Exercise for me started very slowly. Just like with losing weight, I took it one day at a time.
The point of this post is truly to emphasize that even if you are a broke mom like me, you do not need money to start your weight loss journey.
It took me a full year of working on myself to be fully inspired- but in January 2017 I had a plan, I had intention, and I was ready! I started by creating a set of important goals. I kept track of every step along the way- recipes, stories, workouts, calories, ideas. Now I realize these steps that I have been tracking can be followed by anyone.
Binge eating is not the same as eating an extra piece of cake at a party or going back for seconds at dinner time. It is a life threatening disorder that involves eating large quantities of food, quickly, to the point of discomfort. Like me, most people with binge eating disorder feel a lot of shame and guilt for this.
The beautiful view of nature as far as the eye could see brought me to tears the first time I hiked up Round Valley. It was late March and the hills were completely green, wildflowers were blooming, the sky was perfect, and the trees looked like a painting. I cried for the beauty all around me, but also because of so much more. I cried because life had just thrown many difficult hurdles at me, the biggest one being that I lost my job the day before. I cried because I was exhausted. I was 250 pounds the first time I did that hike. It was so strenuous for me. However, above all, I cried because I was proud of myself.