Friday, March 12, 2010
So this is what the screenshot would look like if I included a list of my food. You can click on the image for a larger view. I do take pics of my meals on occasion but this is what I was referring to when I mentioned listing it. Let me know your thoughts... We had lasagna for dinner and I ended up having 3 pieces of garlic bread.
This is a picture of me in the courtyard of my folks house sporting a Gunne Sax dress. It was my 8th grade Graduation. A smile full of metal. I was 12 going on 13. I think I weighed about 160ish at the time, which is ironically 5 pounds above my goal now! I found it as I was cleaning stuff out. It brought back a lot of memories. One of which was that a few weeks after this picture was taken, I went to a Weight Loss Camp (Fat Farm) called Camp La Jolla in Southern California.
The program was for 8 weeks and we stayed on campus at UC Santa Barbara. It was pretty pricey then ($4,000+) and I looked at their fee schedule and the same program now is $10,795! Anyways, it was a lot of fun but as a teen it was a long time to be away from family and friends. It was a good program in that you could choose what activities you wanted to do from a variety of things like tennis, hiking, swimming, volleyball, etc. Meals were prepared on site for you and it was pretty good food. They did discuss behavior modification and provided the tools to help you lose the weight and be healthy. One thing I think they should have done back then was to actually teach the campers how to prepare meals (looks like they do now). I even won a makeover and got my hair cut, makeup done and my eyelashes dyed. I ended up losing around 30 lbs. if I recall correctly (it's been 30 years!)
Now, one would think given this wonderful opportunity, that they could maintain the loss and live the rest of their days being at a healthy weight but obviously it did not work for me. In hindsight it should have but eventually I gained the weight back and then some. I guess I just wasn't ready to accept that I needed to make lifelong changes in my behavior and therefore reverted back to my old ways. It was a tumultuous time in my life which I have been thinking about posting about here but still have to think about it. There are some things that happened to me in my teens that were pretty traumatic (some self-imposed) and I wonder if they did have an affect on my weight because I know it did some harm to my self-image. I am just wondering if putting it in writing will help me deal with it, get closure on it and move forward. Any thoughts?
I did go to ANOTHER Weight Loss Camp when I was 16. Carney Wilson was even there with her cousin Jonah! It was through Weight Watchers and was in Santa Barbara at St. Mary's College. I will post about that another day.
Hope you all have a good weekend! I don't have anything concrete planned. I want to go to Zumba at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow AND 24hr is having a special on Personal Training. It is $129 for 3-50 minute sessions which I thought was a good deal and a great way to get (re)familiarized with the equipment and setting up a workout routine. I am really excited about this and think it will be a great motivator to get me going to the gym again and get the scale movin, movin, movin! Until next time...