Sunday, February 26, 2012

A new challenge...

I have struggled with weight throughout my life.  During stressful times in my life, I eat.  When I am anxious, I reach for a cookie (or seven).  When I am lonely, ice cream fills the void.  You get the picture, right?  The result has been that I gained 40 pounds since my divorce.  There are certainly other contributing issues including changing from an active job to a sedentary job and turning 40, but I believe that emotional eating is the major culprit.  In 2009, I challenged myself physically and trained for a 100 mile cycling event.  I did it for many reasons, but one was to prove that the divorce had not broken me.  I also had hoped that I would lose weight.  I completed the Seagull Century Ride in Salisbury, MD and was probably in the best physical shape of my life - but I did not lose weight.  Last May, I challenged myself again and successfully walked a half-marathon - but again I did not lose weight.

I feel like my weight is the last thing that is sticking around from the emotional trauma of my divorce.  I have tried bunches of things and have not been successful.  The time has come for me to challenge myself again - and work to lose this weight!

 So, I joined Weight Watchers.  I have done the program before and I know it works.  My first meeting is tomorrow night.

It is lose the find new ways of set a healthy example for my prove again that he did not break me!