Today is the beginning of the May Day Weight Loss Challenge and I am excited! I have not been doing very well on my own with reaching my goal. I was supposed to have lost all of my weight by May 19th....... I still have 22 pounds to go and I don't think I'm gonna make it!
My story goes like this: I was tiny when I was young. My hubby tells me I was too skinny as a teenager- but I think he's just trying to be nice. After I went off to college I started slowly putting on weight. Then I got married in 2000 and continued to slowly put on weight. Before I knew it I was 65 pounds overweight. In March of 2004 I decided it was time for a change. My diet was simple- I ate less and exercised more. One year later in March of 2005 I had reached my goal weight. I maintained my new weight for a year and it felt GREAT. Then I got pregnant.
You can read the details of my weight gain here if you want. But, the short story is that I gained 55 pounds. I have since lost 33 pounds and still need to lose another 22 pounds. I have been stuck right around this same weight for several months now and I have been getting quite discouraged.
I have some goals for myself.
1. Follow my previously made rules.
2. Stop all the unhealthy snacking.
3. Start exercising. I'm always so busy while Hailey is taking her nap working on
blogging and snack eating cleaning my house that I don't take time to exercise. I will start walking on the treadmill that has been gathering dust everyday. Not everyday I feel like it, but EVERYDAY. Well, everyday except for Sunday. Sunday is my day off.
4. Drink lots of water! At least 8 glasses a day. Since I am still breastfeeding I'm sure I should be drinking even more than that.
5. I will write down everything that I eat. Everything. Yes Melanie, you will write down everything.
6. I will check in every Tuesday to keep myself motivated and hopefully get some encouragement from my fellow bloggers and my other readers.
My plan is to lose 22 pounds by July 24th. That is at a rate of 2 pounds per week, which is a healthy amount to lose. For every 5 pounds I lose I will get an awesome button from Tales from the Scales to put up on my blog and I will be recognized on their blog with a gold star. And, since I like rewards so much I will be giving myself rewards as well. Once I lose my first 5 pounds I am rewarding myself with a haircut. It has been
over a year far too long since I have had my hair cut.
So for the last week I have been preparing for this weight loss challenge. I
ate got rid of all the junk food in our house and I bought healthy food. I have taken my measurements. Hopefully the weeks I do not lose any weight I will still be able to see progress in my measurements from all the muscle I will be creating! I have also taken my picture and will do that each week so I can visually see my progress. You may be wondering if I will be posting those pictures and the answer to that is good gracious NO! I will happily post my "after" pictures on July 24th!
So, I'm off to get started on my new weight loss plan. More importantly, I am making a permanent change in my eating habits so that I can keep the weight off!