Funny, 20 minutes ago starting a blog sounded like a good idea.

I’ll start with the basics. One year ago, I was a healthy, fit college student.  (Here’s some irony for you – I was studying dietetics.)  Living in a college town, I did a lot of walking and biking, and I spent time at the gym to boot.  I may have eaten a little more junk food than I should, but that’s just part of the college experience. Right?

Unfortunately, I didn’t stay that way. I started feeling weak, dizzy, and sluggish. I was hot all the time, and I had chest pains (which I chalked up to not-enough-studying anxiety.) Finally, I woke up feeling like death and went to the doctor. While the doctor said I was probably feeling bad due to my diet and sleeping habits, she took blood work – which came back positive for a strep infection which was attacking my heart and bloodstream, and a dangerously low TSH counts, meaning I was also suffering from severe hyperthyroidism.

Luckily, after a frantic phone call from my (very apologetic) doctor, I was treated with extensive antibiotics and all was well. Kind of. I spent a total of eight weeks more or less unable to leave the house, since even walking into the kitchen left me needing to stop and rest.  After I was considered completely healthy again, I was still weak and my battered immune system left me susceptible to frequent sinus infections, the flu, and respiratory infections. Needless to say, I spent a lot MORE time in bed.

Now, a year later, I have gone from my healthy 120 lbs. (on a 5’4″ frame) to a very unhealthy 145.  I frequently need to use my inhaler (blame a bout of anaphylactic shock and the aforementioned beating my poor lungs took) and can no longer run or do the equestrian activities I used to without it. I am taking classes full-time and doing medical transcription from home. Driving to a from school, and working in front of a computer, I spend my time being fairly sedentary, which I would like to change.

As of now, I am holding myself accountable. I am no longer succumbing to the illnesses I have had and no longer using them as an excuse.

I am setting a few goals for myself, and using this blog to document my progress.

1) Get back to at least close to my original weight of 120 lbs.

2) Be able to run a 5k by May. I may not need this much time, but I want to be able to do it WELL if I do it at all. I’m currently looking for 5ks to sign up for in my area.

3) Transition to a completely vegetarian lifestyle. As of now, I usually eat meat once a day, one or two days a week. I would like to be able to make this a permanent transition.

It took me a year to get to this point, and so I’m hoping it will take me less than a year to reverse these effects. Feel free to post any comments, encouragement, or similar experiences.

Thanks for reading all of this!

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