Healthy Living

The past 6 months have been a great journey for me, as I’ve really learned to listen to my body.  Although I’ve always been thin, my metabolism came to a crawl once I turned 25.  I’m sure going from teaching middle schoolers to becoming a librarian with a desk job had something to do with my gaining 35 pounds as well.  I went from a 5’7″ gal weighing 135 pounds in high school and college up to 171 pounds around Valentine’s Day this past spring.  That was when I knew I had to make a change.

I had tried Weight Watchers many times before, but I always got depressed with myself when I went over my daily and/or weekly points limits.  A friend of mine who experienced success with WW encouraged me by stating that I had to track every bite, no matter how many points I actually racked up, and only then could I begin to be honest enough with myself to make changes (and in turn, SEE changes in my body!).  Well, for some unknown reason, my most recent attempt to tackle the Weight Watchers points system worked, and since February 11th of this year, I’ve managed to lose 20.5 pounds.  By not only learning HOW to cook, but to ENJOY the cooking process, and by finding exercise routines that I look forward to taking part in, I am now over half way to my goal weight, and I’m learning a lot about myself along the way.

It’s not a race.  It’s taken me almost 5 months to lose 20 pounds, but I’ve changed my life in a positive way, and I’m thoroughly appreciating the growth in confidence that is resulting!

This page is dedicated primarily to the recipes that I really enjoy, but it will also serve as a journal of my weight loss and healthy living adventure!

Here’s me at 171 pounds in October 2012 (left) and part-way through my weight-loss journey at 155 pounds in May 2013 (right).

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