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.
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.
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.
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.