Getting real and coming clean about weight-loss

This post is a long time coming and truth be told I’m scared to push the publish button.

Scared because I know it’s time for me to get real about my weight-loss goals, and come clean on the blog, because that’s what this is all about.
It’s no secret that I had a baby and with that came some weight gain. Yes, I ran and then walked for the majority of my pregnancy but the weight gain still ended up being more than I wanted. As a result I have a relatively large amount of weight I want/need to lose in order to feel and look my best (in my own eyes, no one elses). The only person who I have shared this number with has been my husband.

Until now.

I know part of the process is to be 100 percent honest and up front. How else am I going to share my journey with you all if I’m not, right? I also believe that it will be easier if I have a place to share the joys and frustrations that will come with it all, and that place is here.

So back to that number.

Four years ago, at our wedding, I felt great and like I was in the best shape of my life. In order to get back to that place (at least on the scale) I will need to lose 60 lbs. In order to get to my ideal weight (at least what I think my ideal weight is because I may arrive there sooner at a completely different number) I need to lose an additional 20 lbs.

That’s 80 lbs total.

I know the number on the scale is not the be all to end all, which is why I will also use measurements, the fit of my clothes, improvements in my running/fitness, and before & after photos to help measure my success.

The first set of before pictures were taken on September 15 and let me tell you they were not pretty. The only great thing about them is the fact that I had just gotten back from a run so I’m covered in sweat and in my running clothes. No, I will not be sharing these pictures just yet, but if you stick with me I guarantee you will see them in the future.

We all have to start somewhere and this is my beginning. As scary as it is to open up like this I know it is the only way I am going to successful. Part of me is ashamed by my weight gain and in a senseĀ  always felt like if I didn’t mention it on the blog than it didn’t really exist. Well, it does exist and now it is time to really buckle down and do something about it.

In an effort to not get caught up in the overall goal I am going to take it one day at a time, one meal at a time. I know I can eat clean and move for one day.

Just one day.

Once that day is over then a new day starts and I will have the same approach: it’s just one day. One day closer to the new me. One day that I can be proud to blog about.

I also feel an important part of the process, at least in the early stages, is going to be for me to blog about each day as it happens. I’ve never really been a daily recap type of blogger but with everything in life I feel we have to go with what works best for our current situation. So every evening, once the kids are in bed, I will blog about the ups and downs of the day.

Not everything will be weight-loss related though since I’m about to embark on another journey. A journey that will see me run a full marathon in May 2013. A journey that will go hand-in-hand with getting into the best shape of my life. Training will officially start at the beginning of October once my first 10K (post-baby) is under my belt.

If you don’t hear from me one day please do me a favour and call me out on it.

Thanks for listening.

Until tomorrow…

Comments

  1. Awesome, that’s great for you! I’m glad that you have taken your courage up and decided to write this post. You are this much closer to getting the body you want! You can do it, and I can FEEL that you will be able to do this! Good luck and looking forward to reading more! :)

  2. You got this girl! Thanks for being so awesome and opening up like this! xoxo

  3. I really admire your honesty in sharing this. I can imagine how hard it is but I think that you have such a great perspective. It is just one day at a time. You will get there and I think that it’s so helpful to be able to share your experience.

  4. You are very brave in sharing with the universe your goals. You have the power to do this. Go get it! :)

  5. I know how hard a first post like this can be. Major props for taking control and putting your goals down for us to read and cheer you on. (super proud of you!) I know it will be no time at all when you’ll see big changes in your photos and show us how far you’ve come.

    PS please definitely plan a trip home to the Maritimes when we can all run together! (such a fun goal!)

  6. You can do this!!! You have already taken the step to set your goals and make them known! Just take it one step at a time and you will get there!!!

  7. When we look at the big picture we can often feel defeated from the get go. How did this happen? Why didnt I do something sooner? Why does this (insert food here) tastes so dang good but is so dang bad for me?

    80 pounds is a lot to lose. Meegan and I both know what that kind of loss feels like at the beginning. You already know not to look at the big picture. You already know to break it down into achievable goals (I prefer saying I achieved 12 weight loss goals at 5 pound increments rather than 1 goal of 110 pounds).

    Two babies is a lot on your proverbial plate. It will be a slow journey but one you can enjoy every second as you re-teach your body (and mind) to live healthy as it deserves as well as teach those beautiful little ones who will learn from their big people.

    You know how to reach us if you need anything.

    Xoxo
    T

    • Thanks so much Tara! Being healthy for the little ones is a big motivator. I want them to grow up knowing that healthy living in the norm. You and Meegan are huge inspirations to me and I will definitely be in touch – especially once marathon training begins :)

  8. big hugs and promises of LOVING NUDGES coming from Texas.

  9. Girl that was so brave of you to share. And seriously, YOU GOT THIS!! We’re all going to be cheering you on!

  10. You got this! Take it one day at a time and be patient with yourself :)

  11. I was going to say what Tara said as far as the big picture being very intimidating. You can do it…one day at a time. :)

  12. Wow! You are so brave to put this all out on the table. Just know we will all be here to support you through the ups & the downs! :)

  13. Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to follow your progress. I still have 40 lbs to lose and have lost 28 since my son was born. It is possible and if you ever need someone to vent to I am here!

  14. so proud of you sweetie .you can do it .lets plan lots of walks together when I come out Clean eating sounds good to me You can teach me a few things
    MOM

  15. One day at a time. You’re stronger than you think! You’ve got this. You can do this and we’re here to encourage you the whole way.

  16. Thanks for sharing. You are so brave, and I totally understand, just take it one day at a time….

  17. WAY TO GO!!! Sometimes I think putting our biggest scariest goals out there is the best way to get going. I’ll be cheering you on!! Weight loss is both so easy and so hard, I know for me it was about finding small consistent changes rather than overhauling my life all at once.

  18. I know that you can be successful with your goals. As a mom myself I know what it is like to have the weight creep up to where you don’t want it to. I am here for you, can’t wait to go through this journey with you :)

  19. I’m so excited for you…and for your accountability. You can do it!

  20. Jenny, the weight is all about producing and nurturing a healthy baby girl. You grow, prepare and eat good food. You love to run. The weight loss will come. Enjoy those walks with Lincoln and Teagan, and try not to think about the eventual number – one step at a time. Your family and friends love you and support you.

  21. really great post, jenny. your blog always inspires me to get up and get moving. keep at it girl!

  22. You are such a beautiful person Jenny, xoxoxo

  23. Great site. Plenty of useful info here. I’m sending it to several pals ans additionally sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you for your sweat!

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