Sunday, May 05, 2013
Hi, my name is Heather. I've spent most of my life being the "chubby chick". I have been frustrated ever since my teenage years when my weight really started to hold me back from things I wanted to do. Fortunately, I have an amazing, supportive husband and group of other friends in my life. Now that my kids are into elementary school and don't need my attention constantly, I've decided to do some things for myself. The first one that I have accomplished was getting my black belt in tae kwon do. I've spent the last 3 years in the ATA, working with some amazing people who never judged me by my weight and showed them that I could not just succeed, but compete! I was the 2012 state champion in weapons forms in Iowa (colored belt 30-39 women). Now I am training to do Warrior Dash with the members of my tae kwon do club this fall. I'm using Couch to 5K to get myself started with running and hopefully get rid of the some of the 100+ pounds I need to lose to get close to my BMI. Yeah, I know...you look at my picture and you wonder how on earth I weigh 276 pounds...its fairly evenly distributed...although a side profile would tell you a lot of it is in my butt! LOL! In case you haven't noticed, I have a quirky sense of humor. it allows me to enjoy and see the world from my kids point of view sometimes. My son is autistic and ADD and my daughter is super smart, but shy about showing it. They see things so different form adults sometimes, and they are both eager to learn everything! Part of the reason I am trying to lose weight is to be a good example to them and be able to have fun with them. I think I'm off to a good start so far. thanks for reading!