That is the number of the day.

It’s how much I weigh. It’s a large number, except this is the lowest I have weighed in 20 years.

Since puberty, I have never been small, but I kept my weight to around the 200 mark. Then I quit smoking at 24 and started eating instead. I topped out a few years ago at 316. In the last few years, I have been slowly losing weight by changing what I eat and how much I eat.

Most recently, I had hit a plateau at 275 and thought I would never get past it, but here I am at 265.

Do I still enjoy chocolate and fast food? Yes, just not as often as I use to. McDonalds has started tasting nasty to me, but Firehouse is still awesome. I choose a better quality of fast food at this point. Chocolate has and always will be awesome. I have a terrible sweet tooth.

Moderation is the key. Smaller portion sizes and little to no snacking between meals. I use a smaller plate and utensils when I eat. I’ve trained my body to know when to be hungry by eating on a schedule as much as possible. If I get off schedule, the smaller plate keeps me from over eating.

Am I perfect with this? No! I hurt my hip recently. I’m the cook in the house and I haven’t been able to stand up long enough to cook, so we have eaten more delivered food in the last three weeks than the prior six months combined. Now, that my hip is starting to feel better, I’ll be back in the kitchen!

Basically, it all boils down to, it takes time, effort and dedication. You have to figure out what is right for you and stick with it. I’m still working on different ideas on what I can do to lose weight. I have another 120 pounds to lose to be at the ideal weight for my height. 105 pounds would get me to where I was before I got pregnant the first time. That’s my end goal.