My Weight Loss Story

I was born in east Tennessee and graduated from college in east Tennessee with a degree in Music Education and a minor in Psychology.  Other than some time in South Carolina and Kentucky, I have lived my entire life in east Tennessee.  I've traveled widely throughout the US and other countries, but there is no where else I would rather live than right where I am.  My husband and I have been married for 34 years.  By choice, we have no children.  I have one younger sister and two nieces whom I adore.  I am very blessed to be able to say that both my parents and my mother-in-law are still living and reasonably healthy.  My precious father-in-law died on August 19, 2010 not long after I began this blog. I enjoyed a wonderful professional career in the fields of Human Resources, Training and Development, Adult Education and Career Development.  I "retired" from that career in 2003 at the ripe old age of 48.  There were excellent reasons for my early retirement, all positive.  Since my husband (affectionately known as Mr. B on this blog) has no plans to retire from the teaching job he loves and since it frees us to pursue our passion for travel, we've never regretted the decision for me to retire early.

My weight has always been a struggle.  From high school to this point, I've struggled with the same 60 pounds.  I've tried all the fad diets and eating plans, but have always found that what works best for me is simple calorie counting, writing it down and consistent exercise.  Twice, I have broken the 200 pounds barrier and in both instances, that seemed to be the trigger that forced me to take serious action. On October 1, 2006, I broke that 200 pound barrier for the second time (203) and vowed I'd lose the weight never to see it again.  With a diligence I didn't know I possessed, I worked hard and reached my goal weight almost exactly one year later losing an average of 4-6 pounds per month.

Unfortunately, between February of 2008 and the start of this blog, I lost focus, had some "normal" health issues that confront most 50-something women, plus was diagnosed with thyroid disease. However, I offer no lame excuses.  Truth is, I simply picked back up bad habits and gained 30 pounds.   But here's the good news. I ONLY gained back 30 pounds before regaining control.  Not all 60 pounds, just 30.  I can lose this and I will.

For more information about how I lost the weight initially, my exercise routines and "stuff" about me in general, I'd be honored if you'd read more of my early posts.

April, 2012 UPDATE: On November 25, 2011, completely fed up with an almost 2-year period of "floundering" and playing with weight loss efforts, I began The 17 Day Diet with a newfound determination to finally lose those nagging extra pounds.  The plan has worked for me and will continue to work as I enter into the maintenance phase.  It is an eating plan that is realistic and sustainable for a lifetime.  You can read about my beginnings with this plan here and here.  I am still a few pounds short of goal, but am confident I will be there by the end of April or near the beginning of May.

Thanks for your interest in my blog.  I hope you find it interesting and encouraging.  Please add your comments and consider becoming a follower.  I want to learn about you as well!