Saturday, September 8, 2012

Weight update

To give a little background into my weight ups and downs, I was always skinny when I was growing up. Of course, I never saw myself as skinny. What is it with women and our crazy body image issues? Anyway, after my first daughter was born I lost the baby weight pretty easily. Four years later when I had my second daughter, it was a different story. I ended up gaining 50 pounds with Cordie (and a lot of stretch marks) so the weight was a lot harder to lose. Add to that having two more babies in the next three years and my weight just kept creeping up there. I topped out around 175-180 and have pretty much stayed there for the past 10 years.

About 5 or 6  years ago, I joined Slim-4-Life and ended up losing about 20 pounds. The whole system is a crock, though. You have to follow a very restrictive diet, plus you have to buy the diet supplements, bars and shakes. They pull you in with promises of it being very inexpensive, but I spent a lot more money on that program than I should have. Plus, I gained all that weight back.

Pic of me after losing the weight with my Dad and sister, Rachel 
So in June of this year, I made a commitment to myself to actually get up off my ass and lose this weight. It isn't going to get any easier as the years go by and I don't want to be fat when I turn 40. My goal is to lose about 45-ish pounds. I would like to get down to 135. When I first started tracking everything, my weight was 179 and in the first month, I lost a total of 11 pounds. Since the end of July, I have hovered between 166 and 168. I've been plateaued for over a month now! Beyond frustrating. I am renewing my commitment to get this weight off of me. I want to be able to sign up for and actually run and finish a 5K without walking. I do want to give a shout out to Mama Laughlin because it was her blog that inspired me to get this whole thing started.

I need to pick a specific day of the week to do my weigh-in instead of stepping on the scale every day, so I can be held accountable for myself and for anyone else who reads this. I need to get this last 30 lbs off of me! Here are my progression pics so far. Once I get down to 159, I'll be sure to post some more. Please excuse the dirty mirror and the darkness of the second photos.

179 lbs
179 lbs
169 lbs
169 lbs