Ready to lose the weight and get healthy.
Let me backtrack a bit.
I have been chubby or fat most of my life. It started when I hit puberty- not that it was a big deal back then. But even when I wasn't overweight, I always thought I was. At the beginning of high school, I weighed 117 lbs. One hundred and seventeen pounds!!! And I thought I was fat. That comes from having a best friend who was 98 lbs at the most!! I slowly gained weight through high school.
During the three years that I was in college, I gained weight. The two years after college, I lost about 45 lbs without even trying.
It wasn't until I moved away, that things went downhill. When a person's habits change or one is hit with a major lifestyle change, it is hard to keep on track. My downfall was getting on the scale after a few months. I had gained 5 lbs! Instead of saying: "Oh shit, I gained 5 lbs," my thoughts were "I only gained 5 lbs!"
I didn't get on a scale much after that. I fooled myself into thinking I was okay. I got married and gained weight. I had a baby and gained more weight. Having a baby changed my metabolism- for the worse. I slowly gained more weight, lost a bit, gained even more. That all depended on what was happening in my life.
I was not a slug through all this by any means. I am not lazy. I walked a lot. That was the single thing I did to lose weight after college- walking everywhere. For the past 10 years I have ridden my bike any where from 1 km to 10 km a day- depending on what was happening. I ride slowly but I ride. I just need to fine-tune the eating and exercise so it is balance at the same time.
I have been on a slew of different diets. Some have worked-- for a while. I have purchased exercise programs off infomercials with the complete intent of really doing it!! And, again, I did them for a while. And they worked-- for a while. I have spent countless hours counting the caloric value of the food I have eaten.
I eat far too many carbohydrates. I love chocolate. I drink too much diet Coke. Chips and cheese- my best friends. I know what I do wrong. I just have to correct these things.
Because I am approaching 50 and although I am still very healthy, feel that if I don't do something now, it will be too late. I don't want to have crippled knees and hips. Or suffer a heart attack too young.
Why here, on-line?
I think it will give me a bit of a check to myself- a bit of accountability, which for me will be a good thing. A diary of the journey. My journey.
Will you join me??