I’m Carrie, a 41 year old, married stay-at-home mom in Southern California to a 12 year old daughter and an 9 1/2 year old son. After a lifetime (well, since puberty) of being overweight, I had my epiphany moment when I was 37 and had started to steadily gain even more weight. I needed to make a change.
Being a big reader, I read everything I could get my eyes on regarding living healthy. I exercised, I counted calories, I did everything according to the “rules”. I lost 40 pounds in 9 months and then looked around and thought “what’s next”? How do I keep the weight off? How do I instill healthy habits in my children? How do I do this? I’ve never been thin, what does a thin person do?
I started blogging. First to keep a journal of my thoughts, feelings and challenges. Second to find others in a similar situation. I was always the heavy one among all my friends, none of them know how it feels to be a former fat person trying to settle in to this new body. They didn’t get that I still see the fat girl in the mirror.
Over the course of my blogging, I’ve realized that I have two main priorities. My family and fitness. Then there’s food. Yummy food. Much of my life revolves around these three things, so my blog will follow.
I blog in hopes of inspiring those who are on their weight loss journey that they can keep the weight off. But, it’s not easy. Since reaching my goal I’ve dealt with some disordered eating behavior and I had a long bout of struggling with getting my female body parts working again. That process was even more enlightening than just losing weight.
I’m not as skinny as I was at one point, but I’ve learned to love my body in ways that I hadn’t before. I’ve learned that I need to nourish my body and not starve it. I’ve learned that I’m not alone in any of these struggles and I love the support of the blogging community each and every day.
I’ve also learned to run. This is new. When I started blogging, I was happy with my exercise routine on the elliptical machine and walking. Being a healthy blogger, I was always reading about runners and saw how amazing and inspiring they all were. I desperately wanted to figure out how to love running. It took a while, but it happened! I’ve now completed numerous 5K’s, a few 10K’s and 4 half-marathons! I’m also thrilled to have completed a Turkey Trot for fun with my kids. I’ve also learned to appreciate my speed – and to challenge myself to get better, but to also celebrate my accomplishments even if they may be at a slower pace than many.
I am passionate about food and nutrition. I had started on the path of becoming a Registered Dietitian in the spring of 2011. I realized how much of a commitment it was for my family for me to embark on that career path and have since decided that was not the path for me. I like to use my blog as an outlet for my thoughts on nutrition and in no way claim to be an expert. Everything on my blog is just my opinion – someone who lives their life trying to learn what they can about being healthy and living healthy. And someone who hopes to practice what they preach.
Thank you for joining my ride. It’s quite a ride, transforming myself into a healthy and fit person as I approached and conquered turning 40.