Hi. I’m Molly.
In August 2011, one week after my 23rd birthday, I was faced with a big decision. I had all the facts. I knew I had gained enough weight over the past few years to be officially overweight and physically unhealthy, and I knew why. I never had a shocking moment or a wakeup call. I wasn’t in denial. But I still had yet to take that first step. Possibly because it would be the hardest thing I’d ever done. The question was – was I ready?
I felt like I was. Then after stepping on the scale for the first time since age 14 and seeing a petrifying number, I wasn’t so sure anymore. Still, I whipped out my VISA card and tearfully typed my personal information and starting weight into Weight Watchers Online. And so it began.
Eight months later, I was 50 pounds lighter, and could barely remember what a whirlwind of a journey it had been. In total, I’ve lost 55 pounds since the day I signed up for Weight Watchers.
My only regret? Not documenting more of my struggles and successes as I transitioned into this new lifestyle. Better late than never though, right?
A Fresh Start For Molly is about the path I took to get here, what I’m up to now, and what my goals are for the future. The cliches you hear about completely changing your life for the better are true – I’ve gained (pun intended) a whole new outlook on practically everything around me.
I was afraid that if I started this blog it would sound too much like a pat on the back to myself. It’s not. This is a way for me to remember what I’ve accomplished and to keep motivated to lose the last bit of weight and complete my goals. I am only a beginner in just about everything I do, and I’d love it if that encouraged you in some way to become a beginner at something too.
I am not a nutritionist, a personal trainer or even a weight loss expert. This blog is not intended to give people advice or even to say my weight loss journey would be the best one for you. Still, I invite you to follow along as I share what I’ve learned and what I’m learning.
A bit about me:
I’m an East Coaster who lives beside the harbour in the oldest-incorporated city in Canada.
I used to be a journalist for radio, newspaper and a weekly magazine. Writing is my jam.
My favourite food is spinach. Biggest guilty pleasure? Poutine.
I am a vegetarian, but I have mixed feelings about it.
By day, I’m a copy editor for newspapers. By night, I watch PVRed shows like Mad Men and New Girl.
I started running in early 2011 and I love to swim and bike. Triathlons are in my future.