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Working towards a healthy lifestyle change

so here is how i have been doing it wrong October 14, 2010

Filed under: getting to know me,good day,having a moment,health,sad day — gratekate @ 12:25 pm
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It’s been a week since I decided to jumpstart my health and become more accountable. And yet…

You know how actual healthy people say that you can eat “bad” foods and still be healthy. You just do it in moderation. well, I am officially doing the exact opposite of that. I eat “bad” foods all the time and healthy ones in moderation. Nice job, Kate!

Today is my dad’s 59th birthday. 4 years ago today CW (my husband) got on bended knee and asked me to be his bride. This is significant for 2 reasons. One: I got engaged! woot woot! and two: this was the last time I really remember taking care of myself health wise.

Kate and CW. October 14, 2006. Engagement.

You can’t see in the photo, but I was wearing Express jeans. size 14. they ran small so I can say with authority that I was still a size 12 (in most other brands) at the time. We went to try on wedding dresses during Thanksgiving break literally a month and a week later. By that time, I was already wearing tight size 16’s. Shouldn’t that have red flagged me right there to do something different?

And yet, I still have not learned.


Today my name is…. unhealthy. October 6, 2010

Filed under: getting to know me,goals,health — gratekate @ 4:59 pm
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Hi. I’m Kate and I am starting a blog to help keep me accountable on my struggle to better health.

I have been meaning to do this for awhile but as all journey’s towards “weight loss” go, I clearly needed a kick in the pants. I am really good at pretending everything is OK. When I can’t walk up stairs, it’s OK because I am “just tired” or I was not breathing correctly (HA!). When I want to eat terrible food, it is OK because I had just a stressful day… you know cause mickey D’s really helps turn it all around. I am so good at pretending that I can usually just forget that my health slips more and more into a dangerous place everyday.

But, on Monday I went to the doctor and they made me get on a scale. I am not one for thinking about the numbers (because I can pretend they don’t really matter) but here is the sad and scary truth: I currently weigh 290lbs. Honestly, this is only 10lbs away from 300, which is a HUGE deal. This is not OK. and I know it. and I need to do something about it. It is so easy to gain 10lbs and so hard to lose it, but nothing worth doing it easy.

Here is the thing, I have a goal to be healthy by the time I turn 28. I just turned 26 in July so I have some time. I know I am going to make mistakes but I am really hoping that letting people in on what I consider to be the worst news of my short life so far will be enough incentive to keep going.

I know I am already a pretty good person. I try hard and I don’t like to do wrong by anyone. This is part of my struggle. I have to reconcile that just because I don’t feel badly all the time about myself and just because I think I am awesome (sounds self-centered, but everyone should feel good about who they are) does not mean that I don’t have things to improve upon.

Here I am:


Kate. Party for a friend in May 2010.


Today I am unhealthy but today is as good a day as any to make a change.