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The last five years...

Saturday, May 30, 2015

I wrote this blog post in January. I thought I would share it here...

I have always liked adventures. In our early dating days, J and I took many adventures. Some were even spontaneous, induced by an evening of margaritas. It was not really so long ago, but it feels like a lifetime before now. That is where my story begins. I was in my late 20’s when we met. I was a thin size 6 and had a freakishly high metabolism. I was also a pack-a-day smoker. I lived on Dr. Pepper and carbs. I was doing HR work for McDonald’s at the time and so lunch at the office was not always healthy. It didn’t matter.

I turned 30 in August 2009. I quit smoking at the end of September. I was in a size 10 by Christmas. By summer 2010, I had grown to a size 18.

There were several factors that contributed, though I did not realize what was happening until it was too late. Each on their own may not have been detrimental to my health. But all together, it was a recipe for obesity.

· A complete hysterectomy in late 2005, without proper hormone replacement

· Undetected hypothyroidism

· An unhealthy habit of frequent restaurant eats

· Wine and fruity cocktails too often while enjoying the country life in spring

That summer I began to exercise and watch what I eat. However, I was clueless and the vast amount of information I found sent me in dizzying circles. I also have ‘all or nothing’ tendencies, which causes struggles, in and of itself. Health-wise, 2010-2014 was a time of learning and often, times of distress.

In the spring of 2014, I lost about 22 pounds while participating in a program through my job. I have maintained that loss and strive to continue to work to lose more. I have been lucky enough to have support from my family, friends, work family and online groups. I belong to a community recreational center with a full gymnasium, competition-sized pool, track, weight room, and they offer various group fitness classes.

I have learned a lot about nutrition and fitness over the last several years. More importantly, I have learned a lot about myself. I know I have the tools necessary to succeed. I have the determination and the willpower to achieve my goals. Unfortunately, I oftentimes fall short is keeping that determination alive. That’s where this blog comes in. My hopes are that this can be an accountability tool, a journal – of sorts – to look back on and track my progress, and someday…maybe…an inspiration for someone else.

Everyone calls it a weight loss journey. I do not want to be like everyone. So this is My Adventure to Fit.
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    You wouldn't call it a weight loss story, anyway. I'm quite sure that once the excess has left, you have no interest in finding it again!

    Part of my reason for staying on SP is that the challenges keep me focused. I still participate in the quarterly 5% Challenges, even though I don't need to lose 5% any more. And my Biggest Loser Challenge team said I could stay as a "Master of Maintenance" (not included in the team's weight loss). Participation in challenges does not need to be manic -- the mantra is "participation, not perfection."

    I love your "Adventure to Fit"!
    2208 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I love your idea of calling it your adventure to fit! Whatever works is the way to go!
    Good for you for finding the way to be on your adventure. I love this journey and the awesome people that are along for the ride! Keep on sparking and learning. The ride is a never ending adventure! emoticon
    2209 days ago
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