The time has come where I needed to take some drastic measures to lose weight. I am officially at the highest weight of my entire life. Even 9 months pregnant I did not weigh this much. It’s sad really, when I think about how I have allowed myself to gain so much weight over the past 4 years. What’s done is done and I accept that all I can do is face reality and DO something about it.
I have tried joining several weight loss groups and blog, all anonymously, about my weight issues over the past couple years and I have never stuck with it. It’s hard when you are not receiving any kind of support and know that if you stopped trying tomorrow no one would really care. I have been amazed at the number of YouTubers that have been successful with documenting their weight loss journeys with the world. I think I have mentioned before in our blog before that I adore watching videos of the Shaytards family on YouTube. The father, Shay Carl has tried to lose weight for several years and has always been very open and honest about his struggle to lose weight. It wasn’t until this past year that Shay really put the effort into losing weight that he began to lose weight and keep it off. There were no gimmicks or quick solutions involved. Shay lost the weight the old fashioned way; the real way. He actually ate healthier and exercised. While doing so he documented his journey on his ShayLoss YouTube Channel. It is totally incredible to see his transformation in his videos. I love his attitude and he is so motivational and inspiring to me. I think the most amazing thing is that he is now able to go back and see himself and how he looked anytime he wants.
I would absolutely LOVE to have the option to go back and look at how far I have come once I reach my weight loss goals. I look back at old photos all the time and think about how I felt so much more confident about myself back then. The crazy thing is I have never really felt like I look. It’s almost like I can’t relate to the person I see in the mirror. I just don’t feel like that person that I see at all.
My 40th birthday is this September and I feel like it’s time. Time to get back to my old self. The past 4 years have been amazing in regards to building a great business with my husband and watching our kids grow. It’s so easy to focus 100% of my efforts and life into them and push my desires to the back burner. As I age I realize that not taking care of myself is only hurting my children. I want to be around to see my grandkids and even my great grandchildren. Much of this journey is about getting healthy and feeling more energized each day. I want exercise to be something I feel great about. I want my food choices to include fruits and vegetables and work on limiting the pastas/breads and high calorie foods and snacks. As time goes on I will share more about what changes I am making my diet and what types of exercise I do. I’ll probably post at least once a week an update with what has been going on and we will be posting weekly videos as well. I would absolutely love it if any of you would jump on board and do the same. Please let me know if you do!
The one thing I am the most excited about is that Ken is going to do this with me. He isn’t shy about this sort of thing and is all for my idea of utilizing the internet as a means for accountability. He has said, it’s not like anyone that sees us out in public hasn’t noticed that we have put on weight so why not own it and put it out there so we have no choice BUT to do something about it. Having Ken involved gets me so excited for both of us. We have done this together before 7 years ago and we were actually both at our goal weight at that time. We have decided to aim to lose 30% of our current weight since that is pretty on target when it comes to where we would like to be. We have sort of made it a competition between the two of us and I told him if he reaches his goal he can go get a gun. (This is a whole different topic that I will write about some other time.) I on the other hand don’t really want anything, the weight loss will be reward enough. However…after losing 70 pounds I just might need a tummy tuck. LOL!
We officially started today since it was the kids’ first day back to school and Christmas break is over. We made a short video of our “Starting Weight” and our first weigh in will be next Friday, the 13th. We will weigh in every Friday and the video and blog will get posted by Monday if not sooner.
Wish us luck!!! And be sure to vote in the sidebar who you think will lose 30% of their current weight first!