These past few weeks have gone quickly! The holidays, and all the festivities that go with them, are upon us. So many temptations and so many excuses not to do a workout. I need to get the tree decorated, I need to buy groceries for such and such special holiday care package, I can have “just one” chocolate covered, calorie ridden, non-nutritious holiday “treat.” Sound familiar?
I have had to really focus these past few weeks. I’ve tried to focus on the upcoming celebration of Christ’s birth instead of all the commercialism our society places on Christmas. I’ve tried to focus on making healthy food choices when I really want to “splurge” (I know that if I give into a splurge another will quickly follow). I’ve tried to focus on getting my workouts in, even if they have to be at 10 pm. It’s been hard. I’ve had some fumbles (Ah, those Pecan Delights are SOOO tasty!). I’ve had some successes (I’ve stayed within my calorie allowance most days).
I lost 1.2 pounds! I am over the moon happy that. In the past, I have gained weight from Thanksgiving through New Years Eve. The last few years, I’ve gained about 5 pounds each holiday season (if you do the math, this is around a pound a week). Not this year! The fact that I’ve LOST a total of 3.8 pounds since Thanksgiving means I am reversing a trend! That’s something I can smile about. 🙂
A former mentor of mine, Ed Foreman, once taught me that we change when the pain to change is less than the pain to remain the same. I have thought of this quote often and, currently, I am at that tipping point. Missing out on being the mother & wife that I envision in my head is far more painful than eating right and exercising more.
So, here I am. I am a few years shy of my 30th birthday. My cholesterol and blood pressure are medically unremarkable as are my sugar levels (Thank God). I am roughly 70 pounds away from my personal goal weight (A few years ago, I would have had to confess to being 115 pounds away. Thankfully, through a lot of hard work, I lost 75 pounds before gaining a bit during pregnancy). I am getting back into exercise after a year long hiatus. Like most new mothers, I struggle to balance my personal time, motherhood and sleep.
Why this blog? A little over a year ago my hubby, then 3 week old son and I moved half way across the country to a place where we had no friends, no family… just a job. As a result, my support network in real life consists of only my husband. I am starting my journey here, online, because I need to connect with others. I need to share my ups, downs, plateaus, setbacks and successes.
Why now? On November 25th, 2012, I started my countdown. The goal: 248 days to my goal weight. This is a little less than 2 pound per week, on average. 248 days sounds beyond daunting. So, I decided to break it down into 4 phases of 62 days each. My Facebook friends have been so supportive of my daily status reports, but I want a place to tell more that what I did, ate and how I felt each day. I want to share the journey.
Here I go!