Take 3...here I am starting blogging all over again! The thought came to me as I was out on a solo walk the other day. I have been struggling for a while with the things I want to write. I used to do a lot of writing about my family-like an online journal, but I moved it to a new blog to have more privacy. Then life got hectic (with 4 kids, it has to be!). I hadn't really felt the want or the need to blog in a while.
Then, in January, I made a change. I made a change that I didn't think
would work or that I would stick to. You see, I have always struggled
with my weight. Mostly with being overweight, well, except for the time
in my life when I stopped eating...oh yea, and the time in my life when I
purged-a lot. I was young then, and never very sure of myself.
In 1996, I met the most amazing guy! He quickly became the love of my
life. We were engaged 4 months later and married in December of 1996. He
was the first guy who I felt valued me for me. That was incredible, and
all of the eating disordered stuff from the previous 9 years had
quickly fallen away. The problem was, I have these genes-you know the
ones...the ones that give you this propensity to gain weight. Couple
that with 7 pregnancies (I have 3 beautiful babes in Heaven),
hypothyroidism, and years of dealing with my parents' illnesses and
deaths, and my weight skyrocketed.
Actually, it skyrocketed in the first blissful years of marriage. Y'all,
I had no idea how to eat. I was just enjoying being married and cooking
to my heart's content. Then all of the above stuff happened. I rose to
my highest weight and stayed there for THIRTEEN YEARS! I was what I
called "The Great Maintainer". I have a husband who loves me no matter
what, and at some point, I stopped trying to lose. The reality was that
some of my health issues made it hard to lose weight no matter what I
ate and how much I exercised.
Fast forward to January of this year. Something changed-I am still not
sure what, but something definitely changed. I had a group of
girlfriends (none of whom have/had as much weight to lose as I did/do)
who said with me, "Let's do this!" (I could never do this without the
support of my hubby and these ladies!) So, I started, and 27.9 pounds
later, I am feeling great and ready to write about it.
I still have 75ish pounds to go, so I hope you will join me on this
ride. I know I am going to get there, and I hope you will stay with my
on my journey to health and wellness.