Hi, I'm Tere and I'm fat. I wasn't always fat and I have almost never felt bad about myself. I know, weird, right? I was the homecoming queen in my senior year of high school and the dress I wore to my high school graduation was a size 9. I was an athlete. I had lots of friends and no one ever made fun of me. Until 2009 when a redneck in a red truck called me a fat bi***.
This is what I looked like in May of 2009 - that's me at 292 pounds.
I am way over 40 and a mom to 2 young 20 somethings. I was married for 20 years but my husband died in 2001 of a heart attack. I made several attempts at weight loss after that because I didn't want to die and leave my children with no parents at all. My program of choice was Weight Watchers and it worked well for me. But I would lose weight and then lose focus. I would go back and start again, get tired of it and gain back all the weight lost and more. That went on for about 8 years.
So in July of 2009, I was at my highest weight ever. I have always been pretty healthy and active in spite of being fat. But now my knees hurt. I was tired. I had to raise the steering wheel to get out of the car. I FELT fat.
And then I went to my youngest sister's wedding. When the pictures came back, I was appalled. Sure, I could still do the splits with a drink in each hand but man, I was FAT!
I knew I had to do something. It took me awhile. I finally made up my mind the last week of July. You can read my thoughts here. I eased into it over the next week as I decided what I was going to do. I did not want to go back to Weight Watchers. I loved their program and still support it but I needed to do something different. So after a lot of research and self reflection, I decided I was going to just count calories.
I found Livestrong.com and their food tracker The Daily Plate. I started losing. I put off exercise but finally found some options. I made changes in my life. I didn't give up. I couldn't give up, I needed to lose well over 140 pounds. And it kept coming off. And it will continue to come off.
I started this blog as a diary and a place for advice - from me to you and you to me. Please share and make comments and ask questions. I am certainly not a medical professional or expert (disclaimer there) but I have lots of experience with dieting and this time it's working. I know what works for me and me only but some of it might work for you too.
Oops, almost forgot . . . Simple Moon is the name I use in my photography. It worked better with "shrinking" than "Tere" did.