If you’re taking time to read this then I’d like offer you my sincerest thanks for taking an interest in my journey. My life changed when I decided to work toward being the person I wanted to be rather than continuing to be the person I had allowed myself to become. Since starting my journey, I have lost half of the weight (over 100 pounds) I intend to lose which means I still have a long way to go! The first 100 didn’t seem nearly as daunting. (Well, maybe it did at the time…) Regardless, I’ve had to learn a lot about diligence, self-honesty, forgiveness and patience.
Now, almost halfway into my transformation, I know that weight-loss is possible – even for me. There’s no magic cure; it just takes time, good planning and a positive attitude. It’s not easy every day, but the effort it takes is totally worth it. And the rewards have been incredible so far! The improvement in my balance is astounding, and I’ve experienced a level of confidence that I hadn’t felt before. If I had known I could enjoy this journey as much as I have I might have started sooner.
My hobbies include reading, spending time with the people who matter to me, attending concerts, traveling, watching football and baseball, swimming, singing and riding my bike. I also enjoy baking, talking on the phone, going to the driving range and playing Scrabble.
My favorite TV shows are White Collar, Suits and Necessary Roughness. I also love Smash! I like sitting at coffee shops with my laptop or a good book (well, now my e-reader) though I only drink coffee a few times a year. I like green tea and hot chocolate, but for the most part, I drink water – and lots of it.
Exercise is also a part of my regular routine. When I started losing weight, I exercised 3 or 4 times per week for about 20 minutes per day. Then my goal became 1,000 minutes of cardio per month coupled with strength training. Now my goal is to workout 5 times a week, and I do a variety of cardio and strength training workouts. My favorite, heart-pumping workouts at home are ”Party Off the Pounds” and the rest of Richard Simmons’ workout DVD’s and Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred. I also love the elliptical machine at my gym.
My favorite band is Pearl Jam, and Gavin DeGraw also holds a special place in my heart. My list of other favorites includes Adele, The Script, Johnny Cash, The Foo Fighters, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Michael Buble, Audio Slave, Colbie Callait, Muse, Bruce Springsteen, Carried Underwood, Frank Sinatra, Michael English, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Jim Brickman, Rascal Flatts, Social Distortion, Gaither Vocal Band, Lady Antebellum, Temple of the Dog and a zillion other artists.
I love Thai food and Japanese food and Pho, but I also like a good slice of pizza from time to time. And I’m working to control my love of cupcakes. When I cook at home, I love baking onion rings, faux fried chicken and sauteing random veggies that I find in my fridge. And I’ve never tasted a squash I didn’t like. My favorite sites for healthy, satisfying recipes are Hungry Girl and Skinny Taste.
Whether you’re here to encourage me or to find encouragement for yourself – even if you’re just curious, I’m glad you’ve taken the time to visit my blog. And I hope you find something that interests you. Thank you for being a part of my journey. We’ve been given one life, and I want mine to be extraordinary. That’s why I have chosen to go “All The Weigh.”