Growing up, I was a pretty healthy weight. I was a ballerina for many, many years and was able to stay slim. High school was more activity with Colorguard and Marching Band. College led me to put on a few pounds , but really, my eating habits are what STINK! I LOVE Dr. Pepper like it is the only liquid around and tend to drink quite a few a day. Like 5 or 6 if I get the chance. Fruits and veggies are in my fridge every once in a while with good intentions, but usually get thrown out, for having gone bad. The last few years have left me with a stubborn 10-20 pounds that leave, come back, leave, come back. I think it is partly due to birth control medicine. I want to eat healthy and make better decisions. I would love to start a family soon, and want to be at a good starting weight, so the baby weight comes off easier. I also want to be able to instill good eating habits in my kids, and not do the "McDonalds diet". I am a school teacher, and have made a pact this year not to reward my students with food. (I used candy all the time in the past.) Instead I use pencils, erasers, trinkets, or better yet, natural rewards, i.e. do homework for a month, get a homework pass!
So many things in my life have changed recently for the WAY BETTER, and I just thought my body should catch up with it. So, Beth, my mom, and I started this together. They are in the Sunshine State, while I am in the Lone Star State. There are a few weeks I just didn't do anything at all in the beginning (I think we started July 2o-something), hence the slow weight loss. My mindset has been better most days, and I just finally said, enough is enough, and here we go!