Saturday, May 23, 2020
Just saving my old profile here for memory's sake:
My name's Raine. I'm 32 years old and have spent the past 5 years working from home and taking college classes, which means a lot of time spent sitting in front of a computer and not much exercise. I joined SparkPeople for support and community and to help me make healthier choices and set a good example for my son.
I have been overweight since puberty. I had tried to lose weight at times in the past but fell into unhealthy ways of doing it (nonpurging bulimia - I'd binge and then not eat or eat way under 1,000 calories a day to try to make up for it) that just resulted in more weight gain. I sort of "settled" around 265-280 for most of my late 20s & was pretty content there because I didn't have any weight-related health problems and was still able to be pretty active.
Most of my family members were overweight (my mom and sister have both had gastric bypass and my dad lost 60+ pounds while battling cancer), so it was easy to blame it on my metabolism or genetics and not do anything to change it. Until I hit the point where my size actually did start to slow me down, the only problems I had from it were other people's rude comments and not being able to find clothes I liked in my size.
That changed I gave birth to a son in 2010. I was thrilled, because PCOS had caused me 10 years of infertility, but pregnancy caused a thyroid imbalance which left me gaining 40+ pounds after my son's birth. Being more sedentary because of postpartum depression and losing a job where I'd been on my feet all day, combined with poor eating habits and too much time sitting in front of the computer, meant I got up over 325 pounds. I'm lucky to have no weight-related health conditions, but I am ready to build my energy and endurance up and stop carrying around all this excess weight.
My long term goal is to lose over 150 pounds and be down to my goal weight of 165 within 3 years (2018). My fitness goals start with being able to run a half mile and stretch through to a long-term goal of completing an Iron-distance triathlon.