Up Close and Personal
My husband and I at our Wedding
Fletcher, Biggie and Karma
I am an emotional eater -- I eat when I am happy; I eat when I am sad; I eat when I am angry; I eat when I am bored....you get the idea. Another problem for me is that I LOVE food. I have yet to master the concept that you should Eat to Live not Live to Eat....but I am working on it. Also, I have really bad sleeping habits and my lack of routine affects my eating habits. I tend to wait to eat and then I binge and eat too much in one sitting. Ultimately, I am hoping that admitting all this will help me to accept and correct this behavior. *sheepish grins*
Robert Newton Anthony once said, "Most people would rather be miserable than risk being happy." I am trying my best in this life not to be one of those people.
I think the riskiest thing I have done was to move across the country in 2004, from Fort Worth, TX to Winnipeg, MB (Canada), but pursuing the love of my life has paid off and I have now been happily married since 2006. I met my husband in 2002 when I was 230 lbs. - not so good on my 5'6" frame. He met me at my heaviest weight and has supported me through both the losses - I lost 70 lbs. at one point - and the gains - I am now back up to 220 lbs.
I am very lucky that he loves me so much he claims to hardly notice the size of my jeans, but his unconditional love is part of the emotional comfort that I rely on to justify my unhealthy choices. That is not to say that he is to blame for my weakness....I know that only I can take responsibility for my psychologically and physically damaging rationale. I want to lose the weight for me, and I know that our relationship will only grow stronger if I can permanently succeed in obtaining a healthier lifestyle.
Another risky thing I've done was to quit my job as a design consultant which paid really good but was making me miserable. I went back to school and graduated in May 2004 with a BA in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. As soon as I finished, I packed up my life and moved to Canada where I immediately began coursework for my MA in English. I recently finished my thesis and officially graduated in Oct. 2008 from the University of Manitoba. I hope to be a successful writer of both fiction and non-fiction and I believe my education has provided me with the best tools to achieve this goal.
Now that I am done with school, my husband and I have decided to start a family. However, I'd like to reach a healthy weight before I get pregnant so the entire process is more comfortable for all parties involved - a healthier me equals a healthier baby, right?
I love to help people! My friends always joke that I am the mother/nurturer type of person. It's not that I'm altruistic; in fact, I literally derive pleasure from making others smile. So I guess you could say that my happiness often depends on the happiness of those around me.
I am currently employed as a Research Assistant for Graduate Students with Disabilities in the English Dept. at the U of Manitoba. I work closest with Vivi, a blind woman who has become one of my nearest and dearest friends.
When it comes to pets, I truly believe that rescued love is the best love! I think some people are best suited with specific breeds, and so I don't judge those of you with pure bred animals. But if you are looking for a companion and you have the time to scour a pet shelter, some of the best dogs and cats are waiting for your love! The reason I stress taking your time is because a successful adoption relies upon compatibility. If you take the time to find a good match, you and your new companion will have a long and happy life together!
I, myself, am the proud companion of two rescued dogs. A German Shepherd cross named Biggie whom I rescued in 2001 and a beautiful mutt named Karma whom my husband and I adopted in 2007 (all we know is she is a herding dog of some sort - maybe part Border Collie, Cattle Dog or Kelpie). I also had a rescued Miniature Schnauzer, Fletcher, who died on my birthday in 2007 after five and a half love-filled years.
Lose a total of 40 lbs. by Sept. 2009
Start Weight: 220 lbs.
Goal Weight: 180 lbs.
Lose a total of 60 lbs. by Sept. 2010
Start Weight: 180 lbs. (hopefully)
Goal Weight: 160 lbs.
Complete at least 30 mins. of exercise a day, 6 days per week
As of 10/10/08 I am consistently working out 3 days per week
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)
Hometown: Austin & Fort Worth, Texas
I hate it when people say, "You have such a beautiful face." They might as well just say, "you'd be really beautiful if you were thin." I know I am beautiful on the inside, but I'd love it if the outside was healthy and beautiful, too.
This user doesn't have any public blog entries.
Secrets of Success
This user doesn't have any secrets of success.
| Pounds lost: 3.0