Jul 16, 2012

Hot Mess no longer.

I'm done playing around.  I'm done saying that I'm going to lose weight and do all of these things to shed the baby pounds and then pull right back into the McDonald's drive-thru the next day.  Where'd my motivation come from?  Check out Mama Laughlin's blog and her progress from "former fatty" as she calls herself to a size 4.  She lost 60 + lbs.  And has two kids.  I have no more excuses.  I'm tired of being all talk and no action.  I'm tired of being self-conscious.  I'm tired of taking forever to get ready in the morning because I hate how everything looks on me.  I'm tired of being afraid of new clothes and the dressing room.  I'm tired of not being confident enough in my body to even want my husband to see me without a shirt on (sorry if that was TMI).  So, I'm beginning my "Hot Mess to Hot Mama" journey.  Today.  I'm going to document my weight and take pictures and share my journey.  It's my hope that I won't be judged by my extra baby fat or how I look in my "before" pictures.  I just hope to build up a support team and feel good about myself again.  And this is how I'm going to do it:

Weight: 142.5
Biggest weaknesses when it comes to my weight:  fast food, Dr. Peppers, snacking, unbalanced meals. 
Goal weight:  120
How I'm gonna do it: 
{1.} No more Coke.  Not long ago, I said I was going to cut myself down to just 1 can of Pepsi a day.  So far, it's not happening.  I've found that I have zero willpower when it comes to drinking sodas and I can't have just one.  If I've had one, it opens the door to more and before I know it, I've had two cans of Pepsi and a large McDonald's Dr. Pepper.  No, my daughter still doesn't sleep well.  But there are other ways to stay awake during the day than a constant caffeine intake.  Water makes me feel good and that's all I'm allowing myself. 
{2.}  Work-out.  I don't know that I'm comfortable yet with going to a gym.  I'm slightly asthmatic and LOATHE running because I look like a dying cow with my thundering feet and wheezing breaths.  Maybe work out videos?  I'll keep you updated on what works best for me.
{3.}  Motivation.  Every week I'm going to do a "Hot Mess" update, complete with a picture of the scale and myself to show you if I'm making any progress.  It's easy to sit on the other side of this computer and vow to change, but if you guys never see me, I can go on pretending that I'm living this healthy lifestyle.  Through pictures, you will know if I cheated.  You will know if I've lost any weight that week or that month. 
{4.}  Having a support system.  This is the best part....I'm not doing this alone.  My friend Sarah from "Our Family of Three" and I are doing this together.  Her daughter is just 3 months older than my Avery, so she knows all about having the baby fat hanging around.  She'll be documenting her progress and will be guest posting on what works for her.
{5.}  Feedback.  I'm not a gym rat.  I hate working out, I hate sweating and I hate the idea of eating like a rabbit forever and never enjoying another burger.  But if I want to feel good about myself again, I have to suck it up.  But I need your help.  What works for you?  What healthy recipes do you have that you'd like to share?  What's the secret to building endurance and running without collapsing a lung and wanting to die?  I'm all ears. 
This won't just be my journey to lose weight.  I'm going to work on all areas of my life that aren't making me feel like a "hot mama" right now.  It's going to be a self-discovery and self-love trip as well.  I don't like myself much right now.  I'm a hot mess....minus the hot part. 
Hopefully, with all of these factors, I'm going to lose my Avery weight and have confidence again.  Flabby to fabulous, here I come!


Anonymous said...

Hey buddy!!! Weight Watchers worked amazing for me...I lost 16 pounds in 3 months and did it healthy. It doesn't work for everyone, but I needed a method that kept me focus. I couldn't just say I'm eating healthier. It also taught me how to eat healthy for the long haul. Also, having a goal like a 5k and doing a training program with that is a great exercising motivator. Have other people sign up for the 5k (Race for the Cure in October is a good one) with you to help keep you focused. There's a free app called "Couch to 5K" that was really good. Its on a day off a day and flexible for a working mommy as well. If you don't like running- try Zumba or Pilates (there's tons of videos). Just some thoughts!!!
Miss you! Mary J :)

Breanna said...

Hi! First off, congrats to you- its super scary to let people "in" on something like that, but it definitely holds you accountable, which is so helpful! I did that with my followers when I started a sugar detox & I felt a greater sense of responsibility to keep with it. My best advice is to make sure you don't let a moment of weakness ruin your day! You may slip up & have a cookie or a Dr. Pepper or whatever- but don't beat yourself up & definitely don't let that dictate your mood & eat crap the rest of the day. Also, the couch to 5k app really is great & helps keep up the motivation (for me, anyway)... & it only requires you to do it every other day, but sometimes I do it everyday just to get my butt going.

Good luck & congrats on your decision! Rooting for you!
Bre @ blogbybre.blogspot.com

Devan Gaddie said...

Thanks for the advice! I definitely don't know what I'm doing, but I know I need a change. Thanks for checking out the blog!

Devan Gaddie said...

Ive been thinking about joining weight watchers or something similar, but im weighing my options right now. Thats awesome that it was so effective for you! I miss you too!

kelli ann said...

I'm a big believer in the Couck to 5k app, too! Another app/website that you might try is My Fitness Pal. You can track the fat, calories, etc of the food you're eating, and it even lets you choose how much weight you want to lose and tells you how many calories you need to consume each day to lose that much. It's pretty helpful when there's a candy bar (or Dr. Pepper!) starring at you because you can visually see that if you eat it you'll be over your limit for the day. Good luck!

Devan Gaddie said...

I'm going to have to try that...is it on Android too?

kelli ann said...

It is! Or, it was when I had my droid phone, so I assume it is still available.

Heather Gohman said...

I just stumbled upon your blog....wish I would've thought to blog and document my weight loss...what great motivation!

I too have used both the couch to 5K app & the My Fitness Pal app and they helped me tremendously! Cutting sodas is a good start. Also, if you can choose whole wheat over white, whether it be bread, pasta, tortillas, etc you'll be making a healthier choice.

Goodluck and congrats on the progress you've had thus far! (I read your posts backwards since today's post showed in my newsfeed)

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