Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day 4 - My First Rest Day

Today was a rest day.  I know it’s only day 4, but Tuesdays are a really impossible schedule, and there are no classes at the gym I can take.  So, Tuesdays are my official rest day.  Tomorrow is going to be another challenging day.  I am planning on getting up at 5:00 so I can do 45 minutes on the elliptical before work, then half an hour after, then a 45 minute aqua zumba class.  It will make for a long day, but I will do it.

I guess I should probably take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and why I started this journey.  I have been overweight since puberty, graduating high school at around 225, college around 250, and then steadily climbing over the years.  I was diagnosed with PCOS around 12 years ago.  The doctors told me it would get a little better if I could lose weight, but that it would be almost impossible to do so.  I was diagnosed with thyroid issues about 2 years ago.  The doctors all told me to do my best, but no one really expected me to ever be able to lose weight.

I have an incredibly supportive husband who will do anything in his power to help me with this journey.  I cannot express in words how much that means to me.  I also have a son with autism.  He has taught me to never listen to what someone tells you can’t do.  Things are so much harder for him than for ‘typical’ kids, but he is making progress every day.  If he can defy the odds and do things he was never supposed to do, then I can too.  If I can work half as hard as he does, I will lose more weight than I ever dreamed.

I am also fortunate enough to work from home three days a week most weeks.  This week is only two days, but that’s more of an exception.  Working from home gives me the flexibility to exercise before work, during my lunch break, and after work.  It also lets me keep healthy snacks in the refrigerator for whenever I need them. 

It feels that right now everything is in place for me to do this.  I have a plan, support, and great exercise options.  I am hoping that this blog will keep me focused and accountable.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even make a friend or two along the way.


  1. I am so very proud of you Renee. Your conviction to do this, willpower and dream are so strong and vibrant that I know you will succeed. I pledge to support you in any way I can, any time I can. No matter what.

    I believe in you.

  2. Thank you so much Colette!!! That means the world to me. I never thought I'd get up at 5 in the morning to exercise, but I did it. I think having strong, supportive friends like you is going to really make this possible. *hugs*