Hey guys and gals! I know in the last post I left you all hanging, so the first thing I will address today is the reasons I quit all my “health kicks” in the past. This list could go on forever! So I am really only going to go into the big ones.

I felt this was appropriate… especially for that last bullet point

1. I was extremely vain. Every time I decided to start down this road it was because I wanted to LOOK better. Now that I think about it I wasn’t even trying to look better for me as much as other people… interesting… Now I am focused on BEING better. My main focus in this journey is to be a healthy and fit person. I figure the weight loss will happen as a side effect.

2. I was SOOO Unrealistic. I really thought that if I just ran a few miles a day then I would look like Heidi Klum by the end of the month, and when I didn’t I would quit. I didn’t take the time to think about this… I mean Heidi is paid to look that good, so she (I’m assuming here) spends hours at a time on her work out and is very careful about what she eats. Now I realize that I have had bad-health habits for the majority of my life so it will take a long time to break them, and a while to get to the point where I want to be.

3. I didn’t know anything. I’m a little embarrassed to think about some of the weight loss methods I have tried. Ally, skipping breakfast, eating very very little… it goes on. I wasn’t doing my homework, so I didn’t know how to fuel my body or move my body to make it better. I get it now, “you loose weight in the kitchen and get fit in the gym.” And while I still don’t know it all, I’m constantly learning!

4. Ok this one may come as no surprise. I was drinking a lot of alcohol.  I was young, in college, in a sorority, and it was just the cool thing to do. As I have gotten older, this kind of weekend activity has lost it’s appeal BUT I in no way plan to never drink again. Let’s be honest, I love a glass of wine or a cold beer here and there. The key is moderation. Alcohol can either prevent or make it very very hard to lose weight; and it has so much sugar in it that it causes your body to store even more fat. So a beer or two every now and then = good. An entire case two or three times a week = BAD!

Ok y’all still with me? I know that was a lot! And now to my second promise from the last post: the X-Ray picture. Here it is again

I wanted to show you this picture because I feel like it relates to my first above reason. I first saw this picture when my younger cousin sent it to me a few weeks ago. I was immediately struck by how unhealthy the person on the left must be, especially when compared side by side with person of a healthy weight. Look at the differences in the organs of these two people. The left person has a layer of fat surrounding all the organs, I mean look at his/her heart! There is no way all those organs can efficiently do their job when they are that compacted.Next take a look at the joints of both people, especially the ankles. The human body is not designed to support that much extra weight.

 
I know I said this earlier, but I want to make it extra clear. My shock at this picture is NOT about vanity. It is about health! I am in no way a medical professional but even I can guess that the left person PROBABLY has pretty bad back and joint pain, as well as heart and respiratory problems. Take on that being overweight can lead to serious diseases like diabetes, and you start to see where my concern is coming from. That is the type future diagnosis I want to make sure I prevent.

I know I have been saying for a LOOONNGGG while now that I am going to start a blog where I can write about my experiences with transitioning into a healthy life style and share the lessons I learn along the way, but as it turns out this step was a little harder than I thought it would be. Not the signing up on WordPress setting up part but the actual writing of the first the post part. I know have a deep respect for writers of all kinds!

I guess the best place to start, since this is the beginning of the blog after all, is with the why. Why am I blogging and creating a Facebook Fan Page and driving everybody crazy by asking them to follow me? Simple. Accountability. I have gone on so many “health kicks” in the past (and gotten good results) but given up before I reached my goals. I don’t want to do that this time. I want to make this a lifestyle change, not just a health kick. So if I create a large following, it’s harder for me to walk away. So if you are still with me – THANK YOU!

The point I have come to…

Like I said a second ago, I have started down the road to fitness a couple times before. I remember buying a Pilates DVD back in high school. I did it once, MAYBE twice; got sore and never picked it up again. In college is where I had the biggest ups and downs with my weight. I’m not the only one though, right?!? Anyway, I think there are a few key reasons for why I have never really followed through with this transition BUT for the sake of keeping this relatively short and adding a little anticipation for my next post I will save those reasons for another day 🙂

Take a look at this photo, really look at it. Notice the not-so-obvious differences between the them

I will however leave you with this picture. Look at it, really look… My thoughts on it will also be in the next post.