This is who I was when I first started writing this blog.
On July 24, 2011, I got a wake-up call. My check-up appointment ended with me sitting in the office until my blood pressure came down. I had never had high blood pressure before. It caused me to take a hard look at my life. Clearly, some changes were in order.
I changed jobs and began a weight reduction diet. The truth is, I didn’t really expect that diet to go any further than the 700 before it had; but, I was approaching menopause and had to give it at least a nominal effort. I began to eat cleaner and closer to the source. Weight fell off. I lost the first 20 pounds within month and a half. A great deal of that was water, but I was happy to take it. All totaled, I lost between 80 and 90 pounds. I went from a size 20 to a size 6. I felt fantastic. Then I hurt my knee and lost my job.
During recuperation, I gained about 10 pounds. That’s not too awful. During my unemployment, however, I packed on another 20. That IS too awful.
When I lost weight initially, friends and family asked a lot of questions about what I was doing and why. The encouraged me to blog about the journey. Obviously, I didn’t do that. However, since I now have 30 pounds to lose, with the encouragement of friends, I decided to blog about it this time. I will share my victories, my defeats, my frustrations, my methods, my questions and I sincerely hope that you share all of those things, as well.
That diet ultimately DID go better than the 700 before it, I believe, because I used tools that shared my progress using social media. My friends and family cheered me on, offered encouragement, and kept me accountable. I lost weight because I had their help. Selfishly, I’m asking for it from them again; however ,this time, I want to use this vehicle to help others, as well.
I am not a doctor, a nutritionist, a dietician or a personal trainer. I share with you my own personal experience and only what worked for me. Consult your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise program.
Who I am today.
Y’all, I ain’t gotta clue. Lawd, ha’ mercy.
Okay, so that’s a super Southern way of saying that I have changed a great deal in the past five years (as we all have, I’m sure). Some days I know precisely who I am and some days, I’m a little lost. On all days, I struggle to be better than I was the day before and, sometimes, I am.