Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I find it ironic that I never thought about the benefits of blogging about my weight-loss journey. I'm a marketing/PR/social media specialist, I basically write for a living. Creating this SparkPeople page is my "aha" moment.
First and foremost, let me introduce myself and share a little bit about me.
My name is Renee, I'm 24, and will be celebrating my first year of marriage next month! I used to be very active when I was younger. I played softball, basketball, tennis and swim team. I quit sports my junior year of high school because it interfered with my part-time job. Little did I know, that quitting sports would begin my slow decline.
In college, I wasn't very active and began noticing some weight gain. Thinking it was natural (the mystical Freshman 15), I thought nothing of it. I transferred to a larger, 4-year private college and gained even more weight. Again, I thought I would magically lose the weight once I had my degree.
Then I got engaged my senior year of college. So I was a planning a wedding, working a part-time job, working an internship and still going to school. That was the final nail in my weight-gain coffin. I began to stress, then eating to relieve my stress, then stress over all the food I was eat. The cycle repeated itself until I ended up over 200 lbs. Ugh!
So here I am, desperately wanting this weight to get off me. Going up stairs leaves me winded, I can't keep up with my husband when we go hiking or even for a walk, I find myself eating larger and more portions than all my friends and worse of all, I have to keep buying larger clothes to fit me.
So, I'm taking a stand. My weight gain has left me depressed, feeling unwanted and generally disgusted with myself. I will no longer let me weight define me, control me or impact my life. This is my declaration. My battle. And I WILL win.