Welcome to the newest edition of my chameleon blog! I’m a 37 year old wife and dog mom to two incredible furbabies, Gizmo – an 11 year old chihuahua/min pin mix – and Frizbee – an ~11 month old bundle of puppy adorableness and craziness that seems most likely to be a toy aussie mixed with pomeranian, but we welcome any other guesses!
It was actually the whole “keeping up with a puppy” again, after not having done so in 11 years and many pounds and health issues ago, that began this current quest towards a more healthy lifestyle. Honestly, the only time Frizbee has actually been completely exhausted was a day he ran around at the dog park and walking and such for over 11 miles. ELEVEN MILES! So yeah, this dog mom definitely needed to develop some healthier habits in order to keep up with him.
Having a lifelong intense love food tied in with being an emotional eater/stress eater is definitely not a great combo. Add in an office job and hobbies that almost never included any form of exercise, and it’s a recipe for disaster. The relationships with my body and food have always been difficult, and no matter how many rounds of getting serious (i.e. overhauling lifestyle, eating well, exercising, etc. and in turn dropping a lot of weight) have gone by, somehow I’ve always landed back at the beginning (or, if we’re being real, even worse off than the beginning of the previous round).
Having a history of heart disease and diabetes on one parent’s side and a completely unknown medical history on the other makes things a bit more serious, especially as father time keeps on marching by and leading me towards the big 4-0, being the year that has always been described to me as that during which your metabolism packs its bags and retires.
The one nice thing time has done, though, is make me learn to not be so hard on myself and love the body I’m in, no matter what size that may be, tied in with a general lack of concern for others’ opinions. Having developed some health issues and ailments directly related to my sedentary, food-loving lifestyle, however, it’s simply time to try a little harder to take better care of myself and this body I’m in.
So here we are. This website has been running for almost 5 years now and has gone from a full-on food blog featuring all kinds of indulgent desserts and recipes to a heartburn/IBS-friendly recipe blog to a “the writer of the blog is too busy to blog so it just sits here stagnant” blog to this new endeavor that will not be recipe-focused at all, but journey-focused.
My style is to lay things all out there, no-holds-barred, so there’s sure to be ups, downs, tears, laughter and everything in between documented here. I hope this can turn into a community where other women struggling with their love of food and leading a healthy lifestyle can come together to share their experiences and ideas.
At the start, today 6/26/19, my goals to reach by my 40th birthday are 1) to lose 140 pounds, but to lose it in a healthier way than I have lost weight previously (by psychotically weighing, exercising for hours a day, etc.) so as to hopefully lead to a permanent healthy lifestyle 2) have my blood sugar be completely out of the pre-diabetic range (as of right now its on the high end of that range) and reduce the amount of medications I have to take by eliminating the health issues hand-in-hand with the healthier lifestyle changes. Here we go!