KimberlyHi, my name is Kimberly and I’m a recovering food-a-holic!  I think I may be addicted to writing as well, so bear with me as you take a peek into my life.

I’m just your average 22 year old college student here in Florida, where I was born and raised with three other siblings.  After attending college for two long years I decided to shake things up a bit and on a whim, and knowing nothing about the state of Connecticut, I applied for a student exchange program to the University of Connecticut.  Still in disbelief that I was accepted into the program, wide eyed, and leaving my comfort zone of 20 years, I set off on a 24 hour drive that would change my life forever.  After an amazing year of meeting new people, making new friends, and just enjoying refreshingly new surroundings, I returned home- but not for long.

My stay in Connecticut only fueled my desire to travel and experience new people and places, and within just a few short weeks of being home, I found myself applying for another exchange program, but this time it would take me all the way across the world.  I was accepted to a university in -amazingly beautiful- Perth, Western Australia (check the picture section for a few pictures of paradise!) where I spent a semester having the time of my life with friends I will never forget.  My adventures in Australia have left an impression on me that will last a lifetime!

So, after returning home (again), I will finally be finishing up my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then working towards a master’s degree in Speech-Pathology and Audiology.  I chose this career path because I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of others.  Throughout my college years I’ve been involved in as many volunteer projects as I can get my hands on and have also been a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a community service organization.  I’d like to continue that theme of helping people as I transition into my career and the beginning of the rest of my life.

As you can probably tell, I’m very proud of my accomplishments; I’ve worked hard to get where I am today.  But there is one thing I have never been proud of- my weight.  I’ve always been overweight, and at the age of 13, I took part in my first diet extravaganza.  I lost 40 lbs on the Atkins diet.  Can you imagine losing FORTY lbs. at the age of THIRTEEN??  The funny part is though, that after losing forty lbs, I still had more to lose, but I never made it.

Nine years later, I still haven’t made it.  I’ve watched my weight creep higher and higher, and each time I’m more and more ashamed when I walk into that weight watchers meeting to sign up for the 100th time and slump down in a chair way in the back hoping that no one remembers me from the last time I failed, and thinking that maybe, just maybe, this will be the time I’ll have the willpower to see it through to the end.  WW isn’t the only diet I’ve tried though- you name it, I’ve probably tried it.  And it’s not that they don’t make me lose weight, they do, but for some reason I can never manage to stick to it, sound familiar??

This is where this blog comes in.  I came up with the idea of keeping a blog to track my weight loss journey to help keep me motivated, and to hopefully be an inspiration to others who are in my position.  I know how it feels, and hopefully we can work through it together.

On July 4th, 2007 I began a weight loss program similar to Atkins, except this program is much more restrictive and is monitored weekly by doctors.  The diet consists of foods that are low in fat, calories, AND carbs.  Factoring in a week of unlimited junk food eating and a desperate lack of exercise while on vacation, I’ve lost 10 lbs. since I’ve started.

I’m too embarrassed to list my weight here, but my goals are to lose 100 lbs., get in shape, and run a marathon.  For now, I’m not setting a time frame to reach those goals.  I think unrealistic time limits for losing a certain amount of weight have been one of my downfalls in the past, so I may just set small goals instead.

So that’s my story…and I’m stickin’ to it.

I’m really looking forward to you joining me on my weight loss journey, please don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you’d like and leave as many comments as you’d like.  Keep an eye out for frequent blog and picture updates.  Let’s start shrinking!