Hi, I’m Jennifer! Thanks for checking out my blog.
I’m 27 years old, and have been battling obesity my entire life.
Ever since elementary school, I’ve tried diet after diet in a desperate attempt to gain control over my weight issue. I’ve been referred to an endless string of doctors, nutritionists, and psychologists. I’ve tried wacky pills, fat-burning teas, and good old-fashioned starvation.
Nothing ever worked. I’d manage to lose 20 pounds, then gain it right back. Then I’d go back on a “diet,” drop 60 pounds, and then (you guessed it!) gain it right back. I’d go on crash diets to fit into a dress for the prom or to get “beach ready” for an upcoming vacation, but the moment the event was over, so were my weight loss efforts. Any progress I made was lost the moment I gave up on my current “diet” and returned to my old ways.
It wasn’t until tipping the scales at nearly 270 pounds at the age of 22 that I had finally had enough. I couldn’t take it any more. I decided that it was time to change my life, and I finally began to make some headway in my lifelong battle of the bulge.
As a result of drastically transforming my eating habits (thanks Weight Watchers!) and joining a gym, I shed more than 80 pounds in one year.
But then I got stuck, and have been struggling to reach my goal of losing 120 pounds since the end of 2008. Dropping these final 40 pounds would bring me to a healthy BMI (body mass index) for the very first time in my life.
At 5’4 and 175 pounds, I am still, technically, “obese,” as ridiculous as it may sound for someone who wears a size 8/10 and runs 25+ miles a week.
While the pounds melted off in the beginning, losing weight became an everyday struggle. I have a long way to go, but I can’t seem to stop gaining and losing the same five pounds over and over again.
On this blog, I divulge my daily weight loss triumphs and failures, along with updates about my various fitness pursuits. I include my tips and tricks, my frustrations, and my realizations, all in the hope that those of you who are also struggling to lose weight and change your life can take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone…and, most importantly, that it CAN be done!
It’s the hardest thing you’ll probably ever have to do, but I can tell you from firsthand experience that your health and happiness are well worth the effort.
Questions, comments, suggestions? Shoot me an e-mail at thefinalforty at gmail dot com. I’d love to hear from you!
For more of my story, be sure to check out my first post: https://thefinalforty.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/meet-the-former-fattie/