18.7.12

Day #1: Pauperized.

Disclaimer: First entry is kind of extremely long. No worries, I won't bore you this much in the future :)

As I sat here watching the Detroit Tigers game and surfed the internet I made a decision. I decided to start a blog. A blog that I will write in to document the next 365 days of my life. There are two things in life that I struggle with. One, my weight. I am 5'5" and I weigh approximately 280lbs. My BMI is off the chart, putting me in the "morbidly obese" category. Second, I love to spend money. I like to buy clothes, stuff for my house, craft supplies and I love going out to dinner. Cooking is NOT my thing. For this first entry, on day 1 of my year, let me give you, the reader, my background story...



Hi! I'm Chelsea!

So, that's me, Chelsea, with my husband, Bob. This was taken in April of this year. As, you can see, I am obese but tend to carry my weight fairly well. I don't think I look like I weigh nearly 300lbs, but that could be my own distorted perception of myself. Anywho, I'm 27 and I am a registered nurse in a busy emergency department in Michigan. I work full-time and am also a full-time student. I working towards a bachelors degree in nursing, so that I can pursue a master's degree in nursing education. I have two step-children, Bryson and Chelsea. Let's recap...full-time job, student, husband, family...

I am busy, busy, busy!

My busy schedule makes me tired. Tired makes me not want to cook good, healthy food or work-out. And thus, we are back to problem #1...

Obesity.

I have always been a big, curvy woman. Ever since I hit puberty. This largely is due to the fact that I am a stress eater. Some people get stressed and lose their appetite. Mine, however, gets significantly worse. I eat when I am happy, sad, stressed, depressed, pissed, etc. I love food. I love fried, greasy, chocolately, sugary food. The stigma associated with obesity is laziness. I am NOT lazy. I am not a bum. I love to look cute. I like to stay busy and active. I am on my feet for 12 hours a day when I work. To fix my battle with obesity, I have made two decisions...I will cut back on fast-food, junk-food and stress eating. I will also work-out more regularly. I have a gym membership at Planet Fitness...it's time I used it to it's full potential. Also, my husband is determined to teach me to cook. This should be fun. Working out and eating healthy? Ugh.

Let's move on to problem #2...

I's a broke biotch.

I know what you are probably thinking..."She's a nurse...how is she broke?" Well, before I was married, I was single for 5 years. I was single and I liked to spend money. I came out of college behind, starting my career with student loans and credit card debt. But I still liked (and did) spending money. 

Then I got married. I married for love...not money. Bob (aka Hubby) has more debt than me. Half of his checks get taken for child support. Plus, he owes the IRS money (the child support and IRS stories are long and thus, will be left for a different entry). At any rate, this will take me into yesterday's devastating turn of events...


So, I'm at work, saving lives (or heavily medicating people with back pain, caring for people with runny noses and cleaning up vomit...er, something like that) and I receive a phone call from the bank. The lady on the line tells me she received a letter from the IRS who is making her "levy" all my money. Uhm...what? MY MONEY? I don't owe the IRS a dime. Oh...that's right, my husband is an authorized user on the account and thus, my money is his money. $943.36 is gone, into thin air, without a warning. Please note, this is the first time in over a year that I actually had money in my savings account. A feat, I had been working towards for a good, long while. Now, it is all gone. Mind you, Hubby and I have been communicating with the IRS to resolve this matter. Apparently, they still were not happy. Now he owes $250 a month until his debt is paid. Oui. For those who know me, this is no easy task. 

And thus...we must budget. Big time budget. No more eating out, no more fast food, no more spending. This is going to be tough...

So, now I am dieting, working-out AND budgeting??? This year has turned to crap pretty quickly. 

Until tomorrow, 

Big, Beautiful & Broke Chelsea

6 comments:

  1. "This year has turned to crap pretty quickly."

    That's one way to look at it... a better way to look at it is as a starting point to something new and exciting. The three goals you set won't be easy to achieve; if they were, everyone would be thin and rich. Those changes will require a lifestyle change altogether. But in living that different lifestyle, you're going to learn to be comfortable and happy in a way you haven't felt in a looooong time.

