Beginning at the Beginning

Welcome. I’ve been blogging about my weight loss journey at singlespace.net for a while now, but the focus of that blog was not supposed to be health and fitness. I kind of got carried away. :) This blog is my Christmas gift to myself, an attempt to separate my writing world and my fitness explorations. You, of course, are welcome to be part of one or both worlds.

My story so far:
I’ve always been fat. Seriously. I went on my first diet at the age of eight months, when the doctor had my mother switch me from regular milk to skim. I keep forgetting to ask my mother if it made any difference.

Throughout my childhood I was what might be politely termed “plump” or “chubby.” I was active in sports (softball, volleyball, basketball), so it wasn’t a big deal. When I entered my teen years I was a junior size 11. Madison Avenue said that was fat, so I went on a diet. Lost some weight, gained it back along with a few more pounds. The cycle had started.

In my late 20s, I dropped about 40 pounds on Weight Watchers, but I lost my focus and that was the last serious weight I lost. I gained back the 40 and added 30 more over the next 20 years. As the weight piled on, it became more and more difficult to engage in physical activity. Talk about your vicious circle!

It wasn’t that I didn’t try, because I did. Nothing worked in any lasting way. Discouraged, I went as far as having medical tests run to ensure there wasn’t something wrong. Other than a “sluggish” thyroid, the doctor couldn’t find anything wrong. So I continued to try one weight loss and/or exercise plan after another, but I failed at all of them. Exercising hurt, and dieting was almost impossible to maintain over any length of time. I was so frustrated that I actually considered trying to gain weight, just so I could have gastric bypass surgery. Pathetic, yes, but the mere thought of subjecting my body to that was a huge wake-up call, one that, when combined with other events, finally got me on the right track.

Over the past eight months, I’ve lost 60 or so pounds (in flux due to the holidays) and along the way I’ve learned some valuable lessons. I’ve tried some things that didn’t work, and I’ve found some others that have been profoundly life changing. It’s my plan to share these things with you here, in hopes that they’ll help you specifically, or simply serve to get you on to a path to something that works for you!