Thursday, January 1, 2009

About the Author

Hello everyone! My name is Erica and I’m so glad you decided to visit my blog. I’m in my early 30’s and currently live in Pennsylvania. I currently work for a University with student housing, which means I live on a college campus but I’m not a student. Yeah kind of weird, but honestly it’s a lot of fun most of the time.I got my Personal Trainer Certification in March 2010. I currently am working towards my Lifestyle & Weight Management Consulting Certification.

I started to struggle with my weight towards the end of high school and by the time I had finished college I had added almost 80lbs to my frame. Over the next 6 years after college graduation, I kept adding weight and started to have some pretty debilitating health issues. Back in January 2007, I finally made the choice to break free from the body I had trapped myself in. At 5’4”, I weighed in at 248.5lbs which put me in the morbid obese category under BMI standards. I had a slew of health issues, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, severe heartburn, sleep apnea, etc. I had to push the shopping cart anytime I went to the store otherwise I wouldn’t be able to make it through the shopping trip. I couldn’t walk very far without extreme pain in my legs or becoming very out of breath. I had socially isolated myself and hated leaving my apartment, even for work. Emotionally motivated eating had become a way of life for me.

Fast forward to now, I’m currently 148lbs, which if you are good with math that is 100lbs lost. All the health problems I struggled with are gone. Long gone are the days of feeling trapped by my own physical body and the health issues I had before. I have found passion for cycling, strength training, and nutrition. I finally feel like I’m living the life I was missing out for so long on.   

So how did I do it? Short answer is I taught myself how to eat healthy, how to overcome my emotional road blocks, and finally got off my butt and started incorporating exercise into my life.  Simple right? Ha Ha no! As with all journeys there have been many twists and turns. If it was simple everyone would be healthy and no one would struggle with keeping their health in good standing. As you continue to read my blog, I will go into detail of what changes I made, what I have learned and continue to learn, and what things about my past I feel contributed to my weight gain. I will share this though; it did not include surgery, restrictive “diets”, diet pills, or “quick” fixes. 

Thanks for visiting! Feel free to comment or contact me if you have questions.

BEFORE: August 2006

AFTER: July 2009