Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Losing It

I am just going to come out and say it.  I am a “fatty-patty”.  At 5'4" weighing 170, I am overweight, and since my daughter is 7, I can’t still claim that it is “baby weight”.  Like most American’s I have tried all sorts of weight loss programs and have either lost the weight and quickly put it back on or just fallen of the wagon.  Here is the deal.  I really want to lose the weight and would like to make a healthier more positive change in my life.  I am tiered of hiding behind big swimsuit cover-ups and long pants.  I want to be able to wear cute, tight t-shirts, bikinis, and shorts. And I know that I am the one that needs to make the change.  Nobody can do it for me.
I have not always been this way.  Before meeting my husband and getting married, I weight 135.  I ate Lean Cuisine (Leaners), and weight watcher meals for lunch and dinner.  I also ran about 2 miles every day.  Meeting Brad and getting married was hard on my body.   No longer did I eat Leaners for dinner or run, instead I ate out for dinner and sat on the couch watching TV with Brad.  Not that I am complaining, I really enjoyed the change.  The weight started creeping up and then I got pregnant.  Apparently a carrot cake a day addiction is not good for the body.  Although it tasted great, it was not good for the waste line and thighs (I am not even going to mention what it did to the size of my butt).  Even my arms have gained weight.  I didn’t know that you could gain weight in your arms.  Yuck!
I have to say I am tired of the way that I look and feel, and am ready to make a change.  I was inspired by a pin that I found on Pinterest about a girl (Mama Laughlin) that blogged about her weight loss and struggles.  I am hoping that if I blog about mine it will help me to be accountable for my actions and help me to stay on track.  What I would like to do is set a realistic goal and blog about my progress once a week.  I would also like to hear from anyone out there that is struggling with the same problem.  Maybe we can help each other achieve our goals.
My Weight Loss Goals:
      Weight: 140
      Activity: Run a 5K
      Time Frame: 8 months.
It might seem like I have allowed myself a lot time, but one thing I have learned is that the slower you lose it the more likely you will keep it off.  I need to make life changes not just dieting.
How am I going to do it, you might ask.  I am going to try and make healthy eating choices, and write them in a journal so I am held accountable for the choices that I make.  I can also look back and answer the question, “why have I not lost any weight?”.  I am also going to do my best to work out 5 times a week.  I am currently walking with a neighbor and we walk 3 miles in our neighborhood.  I also need to try to add some strengthening training and target areas like the stomach, arms, and thighs.  I would also like to start running again, but I know for my knees sake, I need to lose some weight before running.  Hopefully this will work and I will share the information that I find on Pinterest that I have found to help me.  Wish me luck because starting tomorrow I am going to hopefully change my life.
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