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I was going to post my introduction several weeks ago, but you know, life...it has a way of derailing everything.

My name is Rebekah but you can call me Bekah or Beks. I just turned 32 in March. I live on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio with my furchild. Jinx is a Russian Blue cat and 100% brat. I work for a global logistics company called Expeditors in Customs Brokerage. I won't bore you with the details, but think of us a travel agents for cargo. My part of the process is working with Customs to get my customer's freight cleared to come into the U.S. This is unfortunately a desk job and I spend a lot of hours sitting at a computer which is contributing horribly to my health issues.

I was always an active child. I spent a lot of time outside riding my bike and running around our large country property. When I started my periods, I began to notice the weight packing on. I have never had a regular cycle, but because I wasn't sexually active, I wrote it off as I was just odd. My weight continued to pack on through college despite having chosen a very active degree in Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Management. Once out, I happen to be talking to my mom one day and mentioned I still didn't have a regular cycle. My mom freaked out and made me schedule an appointment with a doctor immediately. That is when I was diagnosed with PCOS. I had no idea what the doctor was talking about or how this new knowledge would drastically impact my life. I did a lot of research and it scared me to death. I started that very day to being healthier. Between an active job, working out, and eating better, I managed to lose 40 pounds in about 7 months. I felt amazing! But as we all know, life loves to just interrupt everything. My grandmother died suddenly and shortly after, I lost my job. I struggled to find a new path for a long time. I tried to be healthy but the motivation was gone. Slowly over the years, all the weight came back plus many, many more pounds.

Today, at my heaviest ever, I have everything I want at this time in my life; a good job, nice apartment, and independence, but I don't have my health. Starting 2017 I realized that I was looking at a very unhappy future and became scared to death of living my 30's so overweight and sick. It took me till recently to find the right motivation and I decided it was time to change.

Eating: I hate to cook. It's not something I enjoy or am all that good at. So, I hired a friend, who LOVES to cook, to make lunch and dinner for me. She is cooking low carb/low fat meals that taste AMAZING!

Exercise: I have the heart of a runner, but I'm not there yet. I'm starting slow with walking as often as I can and adding a little Yoga on rainy days.

Medication: I haven't started back on Metformin yet, but I plan to as soon as my surgeon gives me the okay from my post gallbladder removal surgery.

My goals for my health are not motivated by weight. The weight will naturally come off as I pursue things like running a mile, doing a half hour of kickboxing, walking without having pain in my back, standing to fold my laundry without having to take a break, etc. I only weigh myself once a month and also at that time, I take my measurements. I have also discovered virtual runs. I am super motivated by bling, so each mile counts toward a medal I purchase. Even if the medal gets shipped to me early, it stays in it's mailer till I complete the mileage. I have been choosing half marathons so it takes longer to achieve the medal.

I'm pretty much an open book. I don't consider much off the table and I'm very open about my PCOS. My car even sports a teal ribbon for awareness. I hope many more women will join us soon and we can all work together to keep each other motivated, supported, and encouraged!

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