Why Did I Create The BlueEyed Chef?
The reason I created this website is to be able to share my knowledge and experiences as it relates to health and weight loss for others still trying to achieve their health and weight loss goals. Back when I was more than 250 pounds and trying to lose weight, I truly felt as though it would never really happen for me. I thought that I was just born this way or cursed to be overweight and lack self-confidence my entire life. But that was not the truth and I was able to achieve everything I always dreamed of achieving and become the person I am today.
Since the purpose of this site is to help share the knowledge I have obtained throughout my many years of dieting and researching health and wellness, I thought it would be a good idea to give my readers a general overview of my story. So keep on reading if you want to find out where I started and how I got to where I am today.
I was overweight for as long as I could remember. The only memory I have as a child being a “normal” size was when I was about 4 or 5 and my family went to Disneyland. By the time I started school, I was a chubby little kid. I was always really shy, kept to myself, and thankfully didn’t get picked on that much for my size.
When I was in High School, I lost a little weight because I joined the dance team. I didn’t really change what I was eating but because I was naturally being more active on a regular basis, I at least got under 200 pounds. When I graduated, though, and started to work a 9–5 job at a call center, my weight increased at a rapid pace. I would order out from Chinese and fast-food restaurants 3 or more days a week, spent 90% of my time sitting in a chair, and would always indulge when donuts or some other sweet treat came passing by my cubicle.
The Breaking Point
I remember one day seeing a little scale on the floor of my parent’s house. I couldn’t remember the last time I weighed myself. I stepped on the scale and it said 276 pounds! I started to cry right then and there. I had no idea how much I had let myself go and I was only 20 years old. Right there I decided that I would do whatever I had to do to lose the weight and get healthy.
My Journey to Success
The next day I signed up for Jenny Craig and started working out 3 days a week. After a few months, I had lost a decent amount of weight and had gotten back down to 250 pounds. It really helped me at the very beginning to be able to follow a program that was just laid out for me and have a personal counselor that I could work with, talk to, and that could help me track my progress along the way, especially because I really knew very little about health and weight loss. This is one of the reasons why I recommend to those who have a long way to go or have very little knowledge about how to lose weight, to find a program that they can use to get started.
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Joining Jenny Craig was just the beginning of my journey. I tried diet after diet, workout plan after workout plan. Sometimes I would lose a little bit of weight, gain back some, and the yo-yo dieting continued for the next couple years. I pretty much stayed between 200 and 250 pounds until I was 23.
Shortly after I turned 23, I traveled to Trinidad and Tobago and met the man that would eventually become my husband. He started to guide me in the right direction as he was a very healthy eater and active, hard worker.
Over the next year’s time, leading up to my wedding, I kept making small, sustainable changes to my lifestyle and eating habits and was able to obtain a weight of 160 pounds by my wedding date of August 19, 2012.
I became even more active after I got married. I was doing a lot of walking and hiking with my husband almost every day. However, I never felt deprived. There was nothing that I wasn’t “allowed” to eat or any strict rules I had to follow. I just lived my life like normal with the healthy habits I had developed over time driving me towards a place I never thought I would reach. I was able to even at one point get down as low as 140 pounds.
I have now been able to maintain a weight of 145-155 pounds over the last 5 years, even after having my first child last year. I owe my success to the loving support of my husband and my determination to never give up. Now I know that anyone can be successful at improving their health and reaching their weight loss goals. And I want to be someone that can help them along the way.
The Before and After Pics
Now that you know a little bit about me, I want to hear from you! Tell me in the comments below where you are a with your health and/or weight loss journey. What has worked or not worked for you? What content would you like to see me cover in future posts that would be especially helpful to you along the way?
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