A former mentor of mine, Ed Foreman, once taught me that we change when the pain to change is less than the pain to remain the same. I have thought of this quote often and, currently, I am at that tipping point. Missing out on being the mother & wife that I envision in my head is far more painful than eating right and exercising more.
So, here I am. I am a few years shy of my 30th birthday. My cholesterol and blood pressure are medically unremarkable as are my sugar levels (Thank God). I am roughly 70 pounds away from my personal goal weight (A few years ago, I would have had to confess to being 115 pounds away. Thankfully, through a lot of hard work, I lost 75 pounds before gaining a bit during pregnancy). I am getting back into exercise after a year long hiatus. Like most new mothers, I struggle to balance my personal time, motherhood and sleep.
Why this blog? A little over a year ago my hubby, then 3 week old son and I moved half way across the country to a place where we had no friends, no family… just a job. As a result, my support network in real life consists of only my husband. I am starting my journey here, online, because I need to connect with others. I need to share my ups, downs, plateaus, setbacks and successes.
Why now? On November 25th, 2012, I started my countdown. The goal: 248 days to my goal weight. This is a little less than 2 pound per week, on average. 248 days sounds beyond daunting. So, I decided to break it down into 4 phases of 62 days each. My Facebook friends have been so supportive of my daily status reports, but I want a place to tell more that what I did, ate and how I felt each day. I want to share the journey.
Here I go!