1. I started to get more serious about my health and fitness four years ago. At the time I weighed 275, but I’ve weighed as much as 289. The last time I stepped on the scale a few weeks ago I weighed 251. Down, but still working on it!
2. While my weight was and is a catalyst for me to become healthier, it was my doctor uttering the words “pre-diabetes” that really lit a fire under my ass. My most recent tests, taken last month, showed that my sugar levels are now in the healthy range!
3. I take Metformin every day to help with a condition called insulin resistance. I only recently started taking it again after being off it for a couple of years. I believe it helps a little with my weight loss; when I don’t eat well or exercise regularly, I don’t lose weight though. Metformin is not a magic diet pill (nor do I want it to be!).
4. My first race was in March 2010. I ran the entire 5k without stopping to walk, and I felt so proud, I cried at the finish line! Since then I have run countless 5ks, two 10ks and two half marathons. I would like to run another half one day!
5. I have a lot of problems with my feet. I broke my left leg four times between the ages of 2 and 13, so sometimes my left ankle gets sore. I also have plantar fasciitis in my left foot, my knees often ache, and I occasionally get shin splints. But I try to take care of these symptoms with ice, braces, Advil and rest when needed.
6. I believe in an 80/20 diet — I try to eat healthfully 80 percent of the time and allow myself treats 20 percent. If I don’t allow myself a treat once in a while, I know I will overeat and really fall off the wagon. Sometimes the urge to binge eat is hard to fight off, but I do my best!
7. I feel better and lose weight more consistently when I eat more real, whole foods with a concentration on fruits, veg and protein, as opposed to processed snacks or meals. I believe this is because real foods help me feel fuller longer, and I automatically consume less sodium, bad fats and carbs.
8. Exercising as often as I can makes me feel healthier, and therefore I want to eat better. Although for some it works to concentrate on one area at a time, for me they both go hand-in-hand.
9. Although I have an approximate “goal weight” that bounces around in my head, I don’t focus on that as my overall health goal. I was down to about 225 in 2011, and I would like to get back there. But feeling good about myself, inside and out, is more important to me than a number on a scale.
10. My definition of “health” and “fitness” and “beauty” may not mirror what the experts, society or doctors say, but it has evolved and will continue to evolve as I find new ways to challenge myself and learn to love myself more. Feeling comfortable in my own skin is my ultimate goal, however that looks for me!