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Starting Over

Posted Jan 19 2010 12:00am
Hi, my name is Kelly and I am overweight.

Those are some hard words to say. Outloud.

This is the beginning of a new me. I am going to be open and honest about my past weight problems and how I am going to overcome them and become a new, fit, and healthy woman. I'm sure there will be triumphs and some tears shed, but that's life. It's not going to be easy, but I feel like if I keep a journal of it here, I will hold myself accountable and I will be able to have somewhere to vent my reliefs and frustrations.

Here it goes...

I am a 29 year old with the most wonderful family ever. I have a husband that supports me through thick and thin. He is an absolutely amazing man and I couldn't ask for more. As we get older and wiser, we realize that we're in this together and as God as our Savior, we can conquer anything. My husband, Willy, and I have two  totally awesome kids. Madison is 5 years old and our little ballerina and Travis is 4 years old and our little superhero. Our kids are our life.

A little history on my weight and how I got where I am.

I was pretty thin and healthy in high school, though then, I thought like most girls that age that I was fat. I know now looking back, I was NOT fat. A couple years after high school, I started to put weight on, which is normal, I was growing. I also wasn't as active as I should have been and put on a little too much by the time I was age 22. I went through some rough times around this time. I married and divorced within a year and a half and with that came ups and downs on my weight.

I committed to Willy in 2003 and we were pregnant not long after that. I have to admit, I ate everything in sight! I was hungry continuously and really didn't eat healthy. I could eat a whole box of cereal for breakfast! I put on about 55 lbs with my pregnancy. After having my daughter, I did manage to get a few of the pounds off, but then got pregnant with my son. My body hadn't recovered from the first pregnancy and then here we go again. I'm not complaining about my pregnancies, I wouldn't trade either of my kids for the world. I look back and wish I'd eaten differently or maybe been more active after having the babies!

In the last 4 years, I have been up and down, wayyyyy up and then wayyyy down. It's been a yo-yo diet. I've tried pills. I've tried watching what I eat, but wasn't exercising. I've tried not eating. That will all work, to a certain point. I gained it all back and then some. My family travels the country for work purposes and I always find myself gaining a lot of weight when we move. It is a combination of stress and eating out way too much. I refuse to do that anymore. I am on a positive ride here, and it's going to continue forever. I just know it. I have finally decided it's time to get serious. I'm not getting any younger. It's time to get healthy and fit. It's time to live my life to the fullest. 2010 is my year to shine and my light will not go out this time. I am confident.

I, along with my family, have joined the YMCA and am exercising regularly. I am making healthier food choices and with the help of www.sparkpeople.com, I am logging my food and seeing how what I eat breaks down. It will break your total day of eating into a pie chart and you can see if you are on track, or if you may need to add more protein and maybe less fat. It's a great tool and would be absolutely lost without it.  I am also a part of a group of friends that we call "Biggest Loser, Home Version". My friends in this group are amazing. We all have different goals and are very supportive of each other. I know some of them in the group, and others, I just met, but it still feels like family. It's amazing to be a part of that. I know with our support of each other and the motivation we will all reach our personal goals. We weigh in every Monday and the group grows every week. It's going to be awesome when we all reach our personal goals and we can say our group shed X amount of lbs.

So here's to 2010. A new beginning. Starting over. Whatever you want to call it.

My name is Kelly and I am a confident woman starting a journey to a healthy lifestyle.
Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
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