Hi, I'm Jennifer Belle (user name JzBelle)
I'm [gulp] 55 years old (in my head I'm somewhere in my 30's with a dash of 17 or 65 depending on what I'm doing)
I've been dieting all my life. Tried everything except surgery.
I haven't done any type of diet the last few years--because [Yes I know its an excuse] of health issues..... One 'issue' is I had emergency gall bladder surgery 2 years ago and it has really messed up my eating. My gut doesn't like high fiber OR high fat. I've been eating a lot of starchy white foods since they seem easiest to digest.
The second big health issue was major case of Shingles last year. Hit me in March and it was September/October before the pain stopped. I spent a lot of time lying down not moving.
No exercise + white starchy foods = my highest weight ever of 285 lbs on a 5'4" frame. I'm miserable being so fat. I hate dressing for work. Never look in mirrors.
And I'm a TEACHER--so my too tight shirt or bulgy belly are totally on display to my student audience every day. UGH I can hardly think about it.
They may even get glimpses of my stomach when I 'm reaching high up to write on the board!!!
In the past I've had some great help with people on diet forums. I'm hoping I can make some friends here to lean on a little.
I have to make a change! The last few day's Ive just been trying to eat healthier and less starchy. Baby steps to starting a more structured diet, maybe March 1st....
Anyway--that's my hello.