Hi, and welcome to my blog.
Despite the fact that this is my first post here, this is hardly my first blog, so, on the off chance that you’re interested in a little history, I’ll point you to those old posts.
In Dec 2002 I decided to start a Body-for-Life challenge and to chronicle my progress through the 12 week contest. Little did I know that that little blog would turn into a 8 year chronicling of the ups and downs of weight loss.
My highest weight in that time: 240lbs
My lowest weight: 170
I also had a lot of posts about weight lifting and what I was doing at the gym.
But through all those years, no ‘ultimate success’.
In Oct 2008, I joined Team and Training and signed up to do a triathlon (at 240lbs). I started a blog to chronicle my training as a way for folks to track me and (hopefully) donate money to the cause I was supporting, the leukemia lymphoma society. When I finished the training and did the race I found I had been bitten by the triathlon bug, and the blog stayed up as I chronicled my races and struggles.
I struggled with keeping both blogs going and keeping relevant information on the appropriate blog. Then, 2010 hit and I fell into a big giant slump. Both blogs went ‘dark’.
And, so, here we are, on the edge of 2011 and I’m finding myself on a journey again. I’ve been hitting the gym regularly ala my ‘Body for Life’ days, I’ve started a regimented diet, and I’ve signed up for a 5k race in Feb. It just seemed to be a good time to pull all my thoughts into one place and start the new year with a bright shiny new blog. And this, my friends, is it.
So, what is this blog about then?
It’s about a lot of things. It’s about my getting to my goal weight – and staying there. It’s about getting strong and getting fit, and getting my head in a good place. And it’s about laughing a little along the way.
Who am i?
Well I’m a wife to a wonderful, amazing, and supportive husband, a mom to three great kids. (22, 19, 17) and I work full time as an IT Project Manager.
Where am I at?
I weighed in on Monday at 217.2 lbs. I’m going to the gym 5 days a week and using a training program called Max-OT. I’m on a diet program called “Medifast”, because it’s simple and works for me, but I believe long term that the Paleo/Primal lifestyle is the way to go and it’s where I plan to live my ‘maintenance life’. I’m currently signed up for a 5K in February and I’ll be starting a couch to 5K program next week. As I’ve worked/struggled with my weight over the years, it’s become apparent to me that I’m a food addict, there will be portions of this blog that is related to that. I’ve also recently come to suspect that I have ADHD. So, as I learn more and get skills to deal with that, I’ll post here as it relates to my fitness and weight loss journey.
Where do I want to be?
Weight wise I want to get to 130 lbs. 2011 is the year I reach that number. While I do that, I’m going to maintain, if not improve my overall strength (muscle mass). Later in the year I’m going to return to training for and competing in triathlons. I want to go back to some of the old tris I did and beat my time. As I drop the weight, that should get easier and easier to do.
Please, feel free to post questions, comments, encouragement or… whatever… but realize that my blog is really a journal for me. A way for me to take stock, record my journey and explore my own thoughts and feelings. Although I might entertain/enlighten someone along the way, it’s not my primary focus, and if you don’t like the way or content that I post, I’m OK with that. Don’t expect me to change.