Friday, October 28, 2011

My name is Lara and I love stripes.

I think that pretty much sums up my bio. I love stripes and peanut butter and all trash tv. OK, for real, I used to have another blog where I documented all things crafty. I loved my blog and the community, but one day I needed a break. I put away the crafting and reevaluated where I was and what I was doing. My eating habits weren't the best and I found myself in a pretty scary place on the scale. I was bagging up and donating favorite clothes, I was out of breath just climbing the stairs. Rings no longer fit and I was able to justify all of it in my mind. I was buying increasingly larger sizes because "the manufacturers were making things smaller" or "that store runs small".

I had promised myself a long time ago that I would never see a 2 as the first number on the scale and no amount of denial could change the fact that it was there. I had to make a change before I spent all of my 30s unhappy with my body. I have a wonderfully supportive husband who encouraged me every step of the way. Over the course of a year I lost 50 pounds on Jenny Craig. (WOO HOO!) I started exercising more and more and I conquered a long time fear / mental block around running. This year I've done 2 5ks and am working on increasing my mileage for even longer races.

I wanted to chronicle my maintenance and how to balance yummy food and exercise. I hope people read this one and I hope you enjoy!