    I graduated weighing 210 pounds. I hated how I looked. Hell, I still do. But I made a few changes, mostly with my diet because about 70 percent of weight loss is dietary. I cut down immensely on carbonated soda (one or two a week now if that). I went out to eat once a week or less, not three or four. I made a list of all healthy or even semi-healthy foods I liked to eat and focused my grocery shopping on those foods. I always go grocery shopping after eating because chips/snacks don't look as appetizing with a full stomach. I started preparing food (grilled chicken, red potatoes, etc.) for work so I wouldn't order out or go to the vending machine. I ate a piece of fruit 20-30 minutes before every lunch or dinner so I wouldn't overeat. Instead of three big meals a day, I started eating six small meals at about 300 calories apiece, which *heavily* contributes to fat loss. I started drinking skim milk, using whole wheat bread and I *never* order fries with a sandwich. If I ever did go out to eat, I'd split my entree into two or even three and saved it for later. These are simple changes to your eating habits that, as long as you stick with it for a few weeks, you won't break out of in the future. And you'll gradually lose a lot of weight. I'm at 184 pounds now, 26 down from two years ago, still trying to get to 175.

    As for working out: If you're looking to lose a lot of fat, go running when you wake up, on an empty stomach. Your body will turn to your fat for energy burn. And do "High Intensity Interval Training." Jog 1 minute, sprint 1 minute, jog 1 minute, sprint 1 minute for 15-20 minutes, 3 times a week. Try increasing it to 4-5 times a week after a couple weeks. And don't eat for at least an hour after. This is a type of training that "shocks" your body's metabolism and shoots it straight up, and it will burn fat like crazy. It's not always going to feel good, you're not always going to want to do it... but believe it or not, my best running days come when I feel lethargic going to the gym. TRUST ME. I feel so much better and more accomplished after it's done.

    Two more HUGE tips: Drink a lot of water. Always have a water bottle on you and fill it up with fountains at work if you need to. Body needs to be hydrated to keep metabolism flowing. And lastly: SLEEEEEEEP. The body needs rest! You need 8 hours of sleep a night. Doesn't matter when. The less you sleep, the more stressed you feel, the more you'll eat.

    Speaking of which, the hardest part of all this will be those moments where you want to indulge, especially when stressed. Find other stress-related activities, maybe meditation, that will help alleviate that. The only way your body's going to remove those stress-induced cravings is if you stop eating when stressed.

    One more thing: What I like to do is count how many miles I run in a week and translate them into money to go out and indulge in a craving once a week. One mile = $1. So if I run 15 miles in a week, which is my current average, I have $15 to spend on food at, say, Buffalo Wild Wings. Although I never even spend that much there anyway!

    I know all this is going to be daunting at times, especially the financial angle, but think about how much better you're going to look and how much happier and more comfortable you'll be a year from now.

    If you ever need any motivational help, let me know (although I'm going to check on you... that's your warning).

    Good luck, sis, you can do it!

    -Brian

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  2. I have problems with my weight also. I have a membership at planet fitness that I have been paying for for over a year and have been there maybe 3xs. Oh when I started the membership...does that count. I have taken another approach since I don't have the time, another excuse I use. I have started using done beach body products. Of you can lose weight without them but thus is what has helped me. I did the insanity workout and now I'm doing done weight training because they say muscle burns fat. I have lost about 26lbs and inches. I am trying to eat better. I don't call it a diet I call it a lifestyle change. I even got my kids eating better because I'm not bringing the junk food in anymore. I watch my calories. I keep track of everything that goes in my mouth. I also wear a body bugg. Look it up online. It might work good for you. It tells me how many calories I burn in a day. So I then make sure I burn more than I eat. Ex. 3500 calories=1lb/wk. if I burn 2000 cal/day and only eat 1500 then that extra 500 I burn for 7 days (3500cal) means I lose a lb a week. Just my 2cents on what's been working for me. Good luck in all you do Chelsea. You're beautiful regardless. Nykea

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  3. Theres a really nice app too...my calorie tracker, its the livestrong app...recommend it!

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  4. Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the support and advice. Keep it coming!

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