Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Look Great in 2008 Challenge

Yesterday was the first day to sign in to the Tales from the Scales Challenge but I'm sure they'll forgive me for being a bit late!

I'll continue the weekly weigh ins and scales tales posts now that the new challenge has started. I like that this challenge starts in September and doesn't end until after New Year's. That takes away the whole "New Year's Resolution" which I normally fail. The other thing that is cool about Tales is the support from others who play along. It's comforting(in a sick & twisted way) to know that other people are struggling with their weight! All kidding aside, I thoroughly enjoy and am inspired by reading their weekly posts. I will do better about leaving encouraging comments this time around. So many encouraging words have come my way and it's time to reciprocate!

Yes, I did lose some weight during the May Day challenge! I had lost a few pounds before it ever started as well. However, if I'm being honest, the last time around the weigh ins kept me from gaining more than anything else. SO, rather than just continuing on, I want to start over with this challenge. Try harder. Be stronger.

I've been thinking about what my weight "issues" are.
  1. I don't like to eat healthy. I just don't. I like junk food, I'm not gonna lie!
  2. I don't drink enough water. Sometimes I go for weeks without drinking a drop.
  3. Exercise. I can take it or leave it. I don't hate it, but given the choice, I won't do it.
  4. I'm seriosly addicted to regular sodas, especially Coke.
  5. I don't hold myself accountable. I KNOW I should track what I eat, but I don't.
  6. I'm not an overly positive person. I tend to see the bad first and get hung up on it.
So there we have it. I' could probably come up with a few more roadblocks if I really thought about it, but in the interest of becoming more positive, I'll stop here. So I know what my major hangups are. What do I need to do lose weight?

Ummm... Try this...
  1. Eat healthier! You like fruit, right? Start there and move on to veggies a little at a time!
  2. Fix yourself a glass of water everyday in that huge WW mug of yours and drink it...twice! Just twice and you're at the recommended amount of H2O for the day!
  3. Do not let exercise be an option. Just Do It!
  4. Write down what you eat!
  5. Stop drinking regular cokes! Just suck it up and drink the diet stuff..or WATER!
  6. Quit being so stinkin' negative! Focus on how much better you'll feel 37 pounds from now!
I feel I should tell you that I don't normally talk to myself...

Anyhow, those are my goals. Just six little things. Shouldn't be that difficult, right? As far as a targeted amount of weight loss for this challenge, I think if I stick to the list above, I should be able to lose at least 16 pounds by the Jan. date. If I can lose more, hey, that'd be great! 16 pounds is about a pound per week, if I counted the weeks correctly. As much as I'd like the weight to fall off, I know that if it comes off slowly I'm more likely to keep it off . Now if we're talking big picture, I'd like to be 62 pounds thinner than I am in the horrid before-before shot you're about to see. I'm not one to cry over being fat. I figure I made myself this way with bad eating habits(ironic that I'm about to feed my face in that picture)and a lack of exercise. Still, this picture nearly makes me want to cry(nearly, but not). I was FAT!!! OK, I'm STILL fat, but good grief! Put me in a red suit and I could've passed for Santa last Christmas!
As a reminder of my progress thus far and to gauge progress for the NEW challenge, I'm posting my before pic for this challenge as an after from the last! It's not a huge difference, but it is a difference and it shows that I am capable of losing weight! Hopefully by January, I'll see some real progress.

Good luck to everyone participating in the challenge! IF you want to get in on the action, read some great articles and motivational postings then head on over to Tales from the Scales!
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Betty said...

You GO girl!! You've come a long way and you can definitely keep it up! My hubs and I did the math - if you just switch all your regular Cokes to Diet and do nothing else at all, you'll lose 16lbs in a year - and on Biggest Loser last night they said there were 7 tablespoons of sugar in ONE coke!! Hope that helps motivate you to kick them - good luck to you on the challenge and thanks for stopping by!

Lisa Kay said...

I'm joining for the fall, too.

Best wishes!
Lisa Kay

Mama Bear June said...

Wow, darlin'! You have made GREAT progress and look nothing close to Santa even before. I mean, really. Silly goose! I just bought the Abs Diet for Women book and it's wonderful. Great foods to eat and once a week you can eat anything you want so you can get your junk food fix. He says you can lose 20 pounds in 6 weeks and I am going for it!

Forget the diet coke (nasty stuff, so bad for you!), go to WATER! Just do it! Several years ago I had to quit caffeine (fibrous cysts in my breasts are aggravated by caffeine) and I was a BIG coffee and Coke drinker. I also went vegetarian, started drinking lots of water and my skin cleared up plus I lost about 60 pounds in less than a year. I was walking some but not a lot of regular exercise.

You CAN do this. You've got some great goals. I'll be here cheering you on. :-)
Path to Health

Mel said...

You rock and look awesome. What a difference. Hopefully we will become losers together during this next challenge. It sounds like we have some of the same roadblocks, but I know we can hurdle over them. Good luck with the first weigh in!!!

Kellie said...

Thanks Ya'll! I'm really gonna try and stick it out this time around and not beat myself up those weeks that I slip up a bit! Good Luck to us all!

Paige said...

Good for you! You look super cute in your after/before picture.

Scott and Jackie Newman said... look so good! We're very proud of you! Keep it up! You're gorgeous!

Not sure how we missed all of these posts....I think we were on our trip then.