so here’s what’s up…

I should begin this blog by throwing out a bit of “catch up” information for those who don’t know anything about me.

My name is Karen and I’m ginormous! There, I said it. I’m not just a big girl, no, I’m huge. I’ve been the fat girl ever since kindergarten and back in the late 70’s there were fewer of us around so it was a big stigma to carry. My entire life I’ve been the fat girl… the fat daughter, the fat sister, the fat friend, the fat roommate, the fat date and it has shaped my world. I am constantly aware of the space I take up and true to my shy personality, it holds me back from living the kind of life I want to.

On a recent visit with my doctor I was told that I am about 6 months away from being diabetic. This is a huge wake-up call. My father is diabetic and the last couple of years have been extremely difficult for him. He almost lost his feet and his eye sight because of unmanaged diabetes and must now be hyper vigilant in order to keep his blood sugars in check and not further damage his body. It’s horrible the things he has gone through and I’m on the same path. My doctor and I discussed what can be done and ultimately the best thing I can do for my health is lose weight. This is also probably the hardest thing I’ll ever do because of all the factors working against me. I’m (almost) diabetic, I have poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, metabolic disorder and I’m insulin resistant. All these things effect the way my body deals with sugars and insulin, which fuels your cells. My body can’t use the insulin it produces and so it floats around in my blood stream rather than be taken into my cells to be used as energy. Unused insulin in your system becomes fat and thus a vicious cycle is begun. It’s not going to be easy but I’ve got to lose the pounds or pay a big price.

So with that in mind I’ll tell you what this blog is about. A gym in my area holds a contest called the “Ultimate Loser” which is patterned after The Biggest Loser reality show. I’ve known people who have participated in this program and they have had great things to say about it. So when the opportunity to sign up for the third go around came along, I grabbed my mastercard and signed up. This isn’t a cheap endeavour, $400 is the price and to be honest I can’t afford it but I also can’t afford not to. It’s a 10 week weight loss program that uses the bodybugg system. I’ll be working out at the gym for 2 hours, 6 days a week. One hour with my team and trainer, the other hour on my own. I’ll also be working to make better food choices and I’ll be logging everything I eat on the bodybugg website and attending a weekly nutrition seminar.

It’s going to be a long 10 weeks but I can do anything for 10 weeks. Right?



  1. sherry Said:

    I am really proud of you for doing this. I send all my support!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could not do this.

  2. Jan Said:

    You go girl!!

    I am very proud of you:) I just found out I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and insulin resistance too- I will be right in there with ya! (Maybe not the whole 2 hours of exercising part, but I’ll try:)

  3. mok Said:

    Good for you! Hang in there. I hope you lose lots of pounds and gain a lot of self-esteem and happiness.

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