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And my topic for this year? WEIGHT LOSS.
This was also last year's topic, but I managed to gain weight while blogging about losing weight (oops) so we are proclaiming this the do-over!
I struggled with whether or not I wanted to try and attempt this again. I mean, last year was kind of a mess! But, I feel like I'm in a much different place (literally and emotionally) and I'm actually really pumped to try this again.
I mean, what have I got to lose? Ya know, other than ALL THE WEIGHT that is WEIGHING ME DOWN.
I did start this post off lighthearted and fun. But, all kidding aside, my weight is a major frustration as well as an issue that causes me a lot of heartache. It's something I think about all the time, and would love nothing more than to be rid of it. If wanting was all it took, I would have lost all my weight a hundred times over. I'm an emotional eater...in the worst way. And, not only does my weight physically hold me back from some things (like running and skinny jeans) but I let it hold me back from pretty much everything. That is no way to live. THIS is no way to live.
So, I'm challenging myself to do something about it for the next 31 days. I know last year I didn't really put my heart into it. I just sort of went through the motions, often pulling a post together last minute. This year, I'm a bit more determined. I'm setting goals and I will work like crazy to achieve them. Hopefully, that will be the spark that I have needed for so long. And, if it's the spark you need too? Well then all the more reason to do this.
I can't guarantee that I will lose weight over the next 31 days. I know it's possible and that I'm certainly capable of doing so. If I'm being completely honest, I would love to lose about 20 pounds this month. But, what I'm really going to do is focus on the steps. One foot in front of the other (literally and figuratively!). I'm confident that if I do the work, the weight will come off.
I admit, I'm a little scared to share all of this. There is definitely a comfort in hiding behind the computer screen. But, hiding has only ever caused me to gain weight. And unfortunately, I'm at he point where there is no hiding that.
Of course, I don't want this to be all serious and solemn. So I will be sure to throw in some fun stuff along the way!
Each week, I will share a list of things I want to accomplish for the week. And starting next week, I will be doing a weekly "Weigh In Wednesday" post. If you want to join in with that, I would love it!
Basically, I'll be sharing most aspects of my journey for the next 31 days, starting with an introduction to my "weight story" tomorrow. I'll talk more about my plan for weight loss as well as sharing my food journal and some healthy (and delicious!) recipes. I'll share my workout playlist (I have lots of these, which is weird, because I don't actually work out!... but that is about to change). And lots of other fun things like goals, rewards, and sources of inspiration.
I'm really so excited to be doing this. And, if you made it through this epic post and decide you want to come back and follow my journey? Well thank you!!!
MY GOALS FOR THE WEEK (10/1 :: 10/7)
Work out 3x
Drink 88 ounces (min) of water everyday
2 Fruit (min) and 2 Veggie (min) everyday
Track all food/activity
Take before pictures and measurements
Go to my WW meeting (Tuesday nights)
Cook 4 meals at home (we are so bad about this)
Make rewards list (more on this soon!)
Daily to-do lists (I need a list to be productive!)