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.
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 sense 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.