Health & Fitness

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I’ve started this page several times and keep changing it mid sentence. I figure the best place to start is not with what I’m doing to get healthy, but with why I’m doing it. So, here’s a little background on me.

I’ve struggled with my weight most of my life. That’s not to say I’ve always been over weight. I wasn’t really a chunky kid and I was in good shape through most of my teens. But I always had to be careful what I ate or I’d start gaining quickly and I’ve always been curvy. I’ve got the boobs and hips and butt and always have. I’m not built to be a stick figure and I’m happy with that. I like my curves.

The real weight issues began when I was seventeen. I got pregnant (another story for another time but it all worked out great) and gained a good deal of weight. I had a lot of trouble getting it back off again and never got all the way back to my original weight. Since then I’ve gotten married, had twins (boy and girl), gotten divorced and gotten remarried. At my heaviest I weighed in at 260 lbs. I’m only 5’3″. In 2009 I had Lap-Band surgery. For a few years it did really well, I lost about 80 pounds. But I began having complications and had to have all the fluid removed from the band, basically loosening it up all the way. I started putting the weight back on.

While eating right has been a struggle – I’m a southern girl, we like our food – exercise has always been my biggest weakness. My knees aren’t great and my left ankle has always been very weak (it was twisted under me when I was born and took 4 casts to straighten out). In short, most exercise hurts. And not in the “good” way. I had never gotten that “runner’s high” a lot of people get after a workout where they feel great and energized. I always wanted to collapse and never do it again.

Within the past year (as of writing this post) I found two things that have completely changed my life and my outlook when it comes to getting in better shape. IDLife and DDPYoga. For the first time in my life I’m looking forward to my workouts and actually don’t mind getting up a little early to do them. Believe me there’s some corner of Hell that has frozen over for that to be the case now. To say I’m not a morning person is an understatement.

I still go through challenges, I still have my ups and downs, but I’ve finally found something that not only works¬†for me but that I enjoy and can keep up with. So if you’re looking for something – motivation, a new routine, whatever it may be – check out these pages. And read my posts about my own journey. Maybe these things can help you like they did me. And if anything I share helps you in your journey then I’ve achieved one of my goals. I know the struggle, I’ve lived through and and still deal with it every day. Others have been there for me and I am here for you. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about anything I post here or even just need someone to give you that kick in the ass to get moving.

Now get out there and OWN YOUR LIFE!

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