In general, I’ve been blessed
with a nice figure. That doesn’t mean I’m skinny, because I’m certainly not. I’m
curvy. Maintaining my figure was never an obsession though I tried to eat healthfully,
practice yoga once or twice a week, and walk. I managed to muddle through my
30s looking moderately good, punctuated by brief periods of being in very good
shape—that was until the spring 2008.
I secured my first tenure track
job in the fall 2007, which required 180-200 miles of driving (depending on
whether I drove from CT to NY/RI) thrice weekly. By the spring of 2008, my
summer clothes didn’t fitting. A combination of a stressful job situation,
combined with 600 miles per week of driving was the likely culprit. Tenure
requirements demand publications further contributing to my sedentary
life-style as I worked on two manuscripts simultaneously.
Fortunately, I landed another
tenure track position a mere 14 miles from my home in NYC. At the new University
a lunch time weight loss program was offered, and on a lark I decided to join,
not expecting much. My reasons for joining were twofold: first, I was disappointed
with my new larger dress size and second, my 20 year high school reunion was
By the time my high school
reunion rolled around, a few weeks later I had already managed to drop a dress
size. Soon I no longer had to record what I ate, and consistently dropping a
few pounds each week. I lost 20 pounds and four dress sizes. (Wait, do I sound
like Valerie Bertinelli?) Eating more fiber was central. Cereal is now a part
of my life.
I am delighted with the results,
but why didn’t I do something sooner? So too, I’m terrified I’m going to put the
weight back on, given that I’m summering in Providence—where the pounds
originally began to appear. My one-year anniversary of starting the program is
rapidly approaching and I’ve been able to maintain my weight, but I wonder if
my concerns are normal? Does everyone struggle with their weight on some level,
or are there folks who honestly never pay attention?