Hello, hello, hello!
I’m one of the posters on this site. I just want to share my story for wanting to start this health and fitness journey and what I hope to accomplish.
I was always athletic from a young age; I was always involved in some type of sport or physical activity. When I was younger, my mother signed me up for tennis, swimming (even though I still don’t know to swim to this day lol), basketball or some type of camp. During middle school I was involved in track and basketball and in high school basketball became my full-time job, aside from school. I played basketball during the regular season, during the summer for AAU, our teams summer league, and basketball camps, and in the fall we all shot around. I did this for 4 years. I should have parlayed my love of basketball to college, but at the time I was ready to end it and enjoy life outside of the sports world. I don’t have many regrets in life, but that is one decision I definitely regret making.
In college, I met the most wonderful friends (some of who will be posting here!) and I think in the beginning we motivated each other to work out. I think I stopped working out during my junior year and that’s when i start seeing weight gain. It wasn’t enough to make me want to do anything about it, but I noticed it was there. My senior year, I realized how much weight I gained when all the cute shirts I had bought to go out in didn’t fit anymore. Shortly after graduating, I returned home and started working. I was diagnosed with uterine fibroid tumors in October 2007 after losing a lot of blood, being in ICU, and undergoing a blood transfusion and had surgery the Friday after Thanksgiving to remove them. To stop the bleeding, I was give all types of hormones, which also caused me to gain weigh in a very rapid fashion. I never really lost that weight and I actually kept gaining weight.
When I was pregnant in 2010, I felt my body was weird because I was losing weight rather than gaining. During my pregnancy I lost around 23 lbs. I feel that was due to the way I was eating. I didn’t eat sweets, I ate a TON of fresh fruit and vegetables and I limited my red-meat intake. I felt like I ate a lot, but I’m sure my portions were smaller and the things I was eating were better for me. I gained all of my 23 lbs (and then some) a little after my daughter was born, around December 2010 or so.
Currently, I am a new city with no really connections yet, which I think have influenced my eating habits and eating more so for comfort rather than to satisfy a hunger.
This journey for me isn’t just about losing weight. It’s also about finding a balance in all areas of my life in four main ways:
- I hope to lose a total of 100 lbs in my weight lost journey
- I hope to reaffirm, reclaim, and rediscover my spirituality
- I need to balance school, work, and family time
- I need to find some time for ME somewhere
Sorry, I didn’t mean to write a book but I really wanted to share why this journey is so important to me and why I am taking it so serious.
Why did you get started on your fitness journey? Please feel free to share and any helpful suggestions and tips are greatly welcome!