I posted my profile in the Bios section but I'll elaborate a bit here.
My name is Jennifer and I live in Upstate NY with my partner of almost 9 years. (wow). We have been happily packing on the pounds together. I remember when we got together she said "I don't know how I feel about dating someone who weighs less than my dog".. (the dog weighed 145lbs) .. evidently I took that to heart because now I'm 170lbs.
I looked back at some old pictures and I noticed that she has been gaining right along with me... and she is suffering for it.. her back hurts, she now has sciatica, her knees are bad, she pre-diabetic (I may be too) and her allergies are horrible... I feel very fortunate that I'm still "relatatively" healthy inspite of my weight gain. I think what really sunk it home for me was out last vacation. We had to keep stopping for her to take a break. I actually FORCED her to take breaks because I was scared at how much pain she was obviously in.
Over the past two years, we kept saying we were going to eat better and exercise.... she doesn't like structure or rules to things and I think we both assumed that we could just set our minds to it and do it. We joined the Y, and I started training in Shotokan Karate (because *I* like structure- and you can't get much more structured that a Traditional Karate class- maybe the military LOL!)
So now it's two years later, I'm a green belt (go me!) but still pretty fluffy..not a pound has come off. I get through class but I'm exhausted and sore for at least a day.. and BRUISES!? omg.. the pop up like weeds.. I don't even remember getting hit in those places...
We decided to be structured.. we HAVE to.. this Sunday SHE went through the pantry and tossed out all the open things of carbs.. we had a HUGE bag of stuff for the food pantry...
We are eating vegetables (wow) and to be honest, I'm sick of F'eggs (fake eggs.. aka Egg beaters) but we are not into sugar substitutes (except Stevia, which I've used in my iced tea for years.. before it was "officially" a sweetener) so breakfasts are tough.. looking foward to FRUIT! who knew.
We are on day 4 but I sort of quasi started on the 14th... I'm down 4lbs so far.. I have no idea how much she's lost because I don't think she wants to get on the scale. Fair enough.. I left my tape measure out where she could find it and let her know so she could measure if she wanted. I'm not sure if I should nudge her to keep track or not.. for me, I have to almost obsess to stick to something. I guess we'll wait and see what happens.
The good news is that after just a few days of eating veggies and drinking more water (doh!) my karate classes are going SO WELL! Sensei even hauled me aside and said I was looking really good. (meaning training well).. Go Me!
Anywho.. glad to be here and thank you for reading (what turned out to be a book) my post.