About Me

My name is Amy.  I am a fortysomething mother of three.

I spent my whole life always feeling a little overweight.  It wasn’t actually true until my late twenties, after marriage and pregnancies and stay at home motherhood changed my level of activity.  By my thirty fifth birthday, I was tipping the scales just slightly above the BMI for obese.

In 2007, I joined Weight Watchers with a girlfriend.  Over the course of the year I shed 35 pounds and felt fantastic.  The day I hit goal, though, I stopped being so careful.  Traded in my Weight Watchers meetings for a gym membership and thought I could handle it all on my own.

Five pounds at a time, I gained nearly all of the weight I had lost back.  By 2010 I had resigned myself to just being a fat woman, that it was just who I was, and I secretly made fun of all the people who worked hard to maintain their weight at a healthy level.

But by 2011 I found myself angry.  Angry all of the time.  Angry at myself, mostly, for having let myself go so badly.  I had officially gained every bit back of the weight I’d worked so hard to lose four years prior.

But one day that year, I saw a friend post on Facebook about the Couch to 5K program.  She was following it, and she was even heavier than I was.  And I thought to myself, if that girl is doing this, then I have to at least try.  I started the program on my basement treadmill, running one minute at a time, gasping for air, too embarrassed to even run outside.

Nine weeks later, I had lost eight pounds and was running my first 5K.

Since then I’ve continued to run, increasing distance slowly over time to 10K and even a half marathon. I’m not a fast runner.  But I’ve learned that a mile is a mile no matter how fast you run it. For me, it is about competing with myself and no one else.  I’ve also started bootcamp fitness classes. They are hard, but I have learned that success isn’t finding something easy.  It’s completing something you never thought you could do.

I feel healthier than I have in a long time.  I have lost some weight, but am still considered overweight.  I’d still like to lose weight and make better choices.  It’s a definitely work in progress.  Still, I’m in a better place than I was several years ago, and hope to be in a better place yet as time marches on.

So overall, I am mostly moving forward.

 

One response to “About Me”

  1. loseitbig says :

    I am about the same place as you. Except I am a 40 year old dad trying to manage life/family/health.

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