We are Josh and Katie and we have set a goal to be at a healthy weight and body fat percentage by the time our July wedding rolls around!
Here is a little information about us:
I have always struggled with sticking to a specific program when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. I have tried many diets like Keto, Paleo, the South Beach diet, and many others. I was never able to sustain these diets for long periods of time because the diets were so rigid. In my past I also struggled with Bulimia. I now have a much healthier relationship with food, but I have a long way to go in sustaining a healthy diet and workout plan. The main reason I want to write is to work on some accountability. I’m not some fitness guru or health expert, but I do desire a better overall standard of living. With that in mind, I want to be as honest as possible about my journey moving forward. I will be transparent in the struggles I face and how I overcome them. I am a full-time special education teacher and a full-time student working on my master’s degree online. While life can get very busy, I know how crucial it is to take care of myself on a daily basis.
A little bit of information on my health background:
As I mentioned previously, I struggled with an eating disorder the last couple years of high school into college. I had an unhealthy relationship with food and my body image. I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) when I was 17. I was also diagnosed with depression my freshman year of college. Each of these factors affected my relationship with food and how I saw myself. I ran cross country, lifted weights, and was on the swim team throughout high school, but after that It was much harder to keep my weight in a healthy range. In the past couple years I have been fairly consistent with weight training 2-4 days a week and my cardio and eating habits have been pretty hit or miss. Moving forward, I have a few things I would like to do in order to reach my goals. I would like to eat meals that contain a protein, lots of veggies, and sometimes complex carbs. I want to give myself some grace one day a week (Saturday) and make that my one day to “cheat”. I’d like to lift weights at least 3 times a week and incorporate cardio 2 times a week. I enjoy hiking, once the weather gets nicer I would like to add that in as well. My ultimate goal is to become healthier and establish better habits, in terms of numbers I would like to lose 20 pounds. Right now I weigh 175 at 5’4”, ideally I would like to be at 155 but I also know it isn’t all about the number on the scale. Ultimately, I would like to weigh within a healthy range for my age/height. I plan to update the blog at least once a week with updates, thanks for reading and I hope you are able to gain something from reading!
My journey with my weight has been an ongoing battle for me since I was in elementary school. I moved out to Colorado when I was in 1st grade. At that time, I was a skinny kid who could run a bit (3rd place in the Turkey Trot as a 2nd grader…big time runner). Somewhere along the way, I began gaining weight and was soon the fat kid in school. Even though I played 3 sports, I was still the fat kid year after year. I grew into my own as a high school football player, became fairly strong (1000 lb lifting club as a senior) and played Rugby. Needless to say, I was a good athlete. Then college rolled around and so did the freshman 15..or 20. Then came my 21st birthday and my enjoyment of drinking beer grew. I stopped going to the gym as I got busy with school and work and the socialization that college brings. Before I knew it, I was 280 pounds at my college graduation.
Shortly after my graduation in May of 2014, I knew there was a problem and I began my weightloss journey. After a year, I got down to 255 pounds, which I thought was good progress. However, that progress was stalled and I bounced around from 240-255. Fast forward to January of 2018, I weighed in at 255 pounds and that’s when I made a real commitment. I buckled down in the kitchen and the weightroom, and in August, I got all the way down to 220 pounds. However, as a football coach, I’m on the go 6 days a week, food prep got inconsistent during the season and now my weight has jumped back up to the 230s.
I’m not a health expert but I do know enough about how to live a healthy lifestyle. My goal may not so much be my weight loss, but more so getting my body fat percentage back down to a healthy range. I want to continue to build strength on my core lifts: Squats, Deadlifts and Bench Press while continuing to build good habits in the kitchen.
Sorry about the long post! Hopefully they’re not so long every time. We appreciate your time and hope you follow along with our journey!