We are sometimes a community of size queens, but believe it or not, I want to be smaller. No, I know what you're thinking, and I'm not talking about that, I'm talking about my gut.
Before I was blogging at Bilerico, I was working hard at trying to keep my weight down. I had lost 70 pounds using the fad diet of eating healthy and exercising. I know. Crazy. I was blogging on a website for weight-loss, and leading a group of gays and lesbians on that site trying to lose weight.
Then I learned I was losing my job. Well, learned that I was going to have to resign. I came out swinging, got into grad school, and I decided that I'd had enough pseudo-anonymous commenting on LGBT politics on my blog--I wanted to jump into the national conversation. Before I had even finished teaching, I began blogging at Bilerico and podcasting at Lundon calling. At the same time, I jumped in head first to the LGBT community here in Champaign, helping to launch both a Pride Festival committee and an LGBT community center initiative.
I had a lot on my plate--both literally and figuratively--and the gym went to the wayside.
That 70 pounds I had lost was soon 20 pounds less. I was heading back to my original weight.
That stops today.
Today the Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County--of which I am a founder and a board member of--is launching "ShapeUP" a fitness and wellness program for the local LGBT community, and as part of ShapeUP, I'm pledging to lose 35 pounds and get myself down to my goal weight once and for all. This time I'll have friends. I won't be stuck behind a computer screen to get the queer-encouragement I'll need. I'll have my local LGBT community.
I'll also have you. Right now, and for the rest of July, drop by my Facebook page (hopefully we're friends already) and leave some encouraging messages on my wall. It will really mean a lot to me. Tips, advice--whatever you got.
I'm not doing this just to look better. I want to be healthier. I have chronic back-pain problems, fatigue, joint pain, and other issues, and I'm only 27. You see, I've been big my whole life, and its time I got my weight where it needs to be to live a healthy life. I don't want to be a 27" waist--that's not healthy. I want to look and feel fit, however.
So, drop by, say hi, and help me get to my goal of 145!