In my twenties, I used to live with someone who insisted on having chips, cookies, and soda in the house at all times. It was a constant struggle but somehow I managed to lose 65lbs on Weight Watchers during that time.

My weight had peaked at the age of 21. I looked and felt like a parade balloon and I knew that I had a decision to make: Me or food. Life or a slow, waddling death.

I made my choice and I’m still proud of the work that I did to get from where I was to where I am now – even if that does include an extra almost 30lbs which have snuck back onto my frame during the past eight years  from slacked habits and excess portions.

I remember wondering to myself back then, even while I was losing all that weight, what I could accomplish if only I was living with someone who truly supported me here.

But over the past few months I’ve become aware of a stark, uncomfortable reality: that’s B.S.

I’m living with someone now (call her the love of my life, my best friend, my soon-to-be-partner) who is very health conscious as she works the new WW program to make herself lean.. she’s also very nutrition conscious with a strong desire to eat whole, organic and seasonal foods. It’s everything I want to do for myself, but still something in me resists.

I’ve realized exactly what excuses I’ve been making: “if only” this and “when i can” that. It’s crap. All of this starts and ends with me. This is the realization, this is the truth, this is the harsh light of day.

So, here it begins.. My intention for this blog is to record my hopes, goals, trials, thoughts, work and processes for weightloss.

Over the past few years I’ve discovered a truly deep love for cycling and plan to integrate that not only as a tool for weightloss and improving fitness, but as a vehicle (pun intended) for exploring the splendor of life. I believe the bicycle is the 2nd most important modern technological invention behind moveable type.

I invite you to join me on this adventure! I can’t promise that it will always be amazing and uplifting, but…well… this is all mine and I’ll do with it whatever I please. :)

What’s on deck:

The Dreaded Before Picture

Methods, Tools & Trackers

..and more – stay tuned!