I am excited and a bit nervous to begin this challenge. I am the mother of 4 children, only one still at home, and have three grand children.
I have struggled with my weight since my 20's but never more than 15 lbs or so until I developed back problems which led to two back surgeries. Prior to the first surgery I was bed ridden for several months and on strong medications including a steroid. Not being able to move much at all and feeding my self pity with chocolate, I ballooned up to 238lbs! Of course, after three months of being in bed I had not stepped on a scale or seen myself in a full length mirror and when I did ...on my!
I lost 40 lbs quickly just by being able to return to my normal family life and eliminating the medications. I was ably to lose another 15lbs slowly, over several months, with diet but still very little physical exercise. This has put me at about 185lbs for the last 5 years.
Until... my hysterectomy last December!
My weight has slowly creeped up and yesterday I stepped on the scales to weigh in for this challenge...202lbs! I have not weighed this much since my second back surgery! I feel that the hysterectomy has made it more difficult for me to maintain my weight and I also moved a few months ago. I have a hard time with changes in my routine and they can be an obstacle to my diet.
I finally feel that I have a better schedule and the ability to begin some simple exercise, like walking. Because of my continuing back problems and chronic pain, I am very limited to what I can do physically but I can walk!!!! Well, most days.
I want to lose at least 10 lbs during this challenge but know that proper food choices, exercise, and a healthier life style will be a blessing to my family and our ministry. My prayer is that I might find this group an encouragement and a way to be accountable for my daily choices.
And now...I'm off to take my measurements... (scary!)
My family, March 2010