So, today I’m getting super personal and vulnerable with you (shudder).
For those who know me know that I have battled my weight since I was like, oh I don’t know, ONE!
I have tried every diet, every fad. I have been to doctors and gyms and clinics. I struggled with eating disorders in high school, and even now I have internal battles with myself about making myself vomit after overeating.
For the past two years I have felt my health decline. I have suffered with Lyme Disease, increased anxiety and stress related issues. I had to have a hysterectomy late last year, which has been a blessing, as those issues caused a host of other issues which now have been resolved since my surgery.
Recently I had a bulging disc that was incredibly painful and debilitating. The last time I had pain like that was during childbirth. It was while I was lying helplessly in pain on the couch that I became very much aware that being overweight and out of shape was taking control of my life. I made a promise to myself that once my back issue was resolved I had to take a serious, healthy approach to my health.
I signed up for a 3-month Weight Watchers plan. I weighed in and am logging my points and changing the way I look at myself. Not as an aging, overweight, stressed out, chaotic wife and mother of two. But a busy, energized, strong, woman of character and perseverance. I am not going to think about the 75 pounds that I need to lose to bring me to my goal weight. But I am going to focus on what I’m going to eat today, in the moment.
I’m pretty sure a lot of you struggle with the same issues that I do. We try to do it all, and as moms, we’re usually doing everything for everyone else and we end up in rough shape. How many times have you heard “You can’t pour from an empty cup”?
I’m sharing post today because I think being vulnerable and making myself accountable to others is crucial to success. So every Wednesday I’m going to share my successes and defeats (hopefully there won’t be many of those) here on the Café. I’ll also be sharing some great recipes, exercise and beauty tips, helpful apps and even some Instagram stories. I really hope you join me. I really need all the encouragement I can get!
What’s stopping you from taking care of yourself?
Nothing would make me happier than to hear from all of you out there that are struggling. Whether it be with your weight, or just the burdens of daily life that keep you from caring for yourself properly.
My good friend Heather at Totally Tailgates did a 12 Week Weight Loss Journey on her blog, which is pretty tough to do when you’re surrounded by delicious tailgating food (thanks for the fried macaroni and cheese balls girlfriend). Go check out her story and be inspired. She’s sooooooo close to her goal! Go cheer her on, and get some great tailgating tips and helpful posts about college life (for parents and students) while you’re there. Tell her I said “Hey!”
Friends, we are stronger together. We can do it altogether. I don’t mean we can do it ALL together, because we can’t do it all. I’m pretty sure that’s half the problem right there, by the way.
Today I weighed in at 225 pounds. Which would be great if I were 8 feet tall, but at 5’3”, it’s not so good. Actually, it’s really bad. Actually, I can’t believe I just shared my weight with the world. But I did it.
But today, I’m not going to let that number discourage. I’m going to use to encourage me.
Just think of how much more amazing my success story will be!
Are you with me?