So. I’ve had a couple people tell me I should start a blog. Only a couple- it’s not like I have a fan base.
So after some thought I decided to give it a go. And I’m not going to “justify” it, but merely explain what brought me to blogging. We all need some inspiration and motivation sometimes. And I have made my exercise and weight loss journey quite public. Many people have criticized me for that, but let me explain.
I’ve always been the “bigger” (heavyset, healthy, fat, overweight- whatever adjective you want to throw in there) girl. I also had trouble being motivated to do anything about it- so much got in the way. Excuses, excuses. And then I met someone extraordinary- she lost at least half her weight (and she was “healthier” than me) AND has two boys (one with special needs), AND is a single parent, AND those 2 boys are involved in every extracurricular activity under the sun. So what the heck?? SHE still had time to exercise!! Then there is my niece, the particulars of her story I don’t know. What I do know is she has lost a whole bunch- the right way- slowly and with exercise. Time for me to get off my butt.
So you see, they were my inspiration to do something about myself. It’s easy for thin people to tell you what you should do about your weight and tick off all the reasons you should- but unless you come from the “obese” side (rather than needing to lose that pesky 10-20), you can’t understand the undertaking that is. Sure we drop it quicker in the beginning, but it’s harder too. And those habits that got us here are hard to break. And exercise is tough when you’re larger- harder on our joints, and our bodies in general so it’s easy to cop out and say it’s too hard. But the 2 people I mentioned before did it. And so can I.
And so that is why I decided to start a blog. You don’t have to read it- you can go elsewhere, my feelings will not be hurt. But keep your hurtful and/ or snide comments to yourself. Change only comes from positive- and that’s all we will have here 🙂 And out of this I hope I can inspire someone. Even if it’s to park a little farther out in the parking lot or to give up soda or even take the stairs (yikes! let’s not get crazy). Every little bit counts. And that little bit leads to a little more and a little more.
So let’s look at where I started:
240 pounds (yep, 10 pounds from the max on most amusement park rides)
XXL Ladies shirt (XL in men’s or T-Shirts)
Size 20 Pants
And could hardly get myself off the floor if I sat down. And most of my clothes looked like modified tents, with no shape.
Large shirt (!!!!)
And feel a lot better. And my feet don’t hurt like they used to and I can get up and down off the floor so much better!
Yes, I am making a choice to make my struggle public because maybe I can inspire someone else to make a change. I did not want to end up the fat chick in the scooter at Disney, or diabetic, or on blood pressure meds. I wasn’t there yet- but I’m sure I was headed in that direction. And I want to be able to keep up with the grandkids- which I was having trouble doing.
So come along on my journey and see where we end up 🙂