In the confessional:
After attending Fitbloggin, I realized that I should probably give all of you a bit more of my background and how I got to where I am today.
I promise this will lead you to my Berry Chocolate Fro-Yo recipe.
All my life I actually did not have a weight problem. “Diet” was a word that I thought was reserved for people who needed to lose weight. I didn’t, so I didn’t care. I ate what I wanted, never exercised and life was good. Diet really means “ food and drink considered in terms of qualities, composition, and effects on health”.
But then a few life changes made me morph into someone else. Well, at least on the exterior anyway. I was still me inside, after all. Even if I didn’t think so.
The challenges I faced between 2001 and 2013 made me who I am today. Without them, who knows?
There was a divorce in 2001, after 15 years of marriage, I decided I need to do what I need to do. I had lots going though my mind before I made that decision. Like, how would this affect my girls? what will my parents think? Did I fail at something I worked so hard at? But the reality was I chose to get married for all the wrong reasons. I was 25 and OMG, I am so old.
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt, strained
- 1/4 cup frozen berries
- 3 Tablespoons chocolate syrup
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Add all the ingredient to your blender.
- Blend quickly so the berries don’t get too soft.
- Pour into a container and freeze.
- Freeze for 1 to 2 hours.
- Frozen yogurt should be eaten within this time frame because the longer it freezes the harder it will get, and that’s no good.
Who would ever propose to me? I didn’t think I was anything special to look at. I didn’t have a gregarious personality. I felt like I was socially inept around strangers. So when the proposal came, I logically told myself that my parents liked him, my friends liked him, he was my sister’s husband’s best friend. He had a good job. Not once did I say or think to ask myself if I loved him.
So through a divorce, I LOST weight. 12 pounds actually. And I felt liberated. At age 40, life had just arrived and was going to enjoy it.
I was going out and drinking at least three times a week. Eating out almost every day. I gained 17 pounds, Just like that. How the hell did that happen? In my mind I was thinking, I never gain weight. I didn’t get it either. I went on the Atkins diet and lost 6 pounds. I bought a treadmill and used it occasionally. But the weight kept going up. Why? It was because I didn’t change a thing. I ate and drank what I wanted and I never exercised, still.
I even had a gym membership and in two years I entered the gym 5 or 6 times.
In 2005, my now husband, proposed to me, and at the same time I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I literally had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in May of 2006 and got married in three months later.
At 46, a new husband and recovering from breast cancer, I continued to eat what I wanted. I still didn’t exercise. I gained more weight. By the end of 2009, I finally joined Weight Watchers. I used the treadmill 3 times a week, and in 9 months lost 22 pounds.
Now I was a weight loss know-it-all. That means, I still didn’t get it. I gradually started gaining the weight back. And I still didn’t exercise.
Until I finally reached my bottom. I was now 30 pounds over goal. But now I hope I got it figured out in my head. Watch what I eat (I was a junk food junkie and a chocoholic). But I finally figured out that exercise is an important component in this life long project.
My fear of running outdoors, had to be put to rest. I thought I would run too far and then be too tired to make it back home.
But guess what, that didn’t happen. I walked 3 miles and was so proud of myself.
I entered my first 5k this past June and even though I walked more than I ran, I completed it in 46 minutes.
The result of finishing that race was amazing. I am so excited to try another, that I signed up for one more. and in the mean time, I run the trail after work almost every day. I ran 3.34 miles at the Fitbloggin event with some amazing people.
You feel empowered, strong and ready for more.
I learned one great thing to have after a run, or a work out is chocolate milk. So with chocolate milk on my brain,I created Berry Chocolate Frozen Yogurt.
Yum all day long. The combination of the chocolate and the berries is quite delicious.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.