Where I Am Starting

So, I went to college to get a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. I know all the right things someone should eat and how to spot a fad diet a mile away.  I love reading nutrition research and seeing what is new and what could help up be our healthiest selves.

But up until this point, I haven’t really done a lot to actually put that knowledge to good use. I am starting from a place where I am too heavy for my frame by almost 100 pounds. I am starting to feel the effects of carrying too much weight. My back almost always hurts. I have problems with my hips (years of clumsiness and hard falls started that but the weight has made it worse). I have migraine headaches regularly.

At our bridal shower in the summer.

I get told a lot that I don’t look like I am that heavy and I do carry my weight pretty evenly but I don’t feel good. There are self esteem issues coming from this as well. It is hard to feel good about yourself if you don’t feel good. You start to resent your body, when in my case, if I had taken better care of it, it wouldn’t have these issues.  ( I know there are people who have health issues through no fault of their own. I am strictly talking about my particular case.) I hate taking full body pictures anymore because I don’t want anyone to see how bad I have let it get.

Taking pictures of the boutique Facebook page.

So I ordered a Wellness Goal Guide from Cultivate What Matters ( I am in no way an affiliate, just absolutely love their products) and worked through it and came up with the main goal that I want to lose 1.5 pounds a week.  That seemed like a doable goal.  Breaking it down to small increments over time makes it easier. To start doing that I have cut out sugar and soda.

At an anniversary party for a sweet couple!

The first week was not perfect but I lost 2.5 lbs. The second week I ended up with a huge cold/virus thing that knocked me into the bed for three days at least and I am still recovering. That week I lived off of macaroni, grape juice and lots of water. I didn’t lose any weight but I didn’t gain either so that’s a win in my book. This week is going better, so far no sugar or soda except what is in the grape juice.

Our latest Christmas card.

What are your goals this year? Are you discouraged with where you are health wise? Do you want to join me in this journey of becoming our best selves?

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