I don’t know what it’s like to be healthy or skinny for that matter, because I’ve never been either of those things. As I’ve grown up I’ve lost a decent amount of weight at times, but it never fails that years later it slowly creeps up on me because I don’t make a lifestyle change. During the summer of 2011 I weighed myself and I was at my heaviest. I was disgusted with myself but that didn’t motivate me to take initiative and do something about it. I can’t say I let myself get to that point due to lack of knowledge. I’ve never done anything to screw up my metabolism like a crazy fad diet, diet pills, etc. I know it requires hard work on my end to lose weight. Looking back at that time I didn’t care enough about myself to do anything about it.
I finally hit rock bottom in 2011 when I had a very messy breakup. I was crushed to say the least because it wasn’t expected. Is it ever expected really? I remember the morning after the breakup, I hadn’t slept all night, and went for a walk to clear my head. I walked and then started jogging; I jogged as far as I ever had on my 240lb frame. I felt better even if it was just for the time that I was exercising. I decided from then on I would keep this up to help cope with the greif I was feeling.
After a few months of walking and the occasional jogging, I joined a gym, and started strength training in addition to cardio. I’m not competitive by nature but I’ve been competing with myself lately to see what I can do. I feel confident and accomplished; two things I haven’t felt in a long time! I am more energetic than ever and I actually look forward to working out (what?!) — that actually happens!
In Spring 2012 I was down to 208lbs, and I completed a 5K, 10K, and a 10-miler. See, anything is possible!
My intention with this blog is to keep myself accountable; I still have more weight to lose, and I want to continue to live a healthy lifestyle even after I hit my goal weight. Most importantly, I hope what I write helps or inspires someone. I’m learning it’s a struggle to take back years of being sedentary and bad food choices. However, there’s no time like the present!