John asked, I answer.

July 6, 2009

John A. asked me to blog about my weight loss, which confused me for a moment. I’ve written so much about it on LiveJournal that it didn’t occur to me that I have a new audience. Doh!

Anyway. In January 2007, I screwed the pooch when it came to my finances, so in order to get back on track, I started looking at my budget. The first and easiest thing to chop was my food budget — it’s cheaper to fix your own food than to go to a fast food outlet — and I set a goal of feeding myself for $5 a day or less (I ended up feeding myself for $3 a day on average). At that time, I weighed about 360 pounds.

In February 2007, roughly a month after I started dealing with my budget, I was getting dressed for work one day, and the stuff I put on didn’t fit right, and I couldn’t figure out why. In my defense, I hadn’t had coffee yet, so it took me a few minutes to connect the dots: eating cheaply meant I was eating better, which meant I was — doh! — losing weight. My best estimate is that I lost 20 to 25 pounds that first month.

To be honest, it was ridiculously easy to lose the weight (roughly 140 pounds to date) just by virtue of eliminating fast food and most processed foods from my daily intake. It’s a bit embarrassing, really, because if I’d known it was going to be that easy, I could have done this years ago. I’ve been maintaining my weight loss since I lost my job, which I regard as a victory. If I exercised at all, I would probably start losing again, but with the upheaval of moving back in with my parents and going back to school, exercise is the last thing I’m thinking about. Maybe in the fall, maybe not. Either way, once I’m more settled again, I’ll work on losing that last 40 or 50 pounds.

When people ask me about losing weight, the one thing I tell them is to drop fast food completely from their intake. About a month after I stopped eating it, my skin tone had noticeably improved, and people were telling me how healthy I looked, despite the fact that I still weighed well over 300 pounds. As far as I’m concerned, fast food is poison, and the sooner those restaurants go out of business or start serving real food, the better.



  1. Thanks for sharing, Tara. Your story is especially great because you took a negative (financial woes/job loss) and turned it on its head.

    • Every time I think about how I lost the weight initially, I just shake my head and go, “Only me.” I don’t worry about it, though, because there’s no way I’m arguing with the results.

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