Greetings friends!  I have a renewed enthusiasm for all things health and fitness and a strong desire to record my experience of getting strong and healthy. What better way to do that than sharing what I’m learning and how I feel through this process with others? So…..I’m going to start blogging again.

In the past when I’ve had a big lag between blog posts, I’ve felt the need to explain my absence and make excuses.  Not so this time. I will state, though, that I have a renewed commitment to a specific way of eating (well, really a new way of life that incorporates a new way of eating). I may have posts in my history that are not congruent with my new ways. I’m leaving them there anyway. It is a good reminder for me of where I have come from and may help others see that the path is windy and it sometimes takes a lot of iterations before we are ready to find what we really believe in and what really works for us.

So HI!  I’m Teresa—often called simply “T”. I am a formerly athletic woman who has struggled with obesity and a processed food addiction for the majority of my adult life. I realize many of you may be scoffing at the idea that one can be addicted to food. I have shunned that label for a really long time because I had those very same thoughts. I now accept it fully. I am an addict. Food addict my not be quite the right term, as the food I eat now does not have addictive tendencies. However, many processed foods (if we can call them food) do have addictive properties and I was under their power for about 30 years.  It is only in embracing the label of food addict that I finally feel like I have the ability to overcome.  I am currently working with Chef AJ and John Pierre in the Ultimate Weight Loss (UWL) Program and I believe I have found the answer to my long years of searching for a way through my disordered eating. I am so grateful for this program, these two amazing mentors, other members of UWL, and everyone who has helped me along this path.

I’m a middle-aged, single woman with a great job, a fabulous extended family and a lot of friends. I have lived within about 200 miles of my birthplace for my entire life–until recently, when I retired from a 30-year career and moved from Northern Utah to Boulder Colorado in pursuit of my dreams. I love it here. I am an amateur photographer. I love looking at life through the lens of my camera and capturing all of the beautiful people and things around me. I love to write, sing (mostly in the shower), and do physical, fun active things. I am not a daredevil, but I love to try new things. I love to travel and see new places. I love to garden. Planting things and watching them grow brings me a lot of joy. I love to cook and I’m an expert eater. Now that I’ve changed my ways, I still love to eat—just things that love me back! I have learned a lot over the past year and a half about what caused me to live a good deal of my life at 360 pounds and just what it took to lose 1/3 of my body weight. I’m confident I’ll continue creating healthy habits that will allow me to lose another 1/3 of my original body weight before the end of 2020. My greatest hope is that I can find a way in which I can pay the help I’ve received along this path forward to others who find themselves lost in the land of obesity, food addiction and self-loathing.

I know a lot of people think it is best if we either keep blogs free of mentions of our faith while others think that faith should be prominent in every post. I will state up-front that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  My faith is a part of who I am and influences everything that I do in one way or another. There will be mention of my faith from time to time as I’m sure I will need God to help me in this endeavor. It won’t overtly be a part of every post. I hope that many, whether we share the same faith or not, will find something worthwhile here. In my faith we have a published 13 Articles of Faith. Article of Faith #11 reads: “11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”  I believe this fully. I am very happy to share my beliefs and learn about your beliefs. I firmly believe in, support, and defend your right to worship—or not—in ways that lift and support you. It is not my intent to diminish that in any way.

All of that being said, this is my page. I choose to exist in a space that is free from contention and where people are kind to one another. While I don’t mind discussion and exchange of ideas— even on sensitive subject matters— I would ask that all comments remain civil.  Because it is my page, I will exercise my right to delete comments I deem inappropriate or unkind and block anyone who I feel is being disrespectful or intentionally unkind. 

Also, I’m not a doctor and I’m not giving out any specific medical or professional advice. Anything you read here is simply a share from my life or the random ramblings in my head. –Enter at your own risk–

Thanks for being here and for your support!

Let’s build something together.