Operation: FIT

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2008

Who Am I?

Hello. Welcome to my blog. My name is Gillian. I'm 27 years old and I presently live outside of Atlanta, Georgia. I've been overweight for about 3/4ths of my life.

Being overweight has been a huge hindrance. I can't live the life that I want. I can't be the person that I want to be. To be quite honest I don't want to live that way. I want to live a life with no regrets.

With me being overweight I actually have a lot of them. I've tried many diets, weight loss groups, phen-fen, and fasting but nothing seems to work. I have a family history of high blood pressure, strokes, and diabetes. Surprisingly I am one of two women on my mom's side of the family who does NOT have diabetes. Weight is a HUGE issue in my family.On a whim, my brother invited me to a session of Boot Camp. I accepted his invitation, but in my mind I was screaming no. At 5:30am we went to our local park where I did lunges, crab walks, crunches, push-ups, something called a superman, and numerous exercises that exercised muscles that I didn't know that I had. I couldn't do everything because of my size and physical fitness level, but I was surprised at the things that I could do. After the work out I came home and sat my sweaty, sore, grass covered tuchus on the couch for about an hour and a half while I waited for the feeling to return to my legs. I ate a sensible breakfast, and then I promptly took a 5 hour nap. My body felt good, but sore. So I signed up for a session of boot camp. I felt that this was a last resort for weight loss, and ultimately a last resort for happiness. I didn't want to resort to any kind of surgery to achieve that. I completed a month of boot camp in October. It was very hard. I get up at 4:50am and work out for an hour from 5:30-6:30am. I eat smaller sensible portions, I drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. I have completed the October, November, and December Boot Camp sessions as well. As of December 23rd I've lost

57 lbs. (It is the holiday season and I wasn't that bad. I hope to have lost 60 lbs before the New Year.) On January 5, 2009 I will start another Boot Camp session which is when my official blogging will begin. I will blog about my weight loss efforts, diet, and goals that I'd like to achieve. I am struggling to win the Battle of the Bulge.

It's a constant, daily struggle. Weight loss is harder than eating right, and getting out and exercise. There's a mentality that needs to be tackled, habits that need to be dropped, and new habits that need to be adopted. From the 57 lbs that I've lost, I've gained confidence, and friends. If anyone should happen to read this blog I want you to know that I felt hopeless. That I resigned myself to being a big girl.

That I would shop in the plus-sized section forever, that I'd have to live with being a diabetic, that I'd always be winded walking up one flight of stairs. I no longer feel that way. I feel that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. If you read my blog, I want for you to

feel what I feel and that is hope. POSTED BY FIT AM I AT 6:47 PM

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