Saturday, January 31, 2009

Something seems to be working!

Well, I haven't exercised this week... just not there yet, and it's hard to get into things with Hubby gone. But, I have really watched what I eat, and it has payed off! I am down to 183lbs!!! All I have really done is try to cut down on certain snacks, and drink more water and tea. It makes me feel good to realize that I am doing something right, and gives me more motivation to keep going.

Only 48lbs more to go!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A little background

I don't know why I am finding it so hard to get back into a good routine of exercise, and eating well???? I know it's not easy, but I don't remember it ever being quite this hard... it's usually keeping it going for any real length of time that I have problems with.

Today, though, I am doing well eating wise! Even though I am hungry right now, I am resisting, as well as drinking water instead.

Okay... enough about excuses, here's some reasons and explanations of what I want. History first.

Until I got married 12 years ago, I never had a weight problem. In fact, for a long time I would say that I was underweight! During high school, and until I was around 21, I weighed around 110lbs... which is not much when you are 5'5". I danced (Ballet, Jazz, Tap) from age 6, until I was 16, typically 6 nights a week. This is one reason I was so thin, always moving, and not much time for food. When I stopped dancing, it was a few years before I started to gain weight.

By the time I was around 21, I was probably around 125lbs, which was a wonderful weight for me. I was confident, happy, and healthy. I met my Hubby when I was 22, and married him 4 months later. I believe I was around 130-135lbs when we tied the knot. It was not hubby's fault that I gained weight, but just circumstances. I really did not know him well at the time, and had moved 2000kms away from my friends and family to be with him!!! I was living way up North, it was very, very cold, I didn't really know my new husband, didn't have a job yet, and found solace in snacking and watching TV.

Within 6 months I had put on around 20lbs, and over the next 7 years I managed to add another 30lbs. Then of course we had our 3 children within 3.5 years. Obviously this didn't help matters, in some ways made it worse... I gained between 50 and 60lbs with each pregnancy, which of course has left me with stretch marked skin that I don't always feel comfortable in.

Now for where I want to be....

I would be ecstatic to be at 135lbs again, it was a wonderful weight for me, not heavy or light, with just the right curves. I want to be there before the end of the year... so I need to lose 50lbs over the next 11 months, a fairly attainable goal.

The following is my biggest obstacles.

  • I find that my children exhaust me by the end of the day.
  • It isn't always easy to eat properly when I also have to feed three kids, clean up after them, and keep the house clean, especially when hubby is away.
  • It doesn't help matters when Hubby buys snack food for himself, especially things that I like.
My Reasons for losing this weight.
  • I want to have the energy, and ability to keep up with my 3 boys.
  • We plan to move to the Mediterranean, and I don't want to feel self conscious in a bathing suit.
  • I want to wear clothes in a single digit size!
Some of my excuses seem pretty lame when I type them out like this!!! With Hubby gone these next few weeks, I will concentrate more on my eating than exercise. When he comes back I will have more energy to work on exercise... right now it is all I can do to get through each day with the boys.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Still not well..

Still have this cold, although today I actually feel a little more human. I'm really hoping it is all cleared up tomorrow, then I can arrange child care for the week, and make it to the gym. I will also need to make use of what I have here at home...

I am setting up a schedule for the boys this week (to get ready for homeschooling them, and myself taking some courses), and I should probably incorporate my workouts into it... those that I can at least. For workouts at home, I have an elliptical, hand weights, yoga ball, and some video's. This is more than enough that if I can't make it to the gym, I can still get a decent workout in.

I will post my schedule when I sort it all out.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

It figures...

Hubby and the boys have passed their lovely cold onto me!!!! It started late last night with a sore throat, and now my head is pounding. I just want a chance to get things together and lose this weight! Now I will spend the next few days just trying to survive the boys while I feel like crap.. which means eating whatever is available, and hanging out on the couch.

Let's just hope it is over quick and I don't have too much housework to do when it's over. And did I mention that while I am down here, hubby is still upstairs sleeping away... yah, tomorrow I am taking the day off!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Not going so well yet...

It's 20 days into this New Year, and I can't say that things are going all that well! I did get to the gym twice last week, although this week hasn't worked out so far. I also didn't get downstairs to my elliptical as I have been getting some lovely AF cramps... urgh!

Not sure what direction I need to take, but I know it needs to be easy transitions if I want to stick to it. I will think tonight of a goal for the rest of this week... most likely water!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

It's going...

Well, I still have a long way to go, but at least yesterday (most of it) I did better eating wise. The biggest issue was the evening snacking, that really needs to stop. So, my goal for the rest of this week is....

No Evening Snacking (after 8pm)

Other than that, not too much I can do this week. I have bunch of housework that can only be done during the evenings, it should ease up by next week to allow me some exercise time.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Here I go again...

It has been 2 full years since I took a serious stab at losing weight. The scary/sad part is that I am about the same weight now as I was then. Yes, I did have another child, so that has contributed to the weight coming back, but I still feel upset. I am not extremely overweight, but do have more pounds on my body than I should.

I will be starting off slow, as I don't want to get burned out. The biggest things for this first week will be cutting down on portions, and trying to eat healthier. I am also going to be incorporating more water into my daily routine, it is seriously lacking right now.

So, now for the scary reveal.... this first day of my last weight loss journey is...

185 lbs

Let's see how far I get this year!