Hi all. I've been a member of this site for years now, though I tend to come and go (in pattern with my yo-yo dieting pattern). In 2008, I lost 52lbs on Weight Watchers, and I felt amazing. It was the first time I'd ever had a success with the scale, and I was so proud of myself. Then, the 2008 holidays came and my plan sort of went... and I put back on 15lbs by mid-February when the shame became too much for me and I finally dragged myself back into a WW meeting.
I swore I'd never do it again. And I took off those 15lbs and a few more just in time for my wedding in June 2009.
Since then, I've been very lax with my diet and exercise. I trained for my second half marathon in October, but after that I haven't done any sort of exercise at all. And, of course, as the holidays came, I sort of just ate whatever I wanted and now... I'm 20-25lbs heavier than I was at the wedding, just 8 months ago. ::sigh::
So, I'm here again, trying to come up with a healthy way of changing myself (not my body, but my whole self).
I'm challenged right now because my husband and I are in the midst of a major home renovation and we don't have a kitchen at all (no appliances, no cabinets, no anything except a big empty room). We don't even have a refrigerator/freezer in which to store frozen meals, etc. So, since December we've had nothing but microwave meals that you can simply add water and heat up. It makes it difficult to make healthy choices.
I am still a member of a gym, however, and I plan to begin taking real advantage of that.
My goals are (in no particular order):
1.) Lose at least 50lbs from where I am now. That would put me right at the cusp of being in the "healthy" BMI range.
2.) Lower my blood pressure. I was so proud of how low it was just a little while ago.
3.) Breathe easier doing the things that I love, like skiing and hiking. It's no fun to go out and do these things with my husband when I'm huffing and puffing. It's embarrassing!
4.) Get myself healthy
(not just thin) so that I lower my risk of complications with pregnancy.
5.) Be kinder to myself. This is the most important one.
Anyway, I just wanted to re-introduce myself and say that I've always been inspired by the amazing women (and men) who frequent these boards. I hope to be able to join you in the upcoming months!