Welcome to The Panda Post
The Panda Post started in July 2010 as a way for me to document my life with a focus on weight loss, overall health, and fitness. My name is Kathy and I am a 28 year old living in Northern Virginia. Pandas are my spirit animal.
You probably want to know a little bit about me.
When did it all begin? Unfortunately, I was a young child that dealt with obesity issues. I don’t blame anyone, a healthy lifestyle just wasn’t a focus in my family.
I decided to make a change around age 15. I didn’t want to be obese anymore. It was rough being in high school and feeling like the largest child.
Over a decade later, I am still fighting the good fight, no matter if my weight increases or decreases. My weight has definitely gone up and down over the years. Keeping weight off is hard, if not harder, than just losing it.
(232 pounds versus 189 pounds *highest weight: 245)
So why stay in the fight?
In June 2013 I lost my Dad. He passed away because of obesity related issues, the story about him is here. To watch a family member struggle for years, even with all the resources one could ask for, is heartbreaking. All of this goes way beyond calories in and calories out. That is a lot what The Panda Post is about, the mental battle I personally go through when it comes to taking care of myself.
How do I take care of myself?
I love being active. Workouts at home or in the studio or gym, I always need to get my fix. I will try almost any activity. Some of my biggest accomplishments are the 100 Club (100 classes taken) at Pure Barre and on ClassPass, as well as running a full marathon.
My nutrition is based on eating a balance diet. I track macronutrients to keep me my diet in check.
I have a chronic illness called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). My autonomic nervous system which controls things such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, temp, and so forth is out of whack. This can cause me to feel unwell but I don’t let it hold be back. The chronic illness is not life-threatening but it is life-alternating. I manage my symptoms with diet and exercise (more on that here). For more information on POTS, please visit dinet.org
Through it all my one underlying theme is that I have NEVER.GIVEN.UP. I always push forward, make progress, and make myself the priority no matter what life throws at me.
Thank you for visiting my blog.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional/doctor/whatever which means any health, weight loss, medical advice/tips represented on www.thepandapost.com are just opinions. You can view my full disclaimer here.