Those who know me know I have a weight issue. The issue is simply that I've got too much of it. I've struggled all my life with my weight, yo-yo diets were a way of life for me. I was always the girl who people said had a great personality and such a pretty face, if she lost weight she'd be a knock out.
Sometimes these words were motivating, often times frustrating, but mostly if I'm being totally honest it hurt. I've made up excuses, "I have a thyroid problem so I have to work twice as hard as anyone else to lose weight". "I'm just too busy to work out". "I'm too exhausted when I get home from work to go for a walk".
I've tried to go the quick route and looked into bypass surgery. I would have done it, but unfortunately my insurance doesn't cover it. Immediate depression set in and I felt hopeless.
Dating in your 40's is no picnic. Being over weight in your 40's and dating is a nightmare. Sure I get the occasional "chubby chaser" but I always feel like they like my body now but what if I lost weight?. Then I get mad at myself for being so cynical. Then I met someone who likes me for me and still I can't seem to appreciate it because I am not happy with myself.
I have accomplished so much in my life, I've worked hard at being successful professionally. I've never backed away from a challenge and have always achieved my professional goals. So I've decided to tackle this "weight issue" with the same mindset. I have a goal - lose 80 lbs in 40 weeks. That's 2 lbs a week. And my wonderful, awesome, supportive BFF and I will celebrate by taking a Caribbean vacation once I've achieved my goal.
There is no quick fix, no easy route. Exercise every day, eat right and stay focused. That's the plan. The long, hard plan. But if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right. I've learned that if you don't work hard for what you want, if it comes too easy - I lose focus and before I Know it I'm back where I started.
So off I go, the race is on and I am going to win. I'm always open to suggestions on good healthy lifestyle tips so please feel free to share.