Taking The First Step Towards Better Health

healthy squareI watch Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss and am always so inspired by the transformations that happen on these shows.  I have considered writing a letter to Chris & Heidi Powell, but I don’t think I could be away from my family, my children, for the first 90-days of Boot Camp.

Since getting married 13 years ago, I have not weighed under 200 lbs, and I am fed up with being unhappy, unhealthy, and uncomfortable.

My New Year’s Resolution for 2012 was to finally lose the weight.  The year started out strong, and in the first 6 months of 2012, I lost over 40 lbs.  Then, I got pregnant, had my activity levels restricted, and a lot of the weight came back.  My son is now 1 year old, and there is no more time for excuses. 

Over the next year, leading up to my 37th birthday, I am challenging myself to lose the weight (goal to be set with my doctor) and to run a 5K.  This is completely out of my comfort zone, but I need to put it out there and I need to be held accountable. 

I don’t expect it to be easy.  In my teens and early twenties, I could drop 5-10 lbs in a few weeks, however 3 children and 20+ years has done a number on my metabolism. 

I want to go about doing things the right way, and not rely on fad diets, shakes, and supplements to achieve my health and wellness goals.  I have scheduled a physical with my primary; the first one in over 2 years.  Since I don’t want to take all 3 children with me to the doctor’s office, I won’t be getting my physical until July 31, at which time I am hoping to have approval to start a diet and exercise program, and a referral (yeah, we have an HMO) to meet with a nutritionist. 

Tomorrow morning, bright an early, I have an appointment to get my lab work completed so that when I meet with my doctor at the end of the month he and I can discuss my current health and where I need improvement.

Since I am not “officially” starting my journey until after my physical, I am taking the next 2 weeks to prepare – start being more mindful or what I eat, drink more water, move more, and find a good sports bra & pair of running shoes.

This journey is just one facet of who I am, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.

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