Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Today is the First Day...

This is a picture of me from April of 2013, just six years ago. I was about to turn 50, I'd quit smoking and lost 70 pounds, going down from a size 20W to a regular size 12. I was following a Paleo diet and lifestyle. I could hike for miles and hours nonstop, motor uphill better than my husband, and was healthier at 49 than I'd been at 29. Still, I looked and felt fat because of my abdomen, waist, hips and butt.

Because of how I felt after looking at images of myself, I raided my father's cookie drawer and my mother's candy cupboard and started eating sugar again. My younger son and stepson graduated from high school that year, and anticipating a large turnout for the double graduation party, I ordered a larger sheet cake than we ended up needing. Not being able to resist, I ended up eating most of what was left--a substantial amount of cake. 

Shortly afterwards, I started going to the gym again, but I'd stop for groceries on the way home and reward myself with a candy bar. Slowly at first, and then quickly, the weight came back on. Now I've gained all of that weight back plus a few more pounds, putting me in the category of being truly obese as for the first time in my life, I'm 100 pounds over my ideal weight and approaching the age of 56. 

Why am I sharing this with you? Because I'm also noticing more health concerns than I've ever had before, and I've decided it's time to do something about it. I watched a video that my husband sent me since he's also facing some of the same problems that I have and we're both concerned about being in our 50s and very overweight. That video led me to watching others by the same person and learning that my health is in far more danger than I realized, so today I decided that there's no more room for excuses nor procrastination, today really is the first day of the rest of my life.

What that means is that I started my day with tea and stevia (SweetLeaf brand because it doesn't have dextrose or other sugars added) rather than coffee and sugar. I'm making sure that all of my snacks are healthy, mostly raw vegetables. I'll make a large bowl of salad today rather than buying the greens and having them rot away in my fridge. I've started to walk, I'll keep going on that and make sure to get in some kind of workout when it's too cold or wet to walk instead of making excuses and being lazy. Due to my success before, I know that I can do it again, but I also know that this time around I need to do some things for those abs so that I don't derail myself because I still feel fat when I lose weight and gain health. 

So I've started this blog to share this journey so that 1) I'm accountable to someone besides my husband, and 2) perhaps all that I've been through and am doing now can help someone else. I'll be raw and honest here and in my videos and although there might be some overlap, there will be some different information as well. 

So if you're interested then follow my blog and check out Dr. Rhonda Patrick because she shares a lot of amazing information.