|Last picture of me on a bike until 201|
|I'm in the hot pink pants.|
|4th grade school picture at my new school|
In high school, I went vegetarian (and then vegan for a little while) but not for health reasons. I lost a bit of weight, but not really by trying and not in a very healthy way and I certainly wasn't getting any exercise. I was a pizza and cake vegetarian, I wasn't eating meat but I was still eating a lot of junk. In college, I continued to eat junk (of course!) but I did something kind of strange for a college freshman-I got married! We ate poorly together, both out of habit and out of monetary necessity and I gained a bit more weight. In 2000, I weighed around 240 pounds.
Part 1 Wrap-Up: Finding out that I was not always fat has been a revelation to me. I JUST found this out though, already well into my weight loss journey, but I think it has helped me with the mental aspects of weight loss. To know that I was not predestined to be fat from birth was a revelation. I was not fated or doomed to be overweight from the very beginning. It's not the inevitable weight my body is set to be. Instead of seeing fat as the way my body IS, a static condition that has always existed, I now see my weight as a change in my body (that has continued to happen over the years, both positive and negative). And I can influence that change myself through my choices instead of letting my inaction determine what it will be.
Next up, Part 2-When I start doing something about it.