Thanks so much for reading this blog. I have been reluctant to start my own, but after reading so many great ones out there, I guess I got inspired.
After graduating from Auburn University, I decided to make some changes in my life. Mostly, I wanted to get healthy, though at the time, I really did not know what that meant. As long as I could remember, I had been overweight, and we’re not just talking a few pounds. I was like Chunk from The Goonies x 10! As a senior in college, I think I weighed about 220. I never knew the exact number as I NEVER stepped on a scale.
I started making little changes…water instead of soda, less sugar, more walking. The weight started falling off, and after about 2 years I had lost over 100 pounds, all on my own! I found what works for me: No white sugar or anything “white” for that matter, but I do enjoy vegetables, fruit in moderation, grains (love my morning oat bran, or mid-day oat bran, or oat bran for dessert…you get the idea), some meats, and lots of nut butter!
Over the years, I have toyed with different eating & exercise habits. I was a vegetarian for about 5 years, and almost vegan for about 3. I say “almost” because I could not give up the ice cream! I started eating meat again and even tried the high protein low carb diet without much success. I love experimenting with raw foods, but would never go completely raw. Raw desserts are my specialty, but I’ve been known to serve them after a flank steak dinner. Anyway, I keep coming back to my whole grains, lots of veggies, and some meats and seafood. It works for me.
It’s been about 10 years (wow – I can’t believe it!), and I’ve kept the weight off through diet and exercise. I am 5′ 8″, and weigh about 135. This number has fluctuated by about 10 pounds since I lost all the weight. Sometimes, I weigh a little less and sometimes I’m in the 140’s, but I feel my best where I am now. Contrary to what many people would think, keeping the weight off is not that challenging. I love eating well and exercising, and the excess weight does not come back. I ran ran ran for about 8 years, but now it’s just yoga, walking, and hiking. My body is leaner, stronger, and much happier.
Currently, I live in Nashville with my husband and 2 dogs and work for an alternative MD as a massage therapist. Hopefully, this blog will allow me to share my ideas and thoughts about healthy living with others. And, hopefully, it will inspire someone out there.