I love the beginning of a new year. It’s nice to wipe the slate clean and get a fresh start. You can look back on the past year, enjoy the good memories, and learn from the mistakes. I like making New Years resolutions too. I think it’s a good idea to always have goals for myself. Making a list of what I want to accomplish over the next year helps me stay organized and focused.
Now I know this sounds cliche, but my biggest resolution for 2013 is to get healthy and lose some weight. The last 2 years have been a huge whirlwind for us. I’m about 30lbs heavier than what I’d like to be.
My weight has yoyo’d up and down for the last 5 years. I first started gaining weight after my first marriage (nesting). Then moving away from my family brought me to my heaviest weight ever (I’m an emotional eater). When I started working as a cashier at Sam’s Club, the constant exercise I was getting helped me lose a lot of the weight. Then I started working at MCI, continued staying busy, got divorced, finally got happy and lost most of the extra weight.
Then I met Jeff, we started eating out a lot, I blame him spoiling me for a lot of the weight gain;) (jk). I quit my job and started going to school full-time. I wasn’t getting the constant exercise everyday that I used to get at my job, and I wasn’t used to having to schedule in exercise so within 1 year I’d gained back 30lbs. Then I was planning a wedding and going to school full-time, we continued eating out because it was just easier. By the time we both got home at the end of the day, we weren’t in the mood to exercise, and it was just easier to watch tv and relax. So between school, stress, getting married, settling down, traveling, and new jobs, we both have neglected our health.
This past September I was determined to lose this extra weight, and I lost about 5lbs the first couple of weeks, but then I went to visit my family and the traveling threw me off track. I haven’t gained back those 5lbs, but I haven’t lost any more either. Then with the holidays and more traveling, it’s been hard to get back on track. But now it’s a new year. The holidays are over. We don’t have any travel plans. Now it’s time to get down to business.
I hate talking about my weight. I hate when people who knew me back when I was skinny see the weight I’ve gained. It’s embarrassing. I’m hoping that by sharing this with you, you all will keep me accountable. I’m asking you to be my support system. I know I can lose this weight. I just need help getting past the starting point. I’m good at finding excuses for not working out, and for not eating healthy, and really 99% of it is just plain laziness.
So here’s the goal: To lose 30lbs, and to develop a permanent healthier lifestyle. I’m setting a “deadline” of June 1st. I’m trying to be realistic about my goal, and I think giving myself about 6 months to lose 30lbs is pretty realistic. I’ve already setup a meal plan and exercise routines that I want to start doing. I’ve cleaned out my fridge and pantry. I’m ready to do this.
Today is day 1.