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Every journey begins with a single step…my first step on this journey was taken on January 1, 2012.  Let me amend that…my first step on this particular journey began then.  I’ve been on various highways and byways as I’ve struggled to overcome my weight issues.  I’ve managed to lose huge amounts of weight (I’m talking 100+ pounds) several times over the course of my life.  The catch was, I always gained it back…always.

What makes me think this time will be different?  What makes me think I won’t put everything out there for the world to see and not fall flat on my face? I feel it…I feel tired of being tired.  I feel confident that I can continue to do what I need to do to attain my goals.  I’ve got a good support system in place (and for those of you who are part of that support system, if you catch me walking backwards on this journey, by all means, call me on it…I may not like it at the time, but it’s what I need.)

I’ve been on this health and fitness mission since January 1 and I’m beginning to see my hard work paying off.  I’ve lost 11 pounds, exercise has become a part of my daily routine, grocery shopping is easier…I’m able to bypass the temptations, I’m planning and preparing my meals and snacks, I’m getting better at telling myself “no”.

I’ve got several friends who have had bariatric surgery and they are all losing the weight.  Have I considered surgery?  Honestly?  Yes, I have.  But with no medical issues (I know, how does that happen with a 52-year-old woman who has been overweight for most of her life?) to force me down that road, I’d like to do this without surgery.

I’ve finally come to the realization that the journey doesn’t end when I reach my goal weight…it just begins again in a new direction.  That’s where I’ve made mistakes in the past…thinking that all of the hard work was over once I reached my goal weight.  Now I understand that’s when the really difficult work begins…maintaining the weight loss without the excitement of watching the pounds drop off.

So, come along with me on this journey if you’d like…it’ll be anything but boring!!

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