Why hello there! A new blogger is in our midst... who've thought!? I'm sure you're all wondering, who is she? Where did she come from? Is she running this marathon too? In short, I'm Erica, I'm from Ronkonkoma and hello no! All due respect to Betsy and Emily, they have far more grit and determination than I do, but marathons are just not for this lady. Although I do intend to begin training for a 5K sometime soon (I bought new sneakers and downloaded the app so that counts for something right?) I don't really foresee any marathons in my future.
So why am I here then? I've been asking the same question which is why this post has taken so long. I think that I was invited to join this lovely blog because much like my beautiful, amazing blog-mates I've struggled with my body almost my entire 33 year existence. I remember being only 12 years old and already questioning the girth of my thighs in comparison to my friends! It's been a long journey with this body and it's only over the past year and a half that I've learned how to take care of it and feel good about it and be proud of it! Which is sheer insanity to think about.
I've done the diet thing before, my method of choice was Weight Watchers for a long time, primarily because my mom was a lifetime member so I had access to all of her accounts and point counters for free. And it worked for me... twice. I lost a good amount of weight and felt great! And then I gained it back, and then I gained it back again and then gained more than I ever had before on top of that. It was clearly time to do something different because this wasn't sticking. My (new at the time) boss convinced me to join Jenny Craig with her. It had worked for her previously so I figured it couldn't hurt! And it didn't! I've lost 60 pounds to date, but it wasn't really thanks to Jenny Craig and her food. Although I am still eating their food 2-4 times a week (my goal is set for 15 more pounds) it is out of sheer convenience for those days I get home and don't feel like cooking. Oddly enough, being on JC actually taught me how to eat properly. It taught me portion control and using vegetables to fill my plate, all the same basic tenants of "healthy eating" we've all heard before, but for some reason on this plan it clicked for me. It may not work for everyone but I'm grateful that it works for me.
So I guess that's primarily why I'm here, because to some degree I like to think I've beaten the curve. I tackled the largest part of 'fitness' by taking a fairly large amount of pounds off my body. But doesn't mean my hard work is over, like I said I have 15 pounds to goal, a number of yoga poses to master, 5Ks to run and then comes the ultimate challenge... maintaining it all.