Tis the season. I put Colleen to bed and thought about going to bed myself. I slept in a little later than normal, foregoing my usual morning workout since she was up during the night. Then I thought of all the food at our work potluck today and tomorrow’s Thanksgiving feast.
For a little background, I was generally a very active child. I remember riding bikes with friends. Always running. I joined track in 7th grade. I could generally eat what I wanted. In high school, I started gaining weight. I had a job at McDonalds, and I eventually stopped track. My highest weight was 147.
But when I was 16, I was experiencing some health issues that weren’t immediately diagnosed. I was constantly exhausted. No matter how much sleep I got, it felt like a struggle to stay awake. Headaches, dizziness; visits to the doctor lead to EKGs, EEG’s and constant checks for strep (I was pretty aggravated with this one. They would do one every month I came in looking for answers.) Finally, they did some blood work and I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
I was quite relieved, and after incorporating exercise, I was able to get my weight back down.
Fast forward a bit to 2011. Starting weight at beginning of my pregnancy was 139. By month 9, I weighed 174 and refused to look at the scale after that. After having Colleen, and a brief hospital stay for me (and her), I was 160-ish.
In December 2012, I was ready to start exercising again. I had put it off for far too long, and thought there was no need to wait for the New Year. I was ready right then.
And now we’re here! I generally wake early, about 4:30 and get my workout it. I was down to 126, but while exercising has been a great routine, my nutrition hasn’t been that good.
So, I’m going to share my healthy eating journey. I said in a previous post that I needed to cut my sugar intake down, and that is certainly still the case. I also need to cut out the bad eating (cupcakes and bakes goods are my absolute weakness). So, today, I start my recommitment at 136.6. I will post pictures and measurements tomorrow. I would love to connect with others, and I will use this blog to hold myself accountable. I will also share on Instagram (JennyLouns), and of course, you can find me on MyFitnessPal (lillouns).