About Me and this Blog
First, please read my disclaimer.
My name is Nancy and I am a wife, mother of 3, Nanna of 1, a nine to fiver, lover of all things crafty, supper cooker, laundry washer, boo-boo kisser, floor sweeper, toilet cleaner, bed maker, money doler… I’m just like you!
Fit For The Fun Of It was created to share my personal struggle with obesity and to also share my experiences along the way in my journey to lifelong health and wellness. I have been burdened with the desire to share with others that may be in the same or similar situation I have been in – maybe, just maybe, something I have to say or something I do can help break the bondage of obesity for someone else. The freedom from that bondage is amazing.
I am approaching 50 years old and most of the content of this blog will be geared toward women’s health and wellness. Certainly men could benefit from the content herein, but our bodies are different and require different approaches to health and wellness. Having said that, everyone is different, and just because something works for one, doesn’t mean it will work for another. So please keep that in mind.
My struggle with being overweight and obesity started at 9 years old. I was in the fourth grade. (I’m pretty sure the culprit that got the ball rolling, I mean the fat rolling, was whole milk). I yo-yoed for the next 38 years. During those 38 years, I developed and suffered from hypertension, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism, kidney stones, and a whole gaggle of common obesity related issues and nuisances such as bladder incontinence, complications in pregnancy, chronic pain, i.e. daily headaches, knee and ankle pain, back pain (you name it – it hurt, all the time), gall stones (thank goodness we can live without a gallbladder because those stones and the gallbladder had to go), depression, prejudice, discrimination, drained self worth and esteem – not to mention the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer – should I keep going?
I have probably tried every diet out there, fad or otherwise, sometimes with what I thought were good results, sometimes not. Over the years, I have lost and gained more pounds than I can count. I have started and stopped exercise programs and have paid monthly gym memberships only to eventually end up never going. Yes, I know, this is all too familiar, is it not? See, I told you, I’m just like you!
Over the years, I struggled with the question of why could I not lose weight and keep it off? I had a medical doctor tell me about 15 or 20 years ago that I “hid behind food” and until I figured out what I was hiding from, I would never be successful at keeping weight off. I kept that thought in the back of my mind for many years and used it as an excuse at times. I never sought therapy to discover what I was “hiding from”. I do tend to believe that there are times when therapy for weight related issues could be beneficial, it’s just something I have never experienced. I have also been told many times that until I lost the weight for me (not because someone else wanted me to lose weight) that I would not be successful at keeping it off. I believed that for a long, long time because for a long, long time, I didn’t care too much about me. I was too busy worrying about everybody else and neglecting me.
This past year has been an amazing eye opening experience and it all started when my oldest daughter said “Mom, I want to lose weight. Will you do it with me?”
So, there’s a little history. I’m pretty sure many can relate. My hope is that sharing my past experience and future trials and errors might help you break out of the bondage of obesity.