Weight Woes   Leave a comment

There are 2 things in life that I’ve always dreamed about… #1- Being a mom. I am so thankful that that dream came true over 9 months ago. My other dream? Being thin. I have never been skinny. I went from kid sizes to a Juniors size 6 (yep, I skipped right over 0, 2 and 4!) and I didn’t get to enjoy that size for very long. To be fair, I should also admit that I’ve pretty much always eaten a junk food diet and avoided physical activity as much as possible. Over the last few years, I have fallen in love, gotten married, and had a baby. All of those things resulted in me eating too much!! When we were dating, Nate and I would eat out all the time. Then, we got married and, in an effort to be a good little wife, I cooked big, rich dinners and then we spent the evening overeating. Next up, pregnancy! I craved all things sweet— pie, cookies, chocolate, ice cream. Thankfully, after Millie was born I lost my baby weight almost immediately. BUT, my pre-baby weight lingered. I am not obese, or even overweight according to my BMI. Still, I just do not feel comfortable at the size I am. So, I’m finally doing something about it. I downloaded an app on my iPhone called Lose It. It allows me to track all of my calories— both from food and exercise. A bonus feature is that I can scan the barcode of the food packaging and all of the nutrition information automatically populates from there. Also, there is a “Running 101” program that I am a part of at work. It is a 9 week program to prepare participants for a 5K. I went to my first training session last night and had a lot of fun. I walked more than I ran and, when I was running, I was miserable, but it felt good to finally take a step towards addressing my fitness. I know how hard it is to live with a poor self-image. I want to lose weight and feel better about myself now so that, as I am raising Millie, I teach her good habits. I don’t want to feel so bad about myself that I teach her to put too much emphasis in physical appearance. I don’t want her to be a couch potato, I want her to play outside and run and jump— and I want to be out there with her! Does anyone out there have any tips for losing weight? Anyone have a success story to share? I LOVE reading success stories— it’s so affirming to know that other people have had this same struggle and found a way to overcome. I am hoping to have my very own success story in a few months. 🙂

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Posted February 16, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

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