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Me after losing 18 lbs (may 14, 2008)

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Me in Florida @ Epcot in Morrocco November 2007

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I'm lovin' the 80s ~ Week 1 of May! (Kat circa 1986 - graduation party)

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Hi, I'm Kathleen and I will be 40 in June. I am married to a big Aussie guy named Gavin and I have three kids from my previous marriage - Aaron is 20 and in the Army (thankfully now back in the states after his tour in Iraq), Rachel is 15 and is a sophomore studying culinary arts, and Kyle is 10 and is in 4th grade. I have about 130 pounds to lose overall. But my realistic goal for this year is 50 pounds. If I find I can do more, great! But trying to wrap my brain around losing a whole person is overwhelming.

I have many varied interests. I love reading and watching TV. I enjoy dancing and listening to music. I am working on being more motivated in terms of movement and exercise. I work as an administrative assistant and sit a lot during the day, which doesn't help. I also work in basically a one person office so I don't get to interact with too many people. I have been taking a course in medical terminology this past semester and am thinking of a career change into the medical field. Not sure where that will lead yet, but I'm glad I've taken the course in any event.

Lately I have been thinking a lot about how I got to this point and why I didn't see it happening. I think I just gave up on myself in so many ways as the years passed that I didn't think about my appearance at all and I know I was emotional eating a lot. There were times when I would have a special event or something and lose a little weight but I really haven't been committed to it in about fifteen years. I guess I also have a lot of mixed feelings about putting stock in my appearance to get me by. I was abused when I was a child and again as a teen. I also ended up in an abusive marriage and my ex was really controlling about the way I looked. So I tried really hard to be pretty and what he wanted because I thought he wouldn't love me if I didn't. And sadly I was right, no matter what he didn't love me or ever accept me for me. And then the weight piled on and maybe it was a safety net for me. I'm still working through all of that.

I'm really glad for the progress I have made so far but there have been setbacks along the way. Still I need to celebrate the good things I have done. I know that I certainly wouldn't be 15 lbs. lighter if I hadn't made some serious changes. This seems like a long journey but it was a long time coming too.

But I wanted to let others that my visit my profile know that there are reasons I am where I am but there are more reasons to get to the next phase of my life. I hope that I can be a support to others and lend insight where I can. Please add me as a friend or message me anytime!

Member Since: 1/16/2008

Fitness Minutes: 935

My Goals:
My overall goal for 2008 is to lose 50 pounds. As I begin this my starting weight is 277.

My Program:
I have started going to Weight Watchers. I am journaling my food choices and intake. I am trying to increase my physical activity. I am also trying to cut down on eating at night which had become a very bad habit for me.

Personal Information:
I live on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I am married with three kids. I work full time as an administrative assistant and I am taking one college course this semester on medical terminology. My email is katand7@hotmail.com

Other Information:
I have type two diabetes and borderline high cholesterol. I also have to take medication for my thyroid.

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  • v TARA225
    Hi Kat,

    We've had to put our gym membership on hold for the past two months so I have no idea what I weigh but I know that I've either gained a pound or two or not lost anything. My stress and emotional eating has interferred with my weight loss. How about we do it now? I actually restarted on Monday because of stressful comments. We can shoot for getting off 20 pounds by the end of June. Does that seem feasible to you? I really need someone kicking my butt and encouraging myself. Lynn had me write on post-it notes around my house after my Mom's visit (see blog). The notes say I am a beautiful person inside and out. She said that my self esteem has been so damaged that I need to convince and believe that I am that. I would love to keep in touch with you and lets get past this stupid plateau.


    4541 days ago
    Jumped to your page from the 80's ML team page to take a look at your 80's pics. Nice! :-) And I am definitely with you on the motivation thing - nothing gets me going on health and fitness like those 80's challenges! Glad they're helping you too Keep up the awesome work!
    4552 days ago
    Kat, I love the 80s pix!!! Way to go earning those 100 challenge points! I browsed through the rest of your pix, too and thoroughly enjoyed myself ~ I've got a 15 year old daughter, too...we'll have to get them together one day! :-)
    4552 days ago
    Hey, Kat I noticed you signed up for the Wherever I MAY Roam challenge! Woot Woot!! Glad to have you play with us...if you have any questions at all, just let me know! You'll find that I'm pretty lenient about the rules...gee, what a surprise! LOL
    4557 days ago
  • v MRS_TOAD
    In case you didn't see my response on the "I am great because link," I wanted to put it here as an inspiration for you.

    You are my inspiration for today! To be able to control your eating with such a big scare is incredible, absolutely incredible, especially being so far away.

    You have earned today's emoticon !
    4566 days ago
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