As I sat here fighting off the urge to eat something after I’d already had dinner, I decided that since 20 people liked my status on Facebook about starting a blog that I might as well start one. The above picture is me walking today, and while I’m smiling, I’m hoping that I can actually make it the 2 miles that I have planned.
Four years ago, I began walking more and eating less and worked up to 4 miles every other day. I felt great and looked good. But life happened. Again. I eventually re-gained the weight, stopped exercising as much, and then got a new job where I don’t get home until 6:00 p.m. And I’m NOT a morning person. Getting up early to exercise will never happen. I have gained and lost weight all of my life, but at this stage of the game (almost 50), I am concerned as much about my health as I am about my looks.
The weight really started pouring on about 2 months ago and I don’t know why. I don’t feel like I’ve changed my eating habits and I’ve actually started walking more. But after a little breakdown yesterday, I decided that I have to make a serious change in my habits.
I saw an Instagram post from a college-aged friend who looks great and is getting more fit every day. When she loses weight, she takes off a numbered tab from her board. That idea appealed to me because it is visible evidence that I’ve lost weight. Thanks, Meg, for the idea. So this is my starting point. Each of those numbers represents a pound. And I plan to lose 20 pounds by June 7 – the date of my cousin’s wedding in West Virginia.
I thought that perhaps if I started this blog that you all would help keep me accountable. Kinda like our own online Weight Watchers. And if you want to lose weight and eat healthier, I will help you stay accountable, too. And I’ll try to encourage you. At the beginning of my second mile today, when I wondered if I should just head home, one of the teens from my youth group commented on the picture above that I had posted on Instagram, telling me that I was pretty. That got me through my second mile. Thanks, Nikki!
Words and thoughts are powerful. I hope I can encourage you. Please let me know your story.
Healthy meal of the day: Harvest Salad by Dole with Fajita Chicken pieces (Tyson frozen). Easy and yummy!
“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” Robert Urich