Weight Loss 2017: It Begins

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Since March 2016, I’ve gained 50 pounds. The last time I gained 50 pounds, I was 21 – transitioning into an adult life with birth control, alcohol, & sitting at a desk 40+ hours a week. This time, I was 27 – getting divorced, going on medication, battling depression – and now at 28 – in a good relationship, depression controlled, motivated – it’s time to get healthy.

Me, March 2016

The last time I found myself in this position, I eventually succeeded on Whole30. I did my first round of Whole30 in January 2013. Over that 30-day period, I lost 15 pounds & totally changed my view on food. I’ve since done Whole30 many times. None with as great as results as that first time, but all with success in their own rights. You can see my Whole30 adventures over time here.

Three years later, I’ve now found myself in a similar position. I’m unhealthy. Wearing a size 18/20. I cry every few days while trying to get dressed. I’ve had to buy new jeans just to have something to wear. I’m not proud of this but I believe it must be shared.

Me, January 2017

I’ve gained weight over the past year for a variety of reasons. I don’t really want to go into all of them here again – because really it’s all just excuses. Instead, I wanted to outline what I’m hoping to do moving forward.

I’m going to do a Whole30 starting March 14.

I signed up for a weight loss program through my insurance, which I plan to follow religiously.

I’m doing “Walking Lunches” through March – getting up from my desk & walking 1-2 miles during my lunch break.

I’m re-reading my two favorite food books: It Starts With Food & In Defense of Food.

I’m journalling my progress, keeping up with my mental health throughout.

My weight loss goal is 60 pounds. And I hope to drop 3 dress sizes, back to a 14.  I hope to do all of this by March 2018.

PS – some extra thoughts on losing weight & body positivity

Check back for more of my progress! I can’t wait to get work hard and share the results xoxo