About Me

My name is Liz Gross. I’m 32 and have been overweight/obese my entire adult life. In my mid 20’s I spent a year at a weight I thought was excellent, but even that was about 25 pounds higher than the recommended weight for my height. Here’s a picture of me on our honeymoon in July 2011, very close to my heaviest weight ever.

my before picture

In 2012, I decided I needed to do something to get healthy. My husband started expressing concern that I might not live as long as him, and I was frustrated that I couldn’t do fun activities when we traveled (Europe was not built for fat Americans). I weighed 220 pounds. I started eating a little better and counting calories, but I made minimal progress.

After “trying” to lose weight during spring, summer, and fall, I had lost 10 pounds. I decided I needed more structure, so I decided to join Weight Watchers Online. My first day of tracking was Thanksgiving Day 2012 (I like to make things challenging, apparently). I did well through the winter and spring, but over the summer my weight loss stalled. I decided to join meetings through the Weight Watchers at Work program in August 2013. I really liked the accountability of weighing in with a human, and the support of my co-workers. After the first session, I even got two colleagues from my department to join!

I reached my 10% weight loss milestone on November 26, 2013—almost exactly one year after I started. My goal (after talking to my doctor) is 135 pounds. Once I get there, I’ll re-evaluate, since the healthy weight range for my height goes all the way down to 115 pounds. But, at a minimum, I’m looking to lose about 36% of my starting weight.

My 10% Keychain from Weight Watchers

During the summer of 2012 I started incorporating activity into my routine. First, I would walk for 30 minutes during lunch 3-4 times per week. Then, in September 2012 I decided I wanted to train for a 5K, so I started running. When I started, I really struggled to run for one minute. Within 8 weeks, I could run for 30 minutes. I’m currently working on increasing my endurance and making sure to run at least 5K three times per week.

Me after finishing my first 5K

After completing a year on Weight Watchers and running my first 5K, I decided to start this blog so I could chronicle my progress. First and foremost, I want a record of my feelings and accomplishments to look back on when I reach my goal. However, I’ve also gotten a lot of inspiration from other weight loss bloggers, and I hope I can be that inspiration to at least one person.

I love to cook, and truly love to eat. Of course, to make that work I need to make healthy choices and make sure to keep moving. So, this blog will focus on cooking, eating, and moving.

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