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I’m Jessica… A former college athlete that now struggles with weight loss. I know, I know… working out and eating right should be easy for me after all those years of training. So where did I go wrong? The development of a chronic injury and being a longtime emotional eater both contributed to my downward spiral. One thing is for certain, the lack of structured workouts after I quit track sure didn’t help. I was trying to find myself, find out who I am when I’m not training for something. As it turns out, I’m basically just a fatty.

Let’s get one thing straight. I’m comfortable with who I am. I’m happy with my life regardless of my size, but that’s part of the reason I want to get healthy. I’d like to live a long and happy life. I’d like to spend many years with my wonderful boyfriend who loves me regardless of how I look. I’d like to have children and an awesome career. I don’t want to have to worry about heart disease, the #1 killer of women in the United States, or diabetes. I just want to live my life, and if being overweight is going to prevent me from doing so, it’s time to do something about it.

Me and my boo

But other than that, a little background info on myself: I currently reside in the beautiful, mountainous region of North Alabama, a place I’ve learned to love and call home. I have roots in New Orleans and Memphis. I have a bachelor’s degree in Finance but am still seeking work in this horrible job market (unemployment is NOT great for the self-esteem).

I still remain very active despite my overweight stature, hitting the gym 3-5 times a week. I have excellent blood pressure, and a low resting heart rate of 60. It has become obvious to me that exercise is not enough. Enter this blog, which will serve as a bit of a diary and log of my progress.

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