I am Lindsay! I am on a mission to live a healthy life. In the real world it’s hard to always eat healthy, I want to be able to balance out the good and the bad.
Throughout high school I was a little heavy (except sophomore year when I played field hockey). I entered college at about 147 pounds I think. It was my first time away from home. I knew nothing about food or nutrition. So what do you do when you have a dining hall, numerous places to eat, and a grocery store across the street? You eat.. and eat… and eat. I was only away for one semester before I realized I wanted to come home. I believe I was between 150-160 pounds at this point.
I got home and realized none of my clothes fit me anymore, but I still wasn’t ready to do anything about it. My first weekend home I connected with my now boyfriend. In the next year, we went out to lunch everyday at a local pizza place and ate out frequently for dinner. I am pretty sure I was about 160 at this point, but never weighed myself to find out.
One year into our relationship, he went away for a week. During that week I decided to join Weight Watchers. In the first few months I lost about 12 pounds, than maintained for awhile. Within a year and a half I lost about 30 pounds. I got down to 126. I maintained this weight for almost a year before I gained back over 20 pounds. At this point I had had enough of dieting and just wanted to eat. I soon realized how quickly and how much I gained and went back to Weight Watchers. It wasn’t easy, but over the course of a few years I have lost the weight. This year while busy with student teaching and going to graduate school I did not diet, but maintained 131.
Being so busy I couldn’t even think about dieting. I knew that the breakfast and lunches I had needed to hold me over for a long time, so I packed them with the intent of being healthy and satisfying.
As soon as I graduated in May 2010, all I wanted to do was rest. I have gained about 7 pounds and am currently trying to lose it before my 25th birthday in January. This time it is different though. I don’t want to do it by counting points. I want to figure out how to eat healthy, balanced meals where I am satisfied. I do not want to depend on a lot of processed foods.
This is my healthy living journey.