Week 4- Devin Eldridge

Posted: April 23, 2011 in Devin Eldridge, Week 04

Age: 30

Height: 5′ 5”

Started: April 12, 2010

Beginning weight: 283 lbs

Current weight: 183 lbs

My Journey

I am on a journey to lose weight. Sometimes I think it would be easier to ignore that person who is looking back at me in the mirror. I know it’s going to take a lot of hard work and commitment to get the weight off. I’ve always been told “You didn’t put it on overnight, and you won’t take it off overnight”. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been overweight. At my heaviest, I weighed more than I did when I was 9 months pregnant. Over the years, I have tried different things to lose weight and have lost a few pounds here and there. But things would happen, and I’d always give up and gain it all back and more. This time, I am trying to do things differently to keep myself motivated.

What made this time any different from the others? I guess I reached the point where I WANTED to change the person I was. I don’t like this person!! (This person has low self esteem. This person has no energy. This person is always depressed. This person hates herself).

The way I feel sometimes is as though I am standing still just watching my life pass me by. I used to tell myself, “I have to have to do this for my son. I need to lose weight so I can do things with him”. Instead of watching my life, I want to live my life. I remember going to an amusement park with my son and he wanted to go on a ride with his mother. For this ride, you had to be buckled in and I could not fit the strap around my waist. I had to get off and my son had to ride alone.

Every time I went to see my doctor I was told that I needed to lose weight. With my family’s medical history (diabetes, heart disease, obesity. etc.), I knew I would not live long unless I made a change. You can have someone tell you that everyday and still not do it. You have to do it for yourself when you are ready. That’s what I realized last year when my Dad had a stroke. I knew then that something had to change. For the first time, I was doing it for me.

I have been going to Curves for Women for 7 1/2 years, but was not following the diet plan and my exercise was inconsistent. There would often be long periods of time when I was not working out at Curves at all. When I realized I needed to both exercise and eat well, I talked to my Mom about a website called Sparkpeople.com. You can go on the website and track what you eat, your caloric intake, and log your exercise. It turned out to be just what I needed, to see it all out in front of me. So, I got on board and signed up with Spark People, started going to Curves 3 times a week, and would walk 2 miles at the track at Inter-Lakes high school 5 times a week. That’s when I really started to see results. At first, it was hard trying to eat right and exercise, but i would just give myself goals, 5 pounds at a time, and discovered I would lose the 5 pounds and more. Then i would set bigger goals. Even when I didn’t always reach my goal, I kept at it. It wasn’t until I lost the first 50 pounds that it started to sink in that it was working. I was eating 5 small meals per day totaling between 1300 and 1500 calories. I found it best to read labels and measure all my food portions. This helped keep me from opening a bag of snacks and eating the whole bag. I mostly stuck to snacks that were individually portioned, 100 calorie snacks, and when they were gone, I was done eating.

I have been over weight since I was very young, and I loved my food, but i never realized anything was wrong until someone close to me told me that I had a food addiction. “No i don’t. There’s no problem, I just like to eat,” I would tell myself. Once I realized I needed to lose weight in order to live my life, I saw that I did have an addiction to food. If I was bored, depressed, happy, anxious, whatever the emotion, I would always turn to food to make me feel better. Even though I have better eating habits now, I still have that addiction and slip off every once in a while, but I just need to tell myself that I need to snap out of it and get back on the train. I still treat myself to a dessert or go out for Chinese food from time to time because I love food, but now I enjoy it in moderation, and I don’t beat myself up over these treats.

I started my journey on April 12, 2010. It has now been a year and I reached my goal: I have lost 100 pounds. It’s been the best thing I have done for myself in 30 years. A year ago, I didn’t think I would be where I am today, but here I am: I’m healthier, happier, and more active, because I set goals and I didn’t give up.

  1. Brian Weeks says:

    This is awesome, Devin – Congratulations and thank you for sharing your personal journey with all of us. ❤

  2. Robyn says:

    Aw, crap– you made me cry. (And I had even seen a draft of this before.) I am so incredibly proud of you, and I love that you are a part of our family. Oh, and I love that you’re a Geek, too!

  3. Michael Sean Piper says:

    Devin- I am proud of and inspired by you. One of the hardest things to do in life is to change something about yourself. “They” say people never change; “they” are wrong. Your success is proof that no one has to accept things as they are. I believe we are all teachers, and you are leading the class right now. Thank you.

  4. Kenia Cris says:

    You’re inspiring, Devin. Thanks for sharing your journey which made you an even more beautiful human being. ❤

  5. Be says:

    Congratulations! You are amazing! I’m on that journey too and have set my goals. Feels great to see what can be achieved with the right will power. Thanx for the inspiration!
    Slowly learning to fly….

  6. Amber Perkins says:

    thank you for sharing this. dedication to personal health is quite possibly the best art project ever imagined!

  7. Photobug Shar says:

    Thank you for sharing this journey you will be my inspiration 🙂

  8. Caron says:

    YOU are an amazing person.

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