Down twenty-five.

If you haven’t seen me in the last two months I may look a bit different. I hope so at least! My blog is up and will be here to track my progress. “But JD! How did we get here?” I thought you’d never ask! It started with a lot of unhealthy choices over the last 27 years. I finally realized it, so… here we go….

Where I was.

In January, I wrote up a BIG list of “evolutions,” a long list of things that I wanted to change in my life. Some examples include:

  • 90% of the time make your own food. (Nearly an inversion of my patterns at the time.)
  • No eating things you’re allergic to. (Seriously… Gluten.)
  • Be healthier. Body AND Mind. (De-stress and get “better.”)
  • Run under a 9 minute mile in 2014. (11 minutes in high school was average.)

I started the year with a few attempts at change… but I didn’t stick with them. I was inspired for a few days by reading an article about someone being super healthy, watching a documentary about a “juice cleanse,” or by feeling like crap after eating way too much. I kept getting more and more stressed out about everything. I felt as if nothing was going how I wanted it to be going.

I needed to change. It took me until March to convince myself to see someone for my stress. It took a trip to Baltimore/DC to make me realize how serious my allergy was. And finally, it took until July 4th to start changing my eating habits. Thank you to everyone who has been supportive of my efforts over the last few months. I feel now that I am not just making changes for today or tomorrow, I am evolving so I have a better life for as many tomorrows as I am afforded.

Where I am.

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What am I doing to have gotten to this awesome place? Since July 8th things have definitely changed for the better:

  • I am down twenty-five pounds! (5lbs. away from my lowest weight in the last 10 years.)
  • I weigh myself a few times a week and use MyFitnessPal daily. (Down 2 pants sizes.)
  • I eat what I want with portion control in mind. (Weighing and spreading out meals.)
  • I stopped eating gluten. (I feel 100 times better. ALDI now has a line of Gluten Free food.)
  • I stopped drinking soda entirely. (It took 2 weeks of migraines to get through.)
  • I am making my own meals MORE than 90% of the time. 
  • I started walking A LOT. (I will hit a 9 minute mile this year.)

Where I am going.

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Everything I have changed thus far has been an improvement. I am happy with who I am today and I realize I really don’t need fast food, caffeine, or the emotional food binges in my life, so they won’t be in my life. These are not temporary “diet” changes, they are the way I want to move forward. Even with those changes I hope to meet some goals in the next months:

  • Lose excess weight and get to a normal BMI for my body type.
  • Learn more about nutrition and fitness.
  • Take more time to enjoy every day.
  • Help my friends and family make better choices.
  • Post about progress and review the healthy stuff I love.

I want to involve you in my journey!

If you’ve read this far, I appreciate your support and I hope that my posts will be interesting and helpful if you’re on a journey to get healthier as well. I hope that you post comments, share tips, make suggestions, or ask questions! 

Onward,

-jd-