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Starting over, again. And again. And again.
I have been on a perpetual diet since I was about 12 years old. Throughout middle and high school I was always a little chubby and wanted to lose 5 - 10 pounds. When I went off to college, I gained the "freshman fifteen" and then some. By the time I graduated, I weighed my highest weight at 148 pounds. Maybe more but I was scared to get on the scale.
When I came home, I lost 5 pounds and have fluctuated between 138 and 143 pounds. I have gone through countless diets but I haven't made any real progress. I am currently at 143 pounds.
I decided to get real about making changes in my life for multiple reasons:
1. My birthday is in a little over a month. I am too young to be overweight and unhappy. I want to be making progress by then.
2. I am going on a cruise next June. Which gives me 10 months to reach my goal.
3. I want to run a 5k with my best friend in November.
4. Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes run in my family. I do not want to be part of these statistics.
I had this A-ha moment this past week on vacation where I was hiding from the camera because I didn't want to appear fat in pictures. I realized that I want to be an active participant in life. I am the one who put the weight on, and I'm the only one who can take it off.
My ultimate goal would be to lose about 25 pounds. I think that 10 months is a reasonable time period since I want to do this right. Eating right and exercise is the only way I will be able to lose it and keep it off. I heard that journaling about your eating and daily habits help, so I'm giving it a go. I'm hoping for support and tips and motivation through this sight.
I've got nothing to lose, except the weight ;)