Well, the past year has been a total disaster. I gained 40 pounds, lost all ambition to succeed and really gave up on myself. I fell into a state of depression, knew it and just didn't care. A few months ago that all changed.
In July of this year I tried out for The Biggest Loser in Philadelphia. I didn't make the show, but found a wonderful group of women who I now call my friends. We all keep in touch online and are planning a reunion next July back in Philly. I had a really busy summer and didn't get the chance to start a new healthy eating plan, I was in Iowa with family and at their mercy for food......but I did the best that I could and after being there for five weeks I didn't lose any weight, but I didn't gain any either.
Now, back to the rest of my story. Just a few weeks ago I started a blog and you can visit if you like. I began a journey that will take me over 2200 miles in the next year. I'm going to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, which is just under 2200 miles but I will be training for the next 9 months in which I will log hundreds of miles. You can watch my progress here in my fitness journal.
Along with the fitness I need to improve my nutrition too. I need to lose about 150 pounds all together, but hope to be down to at least 180 pounds by next June 1. I can leave Mt. Katahdin in Maine on June 1...if the weather cooperates. If not it could be later, but according to what I've read, no sooner. The mountain is closed from October 1 to June 1 due to the weather.
Now, I know that I can lose 100 pounds in 9 months, that's only 11 pounds a month. It's not excessive, the average is 10 pounds or 2.5 pounds a week. It does mean a tremendous amount of commitment. And I can't quit this time. Last year I was working my butt off and not losing weight and I still don't know why. This time if I seem to be struggling I will figure out what is going on and make it work. Nobody said this would be easy.
I will make my BL reunion. Philly isn't too far from the trail and I should be close enough for someone to come pick me up for our first reunion. I should be pretty fit by then, if I leave Maine on June 1, I will have been hiking for about 6 weeks before the reunion. I'm guessing I should be in half way decent shape by then....and a few more pounds lighter.
I know this sounds like a lofty goal, but I have to achieve it....you see, there are others who are planning on hiking with me. I instigated this trip so therefore, I have to be able to make it. It's not just about me, it's about other people too who have set this as a goal for themselves too. So I'm hoping to get support from all of you here too. I know that SP is a great place for support and I know that with all the support from all of my friends and family I can do this.
I'll keep you posted on my progress, and you can follow my blog, which I post on Mondays. Until next time have a wonderful and blessed day. therealhappyhomemaker.bl