Spending summers on a small Lake in Hudson, MI, I can honestly say that I was never still, restless maybe, but never still. I was physically fit from swimming and water skiing and never thought I would be overweight, life sometimes has a different plan.
What could I blame my weight on? The death of my biological mother at the age of four? Never knowing who my biological father was? Being placed into an orphanage? Stuggles with my adoptive family? Abuse? My first husband not loving me? Genetics? The environment? George Bush?
I can think of many possibilities of why I am not at my ideal weight but I am keenly aware that there is only one solution and that is diet and exercise. Yes, diet and excercise, those two words in the English language that we try to put our own definition on. I am not going to tell a lie here, I hate to excercise. In my personal defense though, there may be a valid reason for my lack of love for getting up off my rear. It is quite possible that I also have Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension which would explain why whenever I exercise it feels like my head is going to explode off. That would make my point quite valid. In any case, I am more than ready for a change.
To start, I have been overweight all of my life. I have never known the feeling of being slim and fit, nor have I ever gone shopping for clothes without fantasizing how it would feel to shop for a medium shirt rather than 2X. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember, and now being nearly 21 years old, you might imagine that my weight issues have taken over my life. Recently, I was diagnosed with a condition directly related to being obese called Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, also known as IIH or Pseudotumor Cerebri. I have finally realized that losing weight is no longer just about a smaller jean size; it’s now about saving my health before it’s too late.
I know there are a lot of young girls out there who feel like this is just the way they are going to live, that losing the weight is just too hard. I know, because I’ve been there the past few years. I just figured “oh well, I’ve tried, and nothing is working.” What I’m here to say is that losing weight is no longer an option. It’s a necessity. Not only for me, but for anyone else out there going through what I’ve been through.
I’m hoping through this blog, through the postings of our accomplishments as well as our struggles, my mother and I can encourage others to join us in weight loss for life; to be healthier and happier, through thick, while getting down to thin.