July 8, 2012, I will be 30. And I've finally got the get up and go want to lose weight and enter my 30s not being such a fatty LMAO About me: I've been overweight most of my life (since the 5th grade). In 2008, I was at my highest weight of 260. I was having back and foot problems and generally just not feeling that great. One visit to the doctor's in September 2008 led to a diagnosis of diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. I got put on 5 different meds...which made me lose 50 lbs in 3 months. Yeah, I know, crazy, right? Then I got pregnant because my body had started regulating itself again. LOL After pregnancy, at my lowest, I was down to 190 thanks to breastfeeding. And thennnnn...I stopped. But kept eating like how I normally had before. And slowly but surely, I started gaining weight again. THE CHANGE: I found myself at 220 by the time March came around this year. Around the same time, I was introduced to a set of books by Geneen Roth that a coworker of mine had been applying to her life and it was working. Intrigued, I picked up a few. In a super simplified nutshell, she talks about listening to your hunger cues, eat when you feel hungry, stop when you feel full. For me, as an emotional and compulsive overeater, it's been an eye opener because I have no concept of portion control. I could never stick to diets because I always felt like I was starving myself. And, I could never leave food on a plate (what a waste!) LOL And calorie counting drives me insane (I was never one for numbers). But for some reason, trying to eat when I'm hungry and only then and really thinking about it is so simple and easy for me to do. I started applying the principles I learned from her books in April and between April and May, I lost 5lbs. I thought to myself, I've been waiting my whole life for the easy way out. At one point in time this year, I was hoping that I would get put back on medication to help me lose weight. How crazy was that? I need to change this way of thinking. I vowed stopped making excuses for myself. That's all I've ever done in my life. If I wanted something to happen, I needed to stop waiting for it to happen. May 26, I started working out. And haven't stopped LOL And in the month since I started, I've lost a few inches and 6 more pounds. Now that my eating and exercising ways have become a habit more or less, I figured now was a good time as any to start recording my journey (rather than waiting a couple weeks from now and posting on my actual birthday) LOL The PLAN-ish: This is what I've been doing for the past couple months: 1. Eat when hungry. Stop when full. Anything goes. I was able to lose the 5 lbs while enjoying french fries on the weekend LOL 2. 20 minutes of exercise, daily. Or till I reach 200 calories burned. 150 on the weekends (hey, a girl needs a rest, right?). This is easier for me to do than going longer and burning more, but cutting down the days I exercise because I've found in the past that if I thought about a break, then it led to another break, then another break and then I'm off the horse. I hope to eventually increase it, but with me being up at 6, going to work and spending time with the kiddo until 8:30...I want my sleep! And TV. LOL 3. Post every Thursday my weight. 4. Enjoy the journey and not think of it as torture (I don't think of it as such, but you know what I mean) My Goal by next year: In a perfect world, I'd like to be down to 150...which is a weight I haven't seen since before I was in the 6th grade. This means I need to lose about 5lbs a month. But I'm satisfied as long as I see loss of sorts almost weekly. As of this morning I was 209. Let's make that our starting point! We'll see if I get the courage to post photos LOL. Admitting to my weight was uh, horrid. Feel free to ask me stuff. As one person recently accused me of, I tend to overshare. LOL I hope you guys will come here from time to time and read up on my updates and I know I'll see a slimmer me by next year!