Who am I? What am I doing? Why am I blogging?

My name is Tracey.  I have been married for 2 years and have 3 children.  I initially started this journey because my mother had some heart problems, which required her to have stints put in.  I initially started this journey in February 2007 and I lost my Nanny, my mother's mother, in April right before her birthday.  Needless to say, this was an extremely difficult time for me.  My Nanny was so proud of my efforts before she passed and I ultimately managed to lose down into the 150's.  That definitely took some work, I was working out 5 to 6 times per week, sometimes twice per day.  I watched everything I ate and counted my points.  Then life got in the way...I met and started dating my husband.  I changed jobs and wound up not being close to the gym that I was used to and there was not one close to me.  Ultimately, I wound up gaining my weight back and a few extra pounds, which put me at 200.6 pounds about a year ago.  Trust me, 200 pounds on my 4'10" frame was definitely hard on my body.  I am determined that I am going to be healthy...I'm not just aiming for the 150's, which is where I was before...I'm aiming for 135.

Why am I blogging?  Well, I figured that if I put it out there, that it would hold me accountable on a whole different level.  I'm not perfect.  I know there are ups and downs on this journey.  It seems to be going much slower this time.  So as of yesterday, I was down another 1.4 pounds.  This puts me at a total of 12.8 pounds down. I am now at 187.8 pounds.  

Right now, I'm doing a Biggest Weight Loss Challenge, which allows me to workout 2 times per week with a personal trainer.  I also do a Hoop Dance class and Zumba class on Thursday nights and a circuit training and Zumba class on Saturdays.  Once the Biggest Weight Loss Challenge is over, I have a plan for my workouts and understand there may be another chance to do it again in January or February.

My goal?  To be fit and fabulous in my 40's.  I just turned 40 this year and I want to be fit and healthy for all of my children and my new husband.  There is still so much life to be lived...and I want to actually live it, not sit on the sidelines and watch it.


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