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Two years ago I wrote an entry entitled Don't Hog Your Journey where I chronicled my changing weight through the years. I even posted real numbers. I felt bolder back then for some reason, sharing that at my thinnest and most tone I was 165, and at the time of the entry it says I was 205.
For the record, I've had to start over. After having another baby since then and having gall bladder surgery, those two things did not give me a kind number on the scale!
With my sister's wedding just over eight months away, I have been pretty diligent with my efforts to lose weight (again). Since January 1st, I have lost 17.2 pounds. I'm not going to share my starting number this time, but I might share it later as I post updates. Those updates will only be after I hit two main goals (which are getting under a certain number - not hard to guess that number I'm sure - and when I reach my ending goal). Total weight loss goal is 66.8 pounds, so I still have about 50 to go.
In October, my in-laws had us over, and all of us went outside for a family picture. Their two sons, daughters-in-law, 5 grandkids, and the two of them were posed for a sweet snapshot. Everyone said what a great picture it was, when they posted it on facebook, there were some very nice comments. But when I saw the picture, I couldn't believe it. It was the first time I finally saw what the last year or so had done to me...or what I had done to myself to be more accurate. I was not happy.
I know that sounds sort of boo-hoo. Sorry.
I'm not going to post that picture...but I might post it later as a perfect "before" picture!
It was that day, even before my sister's engagment, that I knew I had to do something. I had to stop going back and forth with my weight. I gave myself through the holidays and knew that when January 1st came, I would have to buckle down.
Some may disagree with this approach, but it's what I'm doing. Some say START TODAY! I knew it wasn't realistic with all the get-togethers we had coming up...I tried to take it easy on the cookies and pies and turkey, but I did not count calories until January 1st.
The other side of this is the fact that I'm actually a pro at losing weight...it's keeping it off that's hard. I am loving MyFitnessPal...I just wonder what I'll do after I hit my goal. No more babies being had. Hopefully no more surgeries.
I share all of this because I know I'm not the only one who has this battle. I know that when someone loses weight, everyone wants to know, "WHAT'S YOUR SECRET?" The truth is, there is no secret. Sure, there are gimmicks. There will always be lose-weight-fast techniques or whatever. But for me, I just knew I needed to suck it up and do the work. I needed to count calories and go out for walks.
I'm tired of positioning children or items in front of me for pictures...
Or cropping pictures for that matter!
My sweet friend, Kassie, is also on this journey. We are almost side by side when it come to weight loss numbers, so that makes it fun. I mean...as fun as two competitive people can make it. :)
I would like to be halfway to my goal by April and done by August. I'm not sure how that will work with bridesmaid dress fittings, but we'll do what we can!
Encouragement from friends.
This is my current weight loss plan.