The last five years...
Saturday, May 30, 2015
I wrote this blog post in January. I thought I would share it here...
I have always liked adventures. In our early dating days, J and I took many adventures. Some were even spontaneous, induced by an evening of margaritas. It was not really so long ago, but it feels like a lifetime before now. That is where my story begins. I was in my late 20’s when we met. I was a thin size 6 and had a freakishly high metabolism. I was also a pack-a-day smoker. I lived on Dr. Pepper and carbs. I was doing HR work for McDonald’s at the time and so lunch at the office was not always healthy. It didn’t matter.
I turned 30 in August 2009. I quit smoking at the end of September. I was in a size 10 by Christmas. By summer 2010, I had grown to a size 18.
There were several factors that contributed, though I did not realize what was happening until it was too late. Each on their own may not have been detrimental to my health. But all together, it was a recipe for obesity.
· A complete hysterectomy in late 2005, without proper hormone replacement
· Undetected hypothyroidism
· An unhealthy habit of frequent restaurant eats
· Wine and fruity cocktails too often while enjoying the country life in spring
That summer I began to exercise and watch what I eat. However, I was clueless and the vast amount of information I found sent me in dizzying circles. I also have ‘all or nothing’ tendencies, which causes struggles, in and of itself. Health-wise, 2010-2014 was a time of learning and often, times of distress.
In the spring of 2014, I lost about 22 pounds while participating in a program through my job. I have maintained that loss and strive to continue to work to lose more. I have been lucky enough to have support from my family, friends, work family and online groups. I belong to a community recreational center with a full gymnasium, competition-sized pool, track, weight room, and they offer various group fitness classes.
I have learned a lot about nutrition and fitness over the last several years. More importantly, I have learned a lot about myself. I know I have the tools necessary to succeed. I have the determination and the willpower to achieve my goals. Unfortunately, I oftentimes fall short is keeping that determination alive. That’s where this blog comes in. My hopes are that this can be an accountability tool, a journal – of sorts – to look back on and track my progress, and someday…maybe…an inspiration for someone else.
Everyone calls it a weight loss journey. I do not want to be like everyone. So this is My Adventure to Fit.