Hi all, I’m Valerie, the girl behind this blog!

me

Growing up, I never had issues with my weight. I wasn’t super skinny, but I also wasn’t overweight – I was at a happy medium between the two. Even though I was at a healthy weight, I wasn’t really active. I’ve never been one for sports and I’m not the athletic type at all!

I think this caught up with me near the end of high school. I gained 30-40 pounds in a very short time frame – less than a year! Yikes! What happened? Well, the lack of exercise didn’t help. I also spent more time at my boyfriend’s house and his family didn’t eat as healthy as mine. And to top it all off – I spent about 9 months on antidepressants. A lot of them have weight gain as a side effect – and my body certainly did gain!

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At one of my higher weights.

Once I was doing better, I stopped taking the antidepressants and within a month or two, I stopped putting on any weight. So, I think the antidepressants had a lot to do with it, but the problem was compounded by my unhealthy lifestyle – my body could maintain the unhealthy lifestyle pretty well but not the medication I was taking that kept saying “come on, just another bite of that ice cream won’t hurt anyone”!

At grade 12 formal - probably my heighest weight.

At grade 12 formal - probably my highest weight.

For a while, I think I was in denial even though I’d gone up several dress sizes. But I just couldn’t fathom the idea that I was fat, not after spending my childhood at an average weight. I just didn’t feel fat! It took a while for my mind to catch up to the reality of my body and when it did, it sucked big time.

I lost a lot of my confidence and my self-esteem dropped right off. I adored winter because I could hide myself in big sweaters and pants, but stressed about summer. I didn’t go to the beach – I would have been too embarrassed to wear a bathing suit. I passed up on a few social events – my boyfriend’s work Christmas party, for one – because I thought I looked awful.

I tried many things – I went to Curves, tried Herbal Magic, drastically cut back my food intake. But none of that lasted long and I got easily discouraged when the pounds didn’t just simply melt away.

I know now that I was being unrealistic in my expectations. I don’t know exactly what sparked the major turning point. At any rate, I was fed up with being overweight, unhealthy and self-conscious. I wanted to believe people when they said I looked pretty. I wanted to fit back into my old clothes.

In June 2008, I started small – eating chicken and several servings of veggies at dinner instead of pizza, pasta, burgers and the other junk I used to eat. I wasn’t sure such a small change would do anything (although I was probably cutting an easy 300-400 calories out of my day with the change). So, I added exercise whenever I found the time and motivation, even if it was jumping on the elliptical for 15 minutes twice a week.

But it started working! By the end of the summer the scale was down 10 pounds! I started making more changes – I stopped eating cereal and switched to oatmeal which left me fuller for longer and for less calories and sugar; I started exercising 4-5 times per week; I added some strength training. By December 2008, I was down more than 20 pounds from where I started! It took me 6 months, but slow and steady wins the race right?

Well, when January rolled around, I decided to kick it up a notch and started being active and moving more every day, even if it was only going for a 20 minute walk or playing some Wii Sports. At the end of the month, I joined a weight loss blogging community. I was inspired – seeing so many success stories was amazing!

I started weekly weigh-ins, rather than my usual sporadic ones, and these helped so much! I was able to pinpoint exactly what worked and what didn’t. When I saw that I wasn’t losing weight very consistently, I got ideas from fellow bloggers. As counter intuitive as it seemed, I found out that the solution to my slow weight loss was probably that I needed to eat more! So I did, adding 150-250 calories per day as healthy snacks mid-afternoon and in the evening. I lost 1.5 pounds the first week I did this and 1.1 the second – finally, some numbers that started with a 1!

I met my goal weight in May of 2009. Over the past couple of months I’ve lost an additional 5-6 pounds just through being active and eating healthy and intuitively.

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August 2009 - Met goal, and then some.

I’m now focusing on improving my fitness and I’ve discovered a passion for running. I would say I’ve come a long way and overhauled my lifestyle, and I’m happy with the permanent changes I’ve made!

The CIBC Run for the Cure 5K

The CIBC Run for the Cure 5K - October 2009

A few fun facts about me:

  • I’m 23 years old but most people think I look younger (I’ve had a guess of 18 – recently!)
  • I’m majoring in psychology in university. I’ll be graduating this December!
  • I drink an unreasonable amount of tea every day and always have 4-5 different kinds in the cupboard.
  • I grew up in a slightly hick-ish small town in central-northern Ontario and even after living in a larger city for 4 years, I still feel like a country girl!
  • I don’t like peanut butter – I always feel like I’m one of the maybe ten people in the world that don’t like it.
  • If you notice a lack of earrings in my pictures, it’s because I’ve never had my ears pierced.
  • I love chocolate.
  • I used to be an avid horseback rider for about 5-6 years and I’m hoping to take it back up when I’m finished school.

Anything else? Just ask!

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1 Response to “About Me”


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Who Am I?

I'm Valerie, a university student trying to strike a balance between school, my social life and a healthy lifestyle. Over the past year, I've made a lot of positive changes to my life that resulted in losing over 40 pounds! I'm now trying to lead a fully balanced lifestyle and maintain my weight.
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