Hello lovely SheKnows readers! Welcome to my very first column. You’ve probably guessed from the title that this column has something to do with weight loss. But there’s more, I promise.
Keeping our jeans, bellies and minds happy
Shocked by the scale
Let me introduce myself first: My name is Rolla Bahsous and I’ve struggled with weight since I was around 11 years old. I was bigger than other girls in my grade school classes and in grade 11, I hit 245 pounds at 5 feet, 6 inches.
Of course on the way to becoming 245 pounds, I had family, friends and random people my parents knew tell me that it’s a shame I’m overweight because I have a “pretty face” and I should try to lose some weight. Seeing the red needle of the scale stubbornly setting on the bold number 245 is extremely shocking to a teenage girl who had no idea she was even 200 pounds to begin with.
One day, I walked to the library and began looking at books that had to do with weight loss. I ended up signing out a book written by Suzanne Somers called Eat Great and Lose Weight.
Changing my eating habits
After I read it and saw that it seemed straightforward, I showed my mom the basic food combination rules and she began helping me by preparing special meals that consisted of proteins, veggies and complex carbohydrates. Meanwhile, I learned the benefits of cutting out refined sugars and starches so that red needle on the scale began to drop until I was about 180, less than two years into the eating plan. I plateaued here and after five years on the same eating plan, I decided to let the reigns go a bit. I was able to maintain my weight, even though I didn’t follow the eating plan too strictly.
When I started going to the gym more often (at least four times a week to do simple cardio and light, controlled weight training), I got down to 165 pounds, give or take 5 pounds over the course of 2 years. I couldn’t get those last 10 pounds off for good, no matter what I tried as the scale kept bouncing up and down. I tried to be happy with my weight, but I always felt there was room for improvement because I wanted to take hold of my self-confidence and positive body image, and not let a number on the scale shake it.
A vacation from healthy eating
Then my awesome Europe trip this past summer came my way and I ran wild with gelato, cannolis, pizza, fish and chips and lots of refined sugars and starches. When I came back, I could feel my clothes were snug and my belly was sticking out more than usual. I stepped on the dreaded scale and learned to my horror that I gained 7 pounds! Even though I carried on with maintaining my workouts and cutting out refined sugars and starches as best I could, I knew I wanted to do more. This brings me here.
Back in control
I’m here because I want to share my journey with you as I work to accomplish my goal to lose at least 10-15 pounds, get back in control of my weight again, and stop feeling guilty when I treat myself for dessert once in a while. My goal is to find peace with my weight as I continue to live an active lifestyle, being, as Susan Somers says, “fit, not fanatic.” My ultimate goal is to find a balance that keeps my hips, my confidence and I happy. Here I will share my weekly progress, tips, things I’ve learned along the way and even seek advice from people in the same boat as I am.
I know I called this column “No More Weighting,” but that isn’t simply referring to the process of shedding pounds. It’s referring to other weight that brings us down: fears, low confidence and bad habits. So this isn’t just another weight-loss journal to blab about the cheesecake that I shouldn’t eat. This is a column about our very human battles with weight, our senses of self confidence and our sources of motivation. With this column, I propose that we don’t weight — or should I say — wait any longer. Let’s go ahead and grab a healthy treat, sit back (perhaps after a good work out), and enjoy the ride together to a happier, healthier life!