1 . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . .4. Those were the numbers staring back at me from the scale. When did this happen, I thought to myself? I had never weighed more than 140 pounds! That is, until I turned 40. Then, as "they" say, it was like turning off the switch to my metabolism and my ability to eat whatever I wanted with no need to really diet or exercise on a regular basis left me standing in the dust of these scales.
That day, I made a decision. I had to make some serious changes in my life. Not just my eating habits. I had to get serious about working out and getting fit. So, I decided to start this blog and bring the readers along on my journey to not only lose weight, but to have a healthier lifestyle.
You might be asking yourself, why on earth would she want to blog about this? Well, I have a number of reasons, but three are at the top of the list. 1. I need an accountability partner. Who better than those who read along with me to help keep me on the path to good health? 2. I actually like to write. It is a great way for me to express my thoughts and feelings without inflicting them on those in my immediate circle. 3. I love to help others. I know I am not the only one out there who suddenly realized they gained 35 pounds without even trying and now have a need to lose it. If my journey could help someone else, anyone else, then it would be worth it to put myself out there.
So as of today, I hope you will be my accountability partner. I have already started on a diet and exercise program, more about this later. Before you hear about where I am going and how I am going to get there, I think you need to know where I have been.
You see, I absolutely love food. I can hear what you are thinking. Doesn't everyone? But I actually heard Anne Curry say something about keeping food from being boring today. I can honestly say I have never been bored with food. I love food so much that when we vacation, my husband and I actually plan our restaurant choices and food selections long before we plan any other part of our trip! I keep a food journal from these vacations. I have an enormous collection of cookbooks. I have actually been inspired to start this blog because I recently saw the movie Julie and Julia (I highly recommend it if you have not seen it). I love all kinds of food - from sushi to African, fancy French cuisine to homecooked comfort food, it all sounds good to me. And until I turned 40, I could eat whatever I wanted, and if I gained a few pounds I could watch what I ate for a week and the weight I gained would miraculously disappear.
Then, I had my 40th birthday, and my ability to lose those few extra pounds with a week of moderate dieting were gone as fast as a medium rare filet mignon sitting on my plate in a red wine reduction. Little by little, pound by pound, I went from weighing 140 to the 174 now staring back at me. I was no longer comfortable in my 47 year old skin. The time had come for me to make some changes, but I had some rules. First and foremost, whatever diet plan I used had to be healthy. Second, it had to be economical. And thirdly, it needed to taste good!
So tomorrow, I will reveal my plan and the time frame I have given myself to get there.