Path you follow: Solitary (for now) eclectic Pagan
Goal Weight: 145
Highest Weight: 194
Current Weight: 178
I've been a bit heavier since Junior high, but never really worried about my weight very much. But the older I got, the more it starting to bug me. In highschool I was swimming 4 days a week, but I could lose any weight, in fact I was gaining weight. The summer after I graduated, I got really sick, I had gained about 15lbs, when I was eating very little, I had a massive headache for 3 weeks straight, and I was drinking about 20 bottles of water a day. They did lots of tests and I found out I was Insulin Resistant. I weighed in at about 185, and I started taking Metformin. I didn't really watch my diet or anything like I should have, and this fall I weighed in at 194. I have always sworn to never let myself reach 200, so that was really scary. I broke down and cried right there infront of my doctor.
Since then I have cut most sugar out of my diet (except for fruit, I can eat that without raising my blood sugar too dramatically). I still splurge every once in a while, by sneaking bites of cookies or brownies that my friends have, but I never have more that I bite or two. And as you can see i'm now down to 178.
I don't exercise a whole lot, as I work 10 hour days, and am very active in a service group, I rarely get home before 10pm. but I try to make sure I do little things..taking stairs instead of an elevator, walking instead of driving.
Religiously, I found wicca when I was about 13 or 14...and at about 16 dropped the term "wiccan" and am very firm in my pagan beliefs. I have been considering looking into getting involved with a coven near where I live, my friend and her mother are both active. I think I'm finally ready to explore my faith with others.
I'm the only pagan in my family, and was one of the few openly pagan people in my high school. So i've had to deal with a lot of discrimination and abuse because of my religion, which only made my faith stronger. Why would I want to convert to a religion which apparently teaches closed-mindedness, hatred, and judgement...when my faith teaches love and understanding and a wider understanding of life, earth and each other...