I had been overweight since I was in 6th grade.Imanaged to get by in life by being the funny girl and skipping as many gym classes as allowed. I detested sweating, not because I didn’t enjoy the after effects, but because I didn’t enjoy how I looked while it was happening. I was the girl who would much rather stand up on stage in the spotlight, but at the same time, chose to stand backstage so know one would see my size. Weight loss was always in the back of my mind; but it never seemed possible.
I went on my first diet was I was 11 years old. Since then, I have explored everything from the juice diet, to the cabbage diet, to shots of vinegar. But my favorite form of dieting, the one I used for most of my life was the; whining but not doing anything about it diet. This was also the least effective.
I never considered myself a dumb girl, but the fact that it took until I was 24.5 years old to learn the best way to lose weight, makes me look like I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box. Think about it; it took me 24.5 years to figure out that ice cream every night is not a good idea, and that vegetables are- maybe I was mentally absent when we discussed the food pyramid in elementary school.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I still eat ice cream, on a regular basis. But now, instead of a gallon a night, I do a scoop every few nights. I’ve been learning about moderation and healthy eating since October 2011 when I made a promise to myself to become healthy and to start transforming myself into someone I am proud of.
I am a runner, which I love, but that does not mean I enjoy the action of sweating. It may be a battle I never win, but I’ve learned that exercise is not an option, and it has benefited my life in so many ways other than weight loss.
Over the past few months I have documented my (almost) 60 lbs weight loss journey, and continue to do so for the last 10. I have been working hard to find out what is healthy, and effective for me, on my quest to feel fantastic about myself. Oh, did I mention I did all this weight loss and running while; going to school, working full time, being a step mom and having a social life? Life can get pretty interesting.