Some of you may have realized I began a weight loss journey back in January. I felt like I had hit the proverbial "rock-bottom" when my weight crept up to 231 pounds. Yes, I typed it for all of you to see. That's a bunch of weight. Unhealthy weight. Weight that has prevented me from feeling good about myself and weight that has prevented me from having fun with my children. So I decided to be serious about losing 50 pounds in one year. That's a goal of 1 pound a week. I will be relatively close to the weight I was when I got married.
I joined forces with some great friends on a "secret group" on Facebook. We cheer each other and encourage each other to keep up the good work. I love these girls and I feel like I've made some lifelong friends. One of the girls suggested sparkpeople.com. I checked it out. It was FREE and you know how much I love free! It took me a couple of days to figure it out, but once I got the basics, it's been wonderfully easy!
I "met" Debbi by reading her recipes she had linked to a linky party. She has a ton of them! Then I realized we had a lot more in common. I am so happy to join her on this new challenge "Slimmer This Summer". I can't wait to read more about the other ladies in the challenge.
Currently, I've lost a total of 26 pounds. I can't tell you how good that feels! I still have a long way to go and expect it to get harder and harder. I figure it will take me a year to completely figure out how to eat properly. I've already learned I need to have a meal plan in place for the week or I eat horribly, grabbing food here and there when I can. I've also learned I must continue to keep track of my food. I've learned I need structure and routine, which has been a tremendous struggle. With summer here, I imagine finding a new routine will be just as elusive as ever.
My game plan is to:
- jog 2 miles Monday, Wednesday and Friday (eventually running 10 minute miles)
- do the 8 minute ab workout on youtube each night before bed
- do the 30 Day Shred on Tuesday and Thursday
- eat 1300-1500 calories daily
- meet my weekly weight loss goal of 1 pound each week
- reach "one"derland by July 22
So that's it in a nutshell. Can't wait to see everyone else's goals!