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Weight Loss & Wool

Okay. Here. We. Go....

It's 2023, and I've really got to get my act together. I've said that a lot. And I've really meant it a lot too. But folks, it's serious this time....

I've struggled with weight a lot throughout my life. I never intentionally set a goal to say, "I'm going to grow up an be fat." But I've also never taken the time to really understand what motivates me to choose food over a healthier lifestyle. I know I'm emotional eater, and years and years of trying to manage stress from everything life has thrown at me has led me to where I am today: weighing in at just under 300 lbs, struggles with depression and anxiety, T2 Diabetes and the beginning stages of Kidney Disease.

My 8 a.m. doctor's appointment on Monday was an eye opener. She spelled it all out to me as we were talking through my bloodwork results. I was upset and tried my best to wait until I got home to cry. And I did. Ugly tears. Sometimes you just have to do that, get all that emotion out - the hurt, the anger, the frustration.

Recently my daughter and I had a conversation about mommy being "egg shaped". Good grief. She didn't mean to be offensive, she's 9. But boy did that hurt after about the 5th time she mentioned it in a matter of days.I had to explain to her that I didn't like being egg shaped and that I was trying to make changes to look better.

Being overweight is exhausting. Not only do I find myself struggling to not get winded from doing some simple things, I'm always feeing frumpy. Constantly going through clothes, loving than hating my wardrobe each time I gain or lose 20 lbs. I'm not one to hold on to something, so as soon as I refresh my closet, it's out with the old.

All these running thoughts about health, weight and appearance contribute to my depression and anxiety. Anyone else relate?

But I know I'm smart, and I'm capable. And I can make choices, good choices. Change is hard but wallowing in sorrow for too long won't get me anywhere. I've got a young daughter to keep up with and plenty of life left to enjoy with those I love the most. So, I need to make the best of it. All this long windedness to say - I'm going on a journey. You're welcome to come along, if you'd like. Here's the scoop:

  1. I need to lose about 100 lbs. I'm not shooting for a specific magical number. I just want and need to be under 200 lbs to improve my overall health and quality of life. So I"m going to be exploring new meal ideas for me and my daughter (cause she's got no choice in what mom cooks and she can't eat dino nuggets every damn day for dinner either) and finding ways to get at least 30 min of exercise in every day.

  2. I'm tired of being a work at home frump, buying and going through clothes like I've got the extra money to do that. But I'm having a hard time figuring out what my "style" is and feel overwhelmed by fashion. At the end of the day, I just want to look put together, but I also don't want to buy a ton of close as I go through this weight loss journey. Enter the 100 day dress challenge. I found a company whose focus is simplicity and sustainability. Wool& has a variety of dresses, shirts and bottoms made from merino wool. They challenge people to wear the same dress every day for 100 days (yes you can wash it) to encourage a more simplistic lifestyle while wearing a quality durable piece of clothing. I was intrigued. I thought about it. I made the purchase. My dress should arrive today. I'm excited to do something different and new and not worry about what I'm wearing for the next 100 days.

I've decided to create an Instagram account with pictures dedicated to my 100 day challenge and weight loss journey. You can follow me on IG @weightlossandwool.

Already started on the weightless this week. More to come on that in another post.

Until next time friends....


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