Monday, September 17, 2007

Weight Loss Challenge

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I have joined the newest Tales From the Scales weight loss challenge. It has been hard for me to write this post because I do not want to tell anyone my intentions. What if I fail? What if I just quit? I have very little will power, and my flesh is weak. Most of all, I hate dieting. Accountability. That's what this is about. Blogging about my challenge will keep me accountable.

I have seriously dieted three times in my life. (Serious meaning it lasted more than five days.) The first time I lost 10 pounds, the second 16, and the third 12. My goal this time is 40 pounds. FORTY!!! Why 40? It seems like the perfect number for me. I have held on to 10 pounds for each of my last four pregnancies, AND I am going to be 40 in May. Forty pounds seems logical to me.

Duchess has been asking me lately if I have another baby in my tummy. I look like I do. I saw some pictures of myself on my digital camera. They weren't pretty. I think I am too proud, embarrassed, or vain to post them now. Maybe if I lose weight and have an awesome 'after' picture to share in the future I will. I also don't feel compelled to share my current weight or measurements. Let's just say if I gain much more weight, I will have to start shopping in the plus size department. These are the trivial reasons I want to lose weight.

I have more reasons. First and foremost, I have been convicted that I am a glutton. I believe my gluttony is hindering my walk with the Lord. Secondly, I want to feel better. I don't have the energy I used to. Thirdly, for health reasons. My mother died from breast cancer. Being overweight increases my risks even more. There is a history of Type 2 Diabetes in my family. I don't want to be a risk factor for that either. Lastly, The King has just been told he has high cholesterol and needs to lose some weight. This is a great time for me to start and support him in the process.

I don't have a 'diet' that I am planning to follow. Right now I am going to start out with portion control, cutting back on sweets, and fats (notice I didn't say cutting out), and exercise. If it doesn't work then I will have to do something more drastic.

My biggest challenge is being home all day. I homeschool and have constant access to the fridge and pantry. Whenever I give my kids a snack, I tend to snack right along with them. My other challenge will be trying to fit exercise into my already busy days.

My weigh in day is Tuesday and I will be posting my results here. If you don't really care to know what's happening, don't check in on Tuesdays.

On my mark....get set....GO away pounds, GO AWAY!


  1. Ahhh, the lack of will-power and self-discipline. I hear ya. As much as I hate to hear it, I'm the only one who can do anything about it. Self-discipline, I'm discovering, is something we learn and practise -- it isn't something we just have or don't have. Some people are more self-motivated than others, yes, but whether or not we're going to dedicate ourselves to something is up to us.

    WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!!! See you next week!

  2. I couldn't read your first paragraph and not comment!

    Knowing your weaknesses will be your biggest strength

    Together, we will do this!

  3. Thanks for sharing!

    At least we won't be in this alone, right?

  4. Good for you for taking the first step! And I with you on cutting back, not out completely. That's why I've loved Weight Watchers, though I only did the online version -- nothing is off limits. Also, with WW, it's not a diet, and I've found that helps me mentally. 'Cause like you, I hate dieting, but I really like living and it's best for me to think of this as a lifestyle change so I can live longer.

    Anyway, welcome to the Challenge! I'm looking forward to going through this with you and everyone else. :)

  5. Welcome to the challenge! Instead of "dieting" check out the Abs Diet. Although it has DIET in the name, it's actually a way of life and not a diet as we now normally think about it. :-)
    Path to Health

  6. Hey, I am trying to be healthier too. I am trying to exercise...we bought a really nice treadmill and I walk on it at least 5-6 days a week. I am "trying" to watch what I eat but it is so hard! I will try along with you! One thing they tell me is not to get hung up on pounds but by how you feel and how your clothes feel on you.

  7. Hi, saw you over at Tales from the Scales. I agree, we should feel like we can eat anything, just limit the amount. Hang in there, stay focused.


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