Hi gang! I have been lurking here forever, so once I set up my account and began posting, I just jumped right in. I now realize that was so rude of me (in messageland). Besides, I have taken so many recipes and tips, that I owe at least this much, right?
My name is Barb, but you already have a Barb, so call me whatever other B word slips easily through your lips. I am 38 years old with a husband and a 5 year old son. I live in Indiana, I work full time, and I am overweight. (Save the cornfed Midwesterner jokes, ya'll.
I have always been what I would call a big-bodied girl. It took me a while to realize it was just my build, but it doesn't have to be FILLED IN with so much FAT. I began putting on weight about 8 years ago, and I attribute most of it simply to getting older and my body not responding as it used to. I was running half marathons and eating (what I considered to be) healthy, but just never dropped the weight. Turns out I was eating a lot of the wrong things, avoiding fats but welcoming carbs... My last half marathon was 4 years ago. Around that time I decided I liked smoking so much more than running, and here came even more weight. I have started and failed on the Beach a few times in the past, but this time is for real. Before beginning, I quit smoking, quit caffeine, quit drinking, and got myself in the right mindset BEFORE I began. Now I am down 13 lbs after Phase 1 and I am coasting slowly into phase II. I look forward to getting to know all of you as I move forward. Also, I hope to be doing another half-marathon by this fall.
Now if this darn board would let me get a ticker already...