Why on earth would I blog about trying to lose weight?
The main reason for starting this blog is to give myself some accountability. I've tried to lose weight for years. Unfortunately, every time I loss weight, I would gain it back plus some! I am pretty much the poster child for yo-yo dieter.
Then I turned 29. Yes, I know 29 is really not that old, but a few health scares popped up on my radar. A few years back they discovered that I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I lost some weight and the cholesterol went down, but the BP didn't. Now I am on BP medication. Then I was diagnosed with PCOS. Along with possibility of never being able to conceive naturally, I found out I was insulin resistance. The disease makes it difficult for me to lose weight, and it promotes the disgusting belly fat that has caused a few people to congratulate me on my pregnancy. If that wasn't bad enough, a few more tests showed that for a 29-year-old, my health age was the same as a 52-year-old.
So I asked myself... with all the health issues in my family (diabetes and heart disease just to name a few)... how do I want to start my 30s?
I know that 100 pounds in one year is pretty ambitious. Since I am trying to do this the healthy way by exercising and eating right, I am not going to be sad if I don't make the goal by my birthday. However, if I actually stick to the plan and not lose anything... tantrums will be thrown!
Right now I plan to write down my goals and share any tidbits, recipes, and advice for others attempting to do the same thing. Hopefully I can be an inspiration to those facing the same health scares as me.
In order to keep myself on track, I plan on listing weekly goals. They will be small things to keep myself motivated and to start actually BEING healthier. I also plan to eventually post my weight and how much weight I lost. I say eventually because until I actually start losing a few pounds I refuse to actually admit how much I weigh! :-P
On the exercise front, my wonderful boyfriend purchased me a yearlong gym membership for my birthday (it was what I asked for ;) ). On the food front, I have been researching yummy recipes and taking advantage of the Raleigh Farmer's Market as well as making trips to Trader Joes for food I can't seem to find at our local Kroger's. If something I make actually TASTES good and is healthy, I'll be sure to post the recipe on here.
Of course I am not a doctor. I'm not even currently employed! Please remember that my blogging is more for me to keep track of me and that what I chose to do may not be the best option for me or anyone else.
I tend to write how I talk, so be prepared for run-on sentences, ramblings, out of no where topics, and many grammatical errors. If there was one thing I learned in my linguistics's class is that language, dialects, and grammar are constantly changing. Perhaps I am creating a new language as I type. Ponder that fools!