Who I am
Hey Everyone! My name is Rachael and I am currently a 22 year old college grad looking to make a change for my life. For most of my life I have been overweight. My earliest recollection of being “fat” was when I was in third grade. Throughout the years I have had short-term successes losing weight/ getting in shape, and then losing everything I worked for. I even played a varsity sport through out all 4 years of high school (this was when I was in the best shape of my life). Now that I have reached my heaviest weight, noticed family health problems, and have noticed some more extreme changes in my body I am ready to start improving my health and lifestyle. I have always struggled with sharing my weight and health issues with others, and often avoid them and pretend they are not there. I am tired of hiding and ignoring my struggles, and am ready to live a more wholesome life.
Weight and Height
5′ 2″ —- 252 lbs. (I know… It’s bad)
I am currently at my heaviest weight. It seems like just yesterday (actually about 4.5 years ago) I was 60 pounds lighter. Even then I was overweight and always felt like an outsider because of it. At that time I always wished I was thinner and healthier, but now I would love to be back to that weight.
My starting goals are very simple, and more realistic than my goals in the past. First, I would like to start by practicing making healthy decisions in my everyday life. Second, I want to start by participating in more physical activity on a daily basis. This will include taking my dog on walks everyday, walking up And down my stairs a little more, and stretching every morning and night. I’m hoping these small changes will allow me to build up the courage and strength to take my goals further and allow me to love a longer and healthier life.
The first and last time I posted on this blog was exactly one year ago to this day. I had the intention of using this blog as a way to keep myself accountable, while documenting my progress. As the many other times I tried to make the healthy change for my life, I never really got started. I am often afraid of failure or what others will think of me, that I give up or I don’t want to be seen. This last year has taught me a lot about myself, my perception of myself, and what I need to change. This year, as much as it is a true struggle for me, I want to put myself out there. I want to do things that intimidate me and scare me, to gain the confidence and live a better life. So to start on my journey I have put together few reasons to answer the question, Why Start Now?
Excuses… tomorrow, monday, next week
Family History… diabetes, sleep apnea, obesity
My struggles… breathing, moving, clothes, confidence
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for my next post where you’ll get to learn a little about me and my starting point for this journey.
For such a long time I always felt like I had myself and my life figured out. I have always been that person who had a plan, I needed plans to keep myself sane and moving forward. As I have gotten older I have realized that life doesn’t always go as planned, and being able to adapt to many changes quickly is the key. I have started this blog to keep myself accountable and to possibly inspire others to make positive changes in their lives. After starting my beauty blog I realized how much I enjoy being able to express what I am passionate about to others, and I know this is a great opportunity for me. Growing up I have always been overweight and struggled with my own self-image and confidence. I have tried losing weight numerous times, but nothing I did seemed to work. While I am aiming to lose weight, I am more concerned with pushing myself to make healthy decisions and strive to live a healthy lifestyle.