I am embarking on a new adventure, called the Extreme Health Makeover. I want to tell you all about it, but I think some background is in order first.
I have struggled with my weight since puberty. I was overweight in high school and college (although when I look back at those pictures now, I think I looked pretty darn good!). I did manage to lose some my last year in college, but then I fell in love with the wrong person and tried to drown my sorrows in another relationship. When that one inevitably ended (he lived in another state), I was lonely, and I comforted myself with food, gaining back all the weight I had lost – and then some.
During this time, I went back to church after a long time away, and I met Kevin, and we got married. (Kevin thought I was beautiful, just the way I was. And he still does, many pounds later.) Unhealthy eating habits, four pregnancies, and comfort eating – you do the math. I am now at the heaviest I’ve ever been, and it’s taking its toll. I get out of breath walking one flight of stairs. I can’t keep up with my kids. I have acid reflux, back pain, sore knees, varicose veins – you name it. I can’t live like this anymore. It is time to make a huge change.
About a month ago, a friend of mine invited me to go to an event at the park, called Get Fit Colville. For the last two years, our community has been participating in Washington’s drive to become the healthiest state. They have a big kick-off event in the summer, and then people work hard to lose weight and get fit. There are prizes for percentage of body weight lost, and one pound of non-perishables are donated to the local food bank for every pound lost. So far, people in Colville have lost over 3,000 pounds.
The Get Fit Colville committee is also sponsoring Extreme Health Makeover. People who are determined to make a change apply and go through an interview process. 30 people applied, 11 were chosen – and I was one of those 11. I have received a year’s membership to the local gym, including an hour a week with a personal trainer. I will meet with a nutritionist to form a reasonable food plan, and will attend weekly meetings with the other participants for support and accountability.
I am very excited – and hopeful for the first time in a long time. I thought about setting up a specific blog for my weight loss journey – but this is my personal blog, and what is more personal than this? I will be sharing my journey and progress here, week by week. I am counting on all of you to help hold me accountable and get on me when I get discouraged or am tempted to give up.
I’ve already been attending the gym in the mornings – so far just walking on the treadmill. On Monday, I have my first appointment with my personal trainer, and in the evening, the first meeting with the rest of the participants. I’ll let you know how it goes!