Welcome to the MT Plate!

This is Day 1.  Yup, day 1 in my new life.  I’m glad you’ve decided to join me on my journey.  Hopefully, it’s a long one.  First, a little about me.

I’m a mom.  I’m a medical transcriptionist.  I’m a gamer (WoW and DSxL).  I’m a scrapbooker.  All but one of these things is a sedentary activity.  I’ve always been overweight to some degree.  Right now, that degree is higher than I’m prepared to share.  Perhaps in a few weeks or months, I’ll post a picture, but not yet.  I’m married to a wonderful man who is also overweight (and, I must add, has NEVER complained to me about my weight AND thinks I’m as beautiful today as I was the day he met me… yeah, he’s a keeper).  And we have 1 son who is 10 years old and who, up until 2 years ago, was a skinny tall kid.  Now… well, he’s still tall.

I’ve spent tons of money on various methods of weight loss over the years and ultimately failed on all of them.  My husband and I have tried various weight loss methods together as well to varying degrees of success.  My most successful was gastric bypass surgery (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass) in December 1994.  I lost 125 pounds approximately and I felt great.  I could cross my legs!  I could walk a few miles and talk at the same time.  I could do so many things!!  I was still obese, but I was feeling better.  And feeling better leads to carelessness… and ultimately, failure.  I’ve since put back on just about every pound I lost.

That brings us to today, right now.  We are starting a new life program… starting a new way of thinking, of behaving, of eating.  We ARE NOT using the “D” word because that’s not what it’s about.  That word insinuates a temporary status that will end at some point.  What we’re looking at is changing the way we live.  It’s harder than giving up alcohol or cigarettes or drugs, quite frankly.  One can give those up successfully and never touch them again.  But one cannot give up food forever.  Well… one COULD… but one would be quite deceased.

We are not following any type of plan or program.  Ultimately, we KNOW what we need to do.  We need to take in fewer calories than we use.  Fewer calories (and BETTER calories than we’ve input recently) and more movement.  Period.  We know what foods we should and shouldn’t consume.   Joe loves to cook and has, in the past, done a great job in re-making our favorite recipes in a way that is more healthy and still tasty. 

We just have to DO it.

So… today is Day 1.  I’ve decided to share my battle with whomever wants to read about it.  If that’s no one, then fine.  If there is someone else out there who wants to join me, just leave a comment, and we can do this together.  

Next up:  The Plan and the Goals.


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