In five and a half years, I have dropped 117 pounds off of my 5’3″, now-39-year-old frame. In doing so, I have transformed myself from a ho-hum, but fun-loving, fat chick to a sassy, sexy, shapely – and still fun-loving – chick. One who eats fruits and vegetables nearly every day and actually likes to work out!
It took me four years to lose 100 pounds and another year and a half to drop an additional 17. The pace has been s-l-o-w, but the process has been worth it. During these five and a half, sometimes tumultuous, years, I survived the life-threatening illnesses of two loved ones, a contentious divorce, living with friends for nearly a year, a death in the immediate family, replacing my car three times, moving twice, changing jobs three times and starting a new relationship. Through it all, I’ve continued to lose weight and improve my eating habits and stay dedicated to my exercise regimen.
Now, heading into the sixth year of my lifestyle change, I’m writing this blog to share my tips, tricks, techniques and tidbits for making a diet-and-exercise lifestyle change and sticking with it ’til you get where you want to be… and then staying there, which is often the hardest part.
Please note that I am not a doctor or therapist. I’m sharing my story, thoughts and observations in the hopes that you might find something inspirational here. Always seek the counsel of a qualified professional before making any comprehensive diet and exercise changes.