I’ll be the first to tell you that being healthy is now one of the focal parts of my life. If you’ve happened upon this blog, you can probably relate. I love finding the best ways to treat my body and I’ve learned that this is a constant journey with new things to be discovered around every corner. Seeking and inventing creative recipes calling for good, whole foods and finding a variety of outlets for my athletic energy are my favorite hobbies.
However, I’ll also be the first to tell you that it wasn’t always this way. Growing up, I was the chubby kid. From my pre-teen through college years, I just kept getting bigger and bigger (aside from one period of time during which I unhealthily lost fifty pounds in two months and then proceeded to gain it all back, and then some). By my second year of grad school, I had ballooned to over 240 pounds. I probably weighed more than this at some point, but was scared of the scale and avoided it at all costs.
Everything changed in January of 2009. I can’t remember an exact moment when I decided to change my lifestyle, but I know that I never turned back once it started.
I figured it was all in simple math: keep track of my calories in and keep track of my calories burned. It worked, of course, in great part because I pushed really, really hard with my workouts.
After about six months, I had lost about sixty pounds and I felt great. By that point, I really felt like I was becoming an athlete and I had become very focused on what I was putting into my body and how I was using my body now that it wasn’t a struggle just to walk up the stairs.
To be honest, though I definitely had exhibited some unhealthy habits during my heavier years, I was always unclear as to why I was so much heavier than the rest of my family and my friends. I never felt that I ate much more than everyone else or that I fully “deserved” to be as overweight as I was. A visit to my (incredible) doctor last summer cleared up a frustration that had haunted me throughout my entire life. After a few tests, I learned that I have a rare metabolic condition that makes it very, very difficult to lose weight. Basically, as he described it to me, I have the metabolism of a hibernating bear. I’m glad, though, that I learned this after my weight loss. While it seems insurmountable, it very clearly was not.
Eventually, my weight loss stopped, and I was fine with that for a long time. It’s been a year and a half since I lost those sixty pounds, and since then it’s mostly been a matter of maintenance. I feel strong, healthy and happy, and though originally I had planned and hoped to lose more, I realized I felt really good where I had landed.
It was around that time that I was diagnosed with a sugar intolerance. As a long time reader of healthy living blogs, I long ago knew that I wanted to start one of my own, but I was never sure exactly what I had to offer the blog world that wasn’t already out there. I originally started the blog with that odd diagnosis guiding me, but it’s grown and changed as my life has changed. First, of course, I wrote a lot about avoiding refined sugar (thus the name, “Kaitlin With Honey”). As I was able to add sugar back in, I started just focusing on being healthy (and finding the title of my blog kind of laughable!). The blog changed focus as I spent the last year becoming a runner after having never been able to run even a mile. This was, all things considered, one of the most exhilarating, challenging, inspiring and disappointing journeys I’ve ever taken on. I ran three 5Ks and one 10K, which was wonderful except for that it was supposed to have been three 10Ks and one 5K.
I documented the thrill of the races, but then I had to start documenting the devastation of being sidelined. More than one injury lead, ultimately, to my doctor’s orders to stop running. When my trusted doctor explained to me that I essentially had the choice between walking now and running when I’m 50, I realized that, despite my physical fitness, I do still have extra pounds to lose. Those extra pounds are a big part of the reason my joints have been suffering.
So, while I am certainly not writing a weight loss blog, my blog undeniably follows my journey as I try to figure out how to lose the rest of the weight despite an abnormally slow metabolism, a body that will do anything to not lose weight, and a few injuries that make exercise interesting. To make matters more interesting, I’ve recently discovered that the reversed diagnosis of a sugar intolerance may not have been so off after all. I’ve noticed that refined sugar and flour have a pretty negative effect on me, so I’m now figuring out and adapting to a lifestyle without them.
So… we’re back to the whole “Kaitlin With Honey” thing after all. 🙂
At the bottom line, though, this blog always has one main theme: it’s about how I lead a healthy lifestyle of eating good, whole food while pursuing new fitness goals.