Okay, so I am your average college student - still living at home with my mom, still trying to find a job, in a relationship, blah blah blah. However, I am writing this blog to allow you into a deeper level of my life, which a major part includes my weight-loss journey. A lot of people have problems losing weight and feel like if they have more support then it would be easier. I am in the same boat and would like to share my journey with others.
I first became inspired to do a blog on my life and journey after reading Sara Rue's blog with Jenny Craig - which is ironic because kids use to tease me in middle school and high school about my weight and told me I should call 1-800-JennyCraig - cruel!
I feel like it was helpful for her to be able to blog about it and have a support group, which is what I am aiming for as well.
Okay - well if you are reading this, chances are you need some inspiration and help on losing weight, as do I. We can all do it together! :)
After all this random rambling, let me get down to it.
Weight loss is not easy, as everyone knows, but I am a full believer it can be obtained on your own without surgery or expensive diets because face it now-a-days who has money for that? Also, programs like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers WILL help you but only if you follow their program, which you can also do on your own without paying membership fees. (Not knocking their programs because I believe they can work but you have to remember it is also a mental game as well)
IT IS NOT EASY! A lot of people, including myself, get very frustrated with the weight not coming off as fast, especially when you see celebrities do it and you have inspirational shows like The Biggest Loser on TV. They are dropping weight like it's no ones business but if you pay attention or follow any of them, majority of them gain some weight back after they leave. It's all a journey and to be honest, if you expect fast results then you are setting yourself up for failure.
Honesty - my friends always peg me as the "honest one" because I am never afraid to speak the truth while all this time I was lying to myself about my weight. My weight became a problem around 7th grade and just (obviously) got worse over the years. Since I begin gaining weight (8 years ago) everything just began to spiral downwards and the weight kept coming on. I hit an all-time weight-high in December of last year and decided I've had enough. It was time to make a change, time for a new beginning. So in the last week of December I decided enough was enough and began my weight-loss journey.
Since I am by no means small, I knew it would take a while to get the weight off. I had about 80 pounds to lose. I started out by cutting all fast food out of my diet and all soda. I worked out 5 days a week and cut my portions. Sounds easier then it was. At first I thought I couldn't do it but over the next 12 weeks I noticed that my stomach MUST have been shrinking and I had lost 25 pounds! I was so excited and was getting ready to go to Ocean City, MD with my family for the weekend. This is when the trouble began. All we did was eat out and because I hadn't been preparing for this really (even though I knew the trip was coming) I splurged on almost everything I could get my hands on - of course not my families fault because I am an adult and make my own food choices!. That weekend, which included no working out, was just the start of another downward spiral. I gained 6 pounds on the trip and completely gave up all hope on losing weight again and was frustrated. I think this happens to a lot of people and they begin to make excuses why they cannot continue or why it isn't working.
That was 8 weeks ago. Tonight, I just finished reading all - yes every single one - of Sara Rue's blog (http://www.jennycraig.com/successstories/blog/sara?prettyURL=/sara) , watching the videos of her before and now and not to mention re-watching the last episode of The Biggest Loser (while bawling my eyes out because I feel how they felt when they were overweight). All of these put together, I've decided I am taking a stand and going to re-activate my weight loss journey and I would like for you all to be a part of it. Like Sara, I am going to blog about my weight loss, gym time, food time and overall week, each week, and would love your support and comments. I am here for you to help you through your struggles and will be there for every single one of you. Together we can make this journey on shedding the weight for life.