and show off my newly sculpted arms (when before they were reserved for weekend wear only) and purchased shorts to show off my legs which had become leaner. It was at this point that I regained a confidence that had been lost after my parents divorce.
During 2012, I maintained a regimen (though not strict) of running, BBBC and bar classes. I had been at a plateau with my weight for most of the year, but after Hurricane Sandy the number on the scale went up. A regained focus in February and March of 2013 brought the number on the scale back down and if you read my last post you know what happened after that…