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Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Six years ago I decided (age) 42 would be my magic number. I stepped on the scale for the first time in a LONG time. It was a BIG number, it was a SCARY number, but mostly I knew I had to own that number. I lost 40 pounds, leaving the obese category behind. In 2014 I committed myself to working out HARD and a low sugar diet, losing more weight and gaining nice definition. Then life happened, and I lost momentum, gaining some weight back. My goals now are different, and include completing my first ever marathon at age 48. GULP! You can read about the next part of my journey here.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Feeling Positive

I am feeling much more in control today. Using myfitnesspal on iPhone has been really helpful. It makes me realize that controlling my food intake is so do-able. I am fortunate that I have never been much of a binger, but hey, when at every meal and snack you eat 50 percent more than you should, it adds up. It is a matter of sticking with it, even when it is boring and inconvenient.
I am not a terribly unhealthy eater, it is much more portion control. I absolutely do have room for improvement with what I eat, but for the first couple weeks I will be focusing on achieving calorie limits.
I have been exercising quite a bit ... run/walk at the track, weights at the fitness center, karate ... and it is great to see the exercise bump up my calorie allotment on myfitnesspal. I have been conservative with inputting exercise. I don't want to overestimate calories burned. Today I did not use all the extra calories from exercise, but I am definitely not hungry now.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Day of Reckoning

So, I decided Friday would be weigh in day.
I haven't weighed myself in awhile, but my clothes had been feeling a little tight. Last year at this time I was about 205 lbs. The scale said 215. I was not just depressed, or disappointed. I was really scared when I saw that number. The sense of being out of control was overwhelming. Where will the weight gain stop?

Step #1 : Accountability. Blogging is a great way to achieve this. Thank God for technology. Also, I got the myfitnesspal app on my iPhone (free!), and am addicted to logging my foods. Although the weekend is not the easiest time to control food intake, I did pretty well by watching my portions. And today I am 214.

On myfitnesspal, I set my goal weight as 135. Pretty ambitious, but might as well dream big for the long term goal.

Short term, I want to lose 10 lbs by July 24, and fit into size 14 by August 31.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 1

I am 42 years old. I have struggled with weight my whole life, and have had ups and downs weight-wise, but in the past 5 years I have consistently hovered above 200. I am ready to face the big questions of why I use eating as a refuge, and I am still considering my weight goals, both short and long term. I know that losing weight in itself will not make me happy ... when I weighed 33% less than I do now I still did not like myself.
This blog will be pretty bare bones, at least at the beginning. Weight loss may not be fast, but I need accountability now! As I enter the 2nd part of my life, I am ready to break free of this weight trap.