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So here’s the thing. I have been overweight since I was 10 years old. That’s a lot of years–17+ in fact, since I am on the quick track to my 28th birthday. (Gasp. That number sounds so much like 30. Yikes.)
From elementary school on, my life has been littered with dieting and dropping and gaining. Heartache over being unable to shed the extra pounds. Knowledge that I thought should work and didn’t. And even some ephedrine (oops).
About a week and a half ago, I watched the first episode of this season’s Biggest Loser on our cable demand station. Then I watched another episode. And another. I found I couldn’t watch the episodes while sitting on the couch–I had to get up and walk with them!
Despite the hilarious product placement and the fact that is IS an entertainment show and they treat it as such, I found it really inspiring. I watched every episode of this season with a week.
And for some reason, for the first time in my life, I feel like I really could lose weight and be healthy. The switch to eating more whole foods has helped. I find I am actually full longer from eating whole grains, protein, and lots of fruit and veggies. Who woulda thunk it?
Becoming a SAHM has also helped me. I don’t just sit at my desk and eat from boredom. I can only eat what’s in my house unless I make a real concerted effort to leave (and with packing up the baby, that’s too much effort just to get Sonic. Most days!).
And lastly, being a mother has changed my mindset completely. Did I ever think I would be an extended breastfeeding advocate, cloth diaperer, whole foods eater? Not a chance. But I want the absolute best for Libbie and I don’t want her to deal with this struggle I’ve battled my entire life. One specific Biggest Loser scene really challenged me ever further to set an example for her–I can’t just teach her what I know, I have to live it out.
So for the next 10 weeks, Ashleigh, Mary, and I are going to host this sort-competition we call “Losing It (Not Just Our Sanity)”! While we won’t be sharing our specific weights, we will be sharing how we have met our health goals each week and be challenging you to set goals for yourself and link up each week! (The link-up will be at Giving Up on Perfect, but you’ll be able to click over from here if you’d like.) We WILL be sharing percentage of body weight lost.
I think it’s a great opportunity to hold each other accountable for reaching those healthy goals–and losing some weight along the way! Here are the goals I’ll be trying to reach each week:
- Drink water. Maximum of one soft drink a week.
- Exercise or reach 10,000 steps five times a week.
- Avoid processed foods and stick to whole grains.
- My short-term goal is to lose 31 pounds. That’s not likely to happen in 10 weeks, but I’ll try to give it a good jumpstart!
Did I mention there are prizes? Anyone who links up six of the ten weeks will be eligible to win a six-month subscription to The Six O’Clock Scramble, a meal planning service; a Weight Watchers pedometer; and a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods. The winner? The person who loses the biggest percentage of body weight! We assume you’ll be honest … because we’re going to be all out there.
Good luck! Go over to Giving Up on Perfect and link up your healthful goals for this competition!