One of my two posters I made to see while showering each day–its corny but, um, I’m kinda corny so it works out well for me. (grin)
I did something new today. Something radical. I joined a Facebook accountability challenge group to get fit, lose weight, and eat “clean”. I’m assuming that means I wash my fruits and veggies more throughly! (grin) Anyway, in this group, I do one of the Beachbody dvds (I chose “Insanity”), eat healthier, and post about what I did (or did NOT do). We were asked to post to the group introducing and telling the other’s a little about ourselves–this was my post:
“Hey y’all! I’m Lori and I’m a sugar addict/sweat avoider. (Hiiiiii Lori!) haha that’s always how I imagined it would go anyway! Today the most exercise I’ve done is walk to the door to answer FedEx, but my heart rate definitely was elevated because I was afraid it was the Insanity DVDs I ordered yesterday. Yeah. So….I have a long, long way to go. Three-and -a-half-years ago, I was a far cry from ever having been overweight and pretty active, but at 39.5 years, I started packing on pounds. Eight pounds here, five pounds there, until I now weigh a whopping 38 pounds more! I’ve trained for and ran a 5k, tried the gym two different sets of times, hired a trainer, changed my eating, changed it again, and again, all to no avail. My fat really, really likes me! But, it’s an unwanted houseguest and I’m kicking it to the curb! Tomorrow, though. Tonight I’m tired and need a hamburger.”
I decided to post my journey on my blog and invite anyone else along who was ready to be less of a woman or man. If I’m going to be a bigger person, I want it to be intellectually, spiritually, emotionally–I’m tired of it being my dress size. The path I’m on right now is to obesity, diabetes, heart congestion-that has to change! If I die young I want people to say at my funeral, “But she took SUCH good care of herself!” My body is a gift that was given to me directly from God, and I have been treating it like it was worthless, not important, second-hand. This has got to end. And so it will. Right now. (I finished the hamburger.)
Here is my game plan:
1. Move a LOT more. “Insanity” is a 60 day challenge, but the Facebook group I joined is a 90 day challenge. This is just motivation/inspiration for me though–I’m changing my life, not dieting. I know “Insanity” isn’t something that I would do long term for fitness, but my metabolism has apparently lost its way, so I’m using this program to give it a jumpstart moving in the right direction again. Once I’m at a healthier weight and my metabolism is active again, I will walk/run with my husband, ride bikes with my kids, beat them in Wii dance competitions, and my all-time favorite, hike with the fam.
2. Change my self-talk. “I’m an athelete.” “I’m good at this!” “I think sweating is sexy.” ewww. I’ll get there…
3. Be dedicated, but not obsessed. The love of my life is Jesus–my family is next. Those are the places my mind/spirit/energy should spend the majority of the time. I know it will take a lot of energy and brain power to stop this overweight locomotive from going in one direction and haul its big butt (literally) in the opposite direction, but I want so badly to be able to do it and somehow not let it become all I think about.
4. Lose the sugar worship. Seriously–you have never met a sugar-aholic until you’ve met me. For heaven’s sake, I wrote a letter to the Krispy Kreme corporation when I was in college asking them to come to Starkville, MS because my roommate brought me a dozen back from a concert one night. It was 3 a.m. and my sugar rush kept me from sleeping, so I got up and wrote a letter. For real.
5. Water. Drink it. Lots.
6. Celebrate short goals. My first goal is 8 pounds away–I’m getting a massage. Every 5 pounds after that I get a treat–a pedicure, a Vera Bradley tote I’ve been wanting, a weekend getaway with my honey. The BIG ONE is a shopping spree for new clothes and family pictures done. I have put off having family pictures done for 3 years because I didn’t want THIS version of me documented. I will regret this one day in the not too distant future–while I was busy obsessing, my children were busy changing and growing before my eyes. In fact, in 4 months from this very day, we will be moving my oldest daughter into her dorm room. *gasp* There are so many far more important things in life than worrying about how you look.
7. Denial is growth–each time I say “no” to something sweet or “yes” to working out when I don’t want to, I move that much closer in the direction of a healthier me. I can do this. I’ve done MUCH harder things.
8. Blog for accountability. I plan to write about my journey to provide myself accountablity, but the good news for you, is you don’t have to read it OR live it! Unless you want to suffer along with me physically, as an encourager, or both.
9. Journal my food daily. I hate this one–its sooooo boring, but I think along with accountability, it is a key componenent. I have used Weight Watchers in the past and Livestrong, but I’m currently using My Fitness Pal app and love it. What I love about it is after I log in my food, I can go to a chart and see a breakdown of how much protein, fiber, calcium, iron, fat, ect. I’ve eaten in the day–that way I can get a better grasp on a healthy, balanced diet for me in the long run. Its just another discipline that needs to be non-negotiable for me in order to be successful.
10. Surround this in prayer. I saved the most important for last. I want this to be so much more than about fitting into clothes and feeling better about myself. I want this to be about honoring God with the body He has given me and treating it with respect and goodness. He gifted me with my children and I would never consider abusing them or mistreating them or neglecting them–they are gifts to me. Even though I’m not a perfect mom, I try to be the best version of a mom I can be. Why should the gift of my body be treated any differently? Yet eating poorly and being sedentary is abusing it, mistreating it, and neglecting it. So I want to make this journey about honoring Him and moving in obedience to how I know I should be toward this gift He has given me.
That’s about it for now, but I’ll leave you with some pictures that I took of some other motivational visuals I made myself. I never intended to show them to anyone, so the artistic ability is lacking and they are especially corny. But then, so am I. ha! Anyone interested in taking this challenge with me and providing encouragement to each other? Let me know. Tune in on my official Day 1 post for “Back Fat: How in the world did THAT get THERE??”
I have this stationed outside my shower doors so I can read each poster every day for inspiration/reminding. I have a blank for after losing 20 pounds–any suggestions???
- An idea I stole from Pinterest–each stone represents 1/2 of a pound–can’t wait for the other jar to be filled!!!