So this is new to my blog. This blog at least. I have had more than my fair share of 'getting healthy' blogs over the years, but none of them have lasted.
It's something I've struggled to share, and I'm not sure why. It's not as if I can hide the fact that, obviously, I do need to get in shape. I suppose I feel sometimes if I don't talk about it, nobody will notice. It's something I can hide away to myself from the rest of the world. The only issue with keeping it to yourself, is the issue of accountability. And that is something I've never really had.
I can tell you, when I saw a weigh in post over at Colletta's Kitchen Sink, I was so super excited! I've reached out to people before to begin a weekly weigh-in posting to no avail. So when I asked and she said yes she would love to link up together, I was ecstatic!!!! Coming from a Mommy who has no time at all to attend weight watchers meetings, this is like a dream come true! I'm circling this group with prayer, that it could be the accountability that we all need, and that all the right people will join in with love and support, so that we can all *finally* reach those goals that I know I've been fighting for for awhile now!! So I will be posting every Saturday, along with some friends at her amazing blog!! I so hope some of you will join!!!
Because this is my first weekly weigh-in, I feel compelled to tell you a little of my story. This will have to suffice as my "before" photos. These photos are very rare, because I'm never in pictures... but here they are!
This is a family photo week took on the way to Disney this past year. I'm the one all the way to the right of the photo, in the green shirt, standing next to my Dad.
And a photo of me on Mothers day with my beautiful children. I'm so grateful for them, and want to be my best for them!
I've basically been overweight most of my adult life. I never really regained my figure after my boys were born. By then, I was in my late twenties, a steady homeschooler and stay-at-home Mom. I'm very thankful for my life, but in all honesty, I've put myself on the backburner now for years and years. I need to lose about 50 lbs to be in a healthy weight range. I've carried an extra 50 lbs for years now. At this moment, I weigh the most I have ever weighed, and am twelve lbs heavier than I was at the peak of my heaviest during pregnancy.
It's been a struggle to say the least. Two years ago I had to have my gallbladder removed the week before Christmas. Also, for the past four years, I've struggled with high blood pressure after being induced at 37 weeks with my youngest son. It's been a huge struggle, and I've met it mostly by ignoring it. That is something I simply cannot do any longer. I'm 33 years old, and I've spent most of my adult life overweight. I need to enjoy being young, and get this off once and for all!
Sadly enough, I have been paying for, and not using weight watchers now for over a year. I'm ashamed to say I've had a weight loss tool that has been so useful, and have not utilized it at all. So, here are my plans, to get in shape, and become a better me!
1) TRACK, track track!
I have the weight watchers app on my phone to no avail. I don't think I've tracked a complete week since I began on the program last year! Its an easy to use program if you can commit to it, so I just have to track... no matter what.
2) Begin my Make Over your Mornings Course again
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I started this program in a different blog and wrote about my progress. It was a HUGE game-changer for me. However, summer came and I got lazy, and stopped getting up early and being successful. The thing is this though, if I don't get up before my kids get out of bed, I will chase that time to workout for the rest of the day and never catch it. I absolutely need time in the morning to have my quiet time and workout, or I'm not going to get it. So this week I want to start this course, because honestly just doing the course gives me motivation to get out of bed to do the course before my day starts. Hopefully I can take some time and blog about my progress as well! This is important to beginning a healthier life, is taking the morning time to make myself a priority. Otherwise, it probably isn't going to happen!
3) Workout, each morning.
I feel so much better if I take the time time to work out. I've gotta work on this routine, and at the end of the week, I'll hopefully have the routine nailed down enough to share!
4) QUIT softdrinks/caffeine for good
Not only are softdrinks lethal to my waistline, caffeine is horrible for my blood pressure. I significantly cut down my intake this week, and hopefully by the end of the week, I can stop. I'm working hard on this, so I'll let you know next weekend how it went this week!!
5) Understand that I am wonderful just how I am, but that God can give me the strength to be better
I think that all success stories start with someone learning to love themselves. God loves us where we are, just as we are. There's no reason we should not do the same!
I'm praying for all of you this week who are joining in the linkup! And I'm excited to share this journey with you!!!