Feeling better

weight 184.6 lbs

01/16/10

I am feeling better today, thanks to a lot of sleep.  I think I was fighting off something.  My sinuses are acting up, so that was probably the cause.  Today I am going outside to run….its finally warmed up here.  I weighed yesterday and am down another 1.4 lbs.  I also put the jeans back on….still not a pretty sight to see.  I think those jeans are better than any scale.  There is something about putting on clothes that used to fit you that is  eye opening.  The scale is just a number, abstract.  Clothes are real, concrete, and have memories attached.  On the upside, I can get them almost all the way up, and walk around in them.  I just can’t fasten them.

Water water

So I weighed in today and have lost 3 lbs in one week.  Realistically, I know that is mostly water.  In reading my new fat loss bible…I realize that I have been retaining water and chronically dehydrated.  So, this week I started drinking more water, and consequently using the bathroom A LOT!  Apparently it has paid off!  I have also been watching my calories and tracking with Sparkpeople.  It helped that I was off work for 2 days last week, so I could really focus on eating right, with very few temptations.  Today, its back to work and lunches out.  Let’s hope my headstart will help me stay on track.

I will not be posting a picture every week.  I will post the jeans picture every 2 weeks, but will post weight weekly.  Todays weight, 186 lbs.

Posting my Fat Picture

Not just another New Years Resolution!!!!

Starting point, ground zero

Hello, and welcome to my first blog for 40by40!  I am not totally new to the blogging thing, but this is my first jump into a public blog for all the world to see.  What better way to get some accountability and some humor into my life!!!  Like many of you, I have set a goal for this year to lose weight.  Not just any goal, though.  I will turn 40 this time next year, 2011….and I want to lose 40 lbs by the time I turn 40.  That is 3.3 lbs per month, which is attainable, yet challenging for me.  A little about me….

Without revealing ALL the details, I am a 39-year-old female who has struggled with my weight most of my life.  I was never what you would call fat or obese as a child, but I have always carried extra weight.  I have never been “little, tiny, and cute”…at least not since the age of 5.  As I hit my 30s, I started carrying even more extra baggage, about 60 lbs extra.  In the past year and a half, I have made some progress, dropping about 20 lbs.  However, I figure this is the year to make it the rest of the way.  I am not getting any younger, and the numbers seem to match up….so 40by40 was born!!!

The ultimate accountability is posting your fat picture for all to see.  I  posted a picture of me in my goal jeans.  I bought these jeans a few years back, when I was doing the “low carb” thing….and was at my skinniest for my 30s.  They are the low rider type, size 14.  I know that still sounds big….but they are really probably a 12.  Right now, I wear between a 14 and 16, depending on brand.  My goal is to make these jeans too big for me!!!

I plan to use this blog to document my progress, and to bring some humor to the situation that I know is not going to be funny most of the time.  I started back on “the wagon” this week, and I am already hungry.  I get cranky when I’m hungry, so watch out!