I was born July 28, 1968 to a 16 year old mom and an 18 year old dad who had just been drafted into the Army and was about to be shipped off to Vietnam.
But here it is, July 27, 2018, and I'm about to turn 50 tomorrow. I have no idea how I wound up here, because on 95% of days, I don't feel my age, nor do I look it. I've been blessed with good genes on the skin department (except I have already battled invasive malignant melanoma).
I've always been a creative and imaginative kid. And active! I played sports mostly. I never took dance or gymnastics. I played mostly softball, swam, and rode my bike as fast as I could. I was fearless! And I was mean! Just ask my brothers! Maybe that is why I prefer action adventure movies over chick flicks!
One thing though, I was never overweight. I was tall and muscular, but I also had a curvaceous figure. Something that most girls my age did not have, so I was already struggling with body image issues at a young age. But it was mostly because I did not "look" like the other girls, even if I was extremely healthy, just with a different body type.
As I entered my mid-20's I actually became comfortable in my own-skin and began to live a healthier and much more God-centered life. I learned how to become more fitness oriented and how to eat healthy. I maintained a healthy weight and lifestyle, and it showed. But I also worked in physically demanding jobs that kept me moving.
But when I turned 29, I decided I needed a change in my life, so I went back to college and earned my BA in Professional Writing for Business Applications Development. Now I work in the IT world as a Software Quality Assurance Analyst ensuring the quality of software before it is released to the customer. But that also meant that I would no longer be working in physically demanding jobs. Plus, the stress levels were about to get tested. Needless to say that as I entered my 30's, maintaining my weight was about to become harder.
In my mid 30's, I needed a change in my life, so I moved to Minnesota for a change in scenery. I did not go over 200 lbs yet, but I was too close to it. I found that the lifestyle of living in Minneapolis is a much healthier one, so losing weight was very easy, and it came off quickly. But it was also unhealthy for me. So, I came back home after one year.
But after I turned 40, my life began to go through a series of challenges. I'd have a year of ups and then a series of downs. And my weight was a reflection of those of ups and downs. The last two have had me way too close to 300 for my comfort, and now I'm hoping and praying that I can come back down to where I was in my mid-30's once again.
4 years ago in North Carolina
3 years ago in Arizona
1 year ago with my brother
I know I can be healthy. I've done it. I've written out my vision statement and posted it here. Now I need to make the commitment to live out my 50's, starting today and tomorrow (the first day of 50) as a healthy individual. Yes, I know it is starting out rough by having issues with kidney stones, but I don't have to let it dominate the whole story. I have control over the dialogue and where it is leading. This is my story, and I won't let it to continue traveling to 300. It will go back down below 200. I promise you it will.
me in May 2018