So, today is the day. The day I begin writing on a blog. My first blog.
My motivation to get this party started was plain and simple.
My best friend has found so much support through her blog, during hard times, celebrations, job changes, & her first pregnancy. I thought that I might reap the rewards of such support as well as find enjoyment, motivation, and satisfaction in sharing my weight loss journey with you.
The reason I want and need to lose weight is because:
A) I miss my "old self", the self from my outdoor education days....the daily mountain bike rides self....and marathon runner self.
B) I want to have a BABY. I want my body to be healthy during pregnancy for myself and for the baby. And, I want my body to be able to "bounce back" after pregnancy (I'm sure mothers out there are laughing at me right now...but just let me pretend this is true in my delusional world).
C) Dude, I am 26 and have HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. WTF!?!?
I haven't always been overweight....but I've never been "skinny". The body I am comfortable in is an athletic one. I like the feeling of having endurance for outdoor activities, playing with my niece and nephew, and life in general...and I find that I am at my best (physically & emotionally) when in a solid and consistent exercise program.
In the last 4 years I've gained about 30lbs. The majority of the weight gain happened in the last 2 years during Nursing School....AKA the HELL YEARS. I am totally an emotional eater....my body SCREAMS for carbs and mochas and chocolate and cupcakes when I am stressed. Now that the HELL YEARS are over...the time is right. I am ready to lose weight and be healthy.
So, my goal is to lose weight through exercise & diet...specifically: yoga, running, hiking, biking, strength training and the "Best Life Diet". I think it's important to have a well rounded approach to lifestyle changes and I have the experience behind me through nursing school, a personal training course with the American College of Sports Medicine, and years of working at fitness facilities. These experiences all together create a pretty awesome foundation for me to start this process the RIGHT WAY. As far as "The Best Life Diet" being my diet of choice.... I have come to really appreciate how Bob (yeah, Oprah's Bob) approaches weight loss and dietary changes. I'll write more about that in days to come.
Now to the rough part...the MOMENT OF TRUTH.....my weight now and my goal weight. You ready? Here goes nothing..............
CURRENT WEIGHT: 186.9 lbs
GOAL WEIGHT: 150lbs
*whew* that wasn't so bad.