As I mentioned on the Twitters the other day, I am more than halfway through my weight loss journey. The goal is in sight, and I’m so excited to be healthy again! [tweetmeme source=”jolieodell” only_single=false]
I gained a TON of weight while working at ReadWriteWeb — around 30 pounds, all told. I was living a stressful, sedentary lifestyle. Although I was constantly traveling, I wasn’t making time for exercise, and I was eating absolute crap most of the time. And blogging 12+ hours a day didn’t help, either.
So around the beginning of May, I decided to do something about my weight. I started jogging and exercising, and I kept a close eye on what I ate. Yes, the ol’ diet-and-exercise trick — the most brutal and difficult fad diet of them all. 😉
Over the past couple months, I’ve been so sore I could barely limp up the stairs at my house. I’ve been so hungry I wanted to eat three Baconators in a row. But, through a few hours of playing in the park and a crap-ton of fresh fruits and veggies, I’ve managed to kick my own butt into reasonable shape for the first time in about a year.
Here’s a graph showing my weight loss so far:
(The software is FitDay. It ain’t pretty, but it’s thorough and helpful.)
I started out at well over 160 pounds… It’s incredibly embarrassing to even type that, but it’s the truth. My goal date coincides with a Las Vegas trip I bought Eston for his birthday. I figured being able to hang out with a hottie-body in a bikini would be a nice birthday present for him, too. As of today, I have lost almost 30 pounds and am more than halfway to reaching my goal.
Now for the gruesome part, wherein all mine enemies get to roll around in their copious schadenfreude: The fat pics!!!
Here’s me at SXSW 2010. I intentionally picked the photo that shows the worst weight gain. Ham hocks for arms, a rotund belly, even my face looks fat. And boobs like cantaloupes. The boobs weren’t bad, honestly — but you can’t justify 30 pounds of weight gain for big boobs.
And here’s me at Mashable’s recent Social Media Day party in San Francisco last Wednesday:
Not perfect, but much better.
Here’s the graphic point I’m trying to make: Bloggers live a fundamentally unhealthy lifestyle. We are bound to our office chairs, chained to our laptops, and whipped into a froth of stress at the drop of a hat. Our social events revolve around that most healthy of habits, drinking. And we idolize bacon, for some reason.
I have had to force myself to walk away from the newsroom at times to get exercise. Likewise, I’ve had to deny myself most of the foods I love and the things other tech geeks are eating at social events, up to and including booze and bacon.
But is it worth it? Yes, I lost the MagnaBoobs. But I look better, I feel better, I have more energy, and if I keep it up, I’ll be able to live longer.
Totally worth it.
Blogger friends, just a friendly reminder to keep an eye on your physical well-being. I love you guys more than you know, and beyond simply wanting you to be happy — which I do! — I want you to be around for a long time and to enjoy wonderful health.
Stay tuned for more pics when I’m bikini-ready! After four months of constantly working my butt off to get in shape, I definitely don’t plan to hide my light under a bushel.