So…healthy living, huh? Let me give you a little background on my struggles…
I was born in Boston, MA, 26 years ago to a 16-year-old mother. As can be expected with teenagers, she likely didn’t take great care of herself during the pregnancy, because I have ADD, hypothyroidism, and (most likely) PCOS, all of which can be directly linked to poor prenatal care, and none of which were diagnosed until I was in my low twenties.
I was adopted when I was 5.5 months old, and was raised in NH as an only child. Around the time I was adopted, my dad had taken over a burgeoning company, and was often away on business. My mom hated (hates) cooking, so most of my dinners consisted of cheerios, soups, pizza, and subs. All of this was well and good until I hit puberty, and my perfect storm of health conditions kicked in.
I don’t know how much you know about any of these conditions, but ADD makes you unmotivated, hypothyroidism means that your metabolism is basically broken, and PCOS makes it super easy to put on weight and nearly impossible to take it off. Awesome.
Thanks to a combination of laziness, love of cookies and pizza, and undiagnosed medical problems, my weight continued to creep up and up and up until it finally plateaued during the past few years. Unfortunately, it’s begun creeping up again recently, and this time I am DONE.
Realization hit me last week when I couldn’t fit into my snowpants, that I need to make a few life changes in order to get fit and be able to live the life I want. It’s going to be a really tough road considering the biology that I’m fighting against, but I think that slowly but surely, I will get there.
So on that note, here are my health and wellness goals for 2012:
- Do SOMETHING active at least five days a week. This can mean a long walk, a trip to the gym, or a workout DVD. The trick is to get moving more often.
- Watch portion sizes. Just because my boyfriend eats two fajitas at dinner doesn’t mean that I should too.
- Incorporate veggies into as many meals and snacks as possible. We’re already pretty good at doing this, but we could amp up the veggie intake from 3 a day to 5+ a day.
- Take vitamins everyday. Self-explanatory.
- GET SOME SLEEP. The bf and I have very different schedules, and I have to stop letting myself get sucked into late night tv and need to be IN BED, ready to sleep, by 11 each night.
Is there anything you think I should add? Feel free to let me know what you think: eugoogs at gmail dot com.
XOXO - Christine