This is my space to talk/vent/celebrate/complain/etc. about my progress as I work towards a fitter and healthier lifestyle. Below is the about info that is also on my tumblr:
Hello. 🙂 My name’s Andrea and I’m a 28 year old elementary school teacher. Weight has always been an issue for me, for as far back as I remember, and I’ve always suffered because of it. Join me as I finally get myself fit and healthy.
One thing, aside from weight issues, that I’ve struggled with is depression. When I was younger I didn’t understand exactly what was wrong with me and as I got older the stigma of being “depressed” made me hide how I felt. The first time I attempted to take my life I was eleven years old. Thankfully I didn’t know what I was doing (or why) and I stuck around. Unfortunately that wasn’t the last time either. Over the course of my life I have had many ups and downs, times where I’ve felt I could do anything and times where I wanted noting more than to disappear from the face of the earth.
I was bullied through all my school years – although I never realized it at the time, I thought it was just teasing. Children/Teenagers are some of the meanest people in our world (some, not all!) and the ones I went to school with loved to torment me. When I hear a story about bullying it breaks my heart because I was once one of those kids and I want to do what I can to stop others from suffering as I did.
Last year I reached both my highest and lowest points: I weighed the most I have ever weighed (almost 300 pounds) and my depression reached lows I could not have ever imagined (I didn’t leave my apartment for an entire month, not even to take my poor dog out). It got to the point where I had to move back in with my parents because I was honestly afraid of what I would do.
After 8 months of not being able to find work and of constant battles with myself and my parents (mostly due to the fact that I couldn’t get up any energy or will power to do anything), I decided to visit my grandmother in South America in the hopes of getting some help (spiritual and psychological) and then going back home.
That was back in April of this year. It is now December and I’m still living with my grandmother and working at a job I never in a million years thought I would have. I’m happier than I have been in a long while, even while I still have my down days, and slowly I’m working on getting fit and healthy.
Luckily I live close to the city’s largest park and have finally started to take advantage of it. I also live in a place where fresh fruits and veggies are readily available. My biggest struggle is having daily temptations from my family and their bad eating habits, but after a full week of diligently taking care of myself, it’s starting to get easier.
I also have to deal with living in a society that is still very backwards (it is a 3rd World Country, after all) and putting up with my family’s negativity and narrow mindedness.
I chose the name, Greet The Morning Sun, because I wanted something that wasn’t just about getting fit. I wanted something that reflected how I wanted to start seeing my life. Not sure if that makes much sense, but there you go.
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