I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant, but healthy baby weight is OK and comes with the territory. After I had Be Be, I breastfed and the weight just melted off of me and I very quickly I returned to my pre-baby jeans. Hooray! OK, so the bar was low.
Fast forward to nine months later when I left my job to become a SAHM, I wasn’t doing much working out (ok, none at all) and I was eating everything in sight. I noticed the weight coming back on and before I knew it I weighed as much as I did when I was pregnant, I blame all those damn Goldfish lord knows I ate enough of those.
Actually, all of my weight is in my belly, a very dangerous place for women to carry extra weight because it can lead to heart disease. My belly bulge makes me look like I am questionably pregnant. I say questionably pregnant because people have actually asked me or referred to me as pregnant , making my belly weight dangerous for them as well.
A few weeks ago, in an online mommy group that I am in, someone posted a post titled “Want to lose weight with me?” At first it sounded like a gimmick for some diet pills or something someone was trying to sell, then I read on. The writer of the post, a lady by the name of Anita, said she had a lot of ideas about how a group of us could come together, support each other and lose some weight. Some of her ideas included: a financial bet, group exercise, a Facebook group, using online tools such as myfitnesspal.com to track their eating and just friendly camaraderie. So, I decided in about a 1/10th of a second to join the group; I actually think I might have been the first person to sign up for the challenge.
I have decided not to participate in the bet because they are betting more money than I am willing to put up, but I am going to try really hard else wise. It is a 10 week challenge and I really think I can stick to it. I have never attempted to really diet before, so this will be new for me. We are all using myfitnesspal.com to track our calories and I am planning on following this exercise plan I found on Pinterest, with a few modifications. I also hope to get a cheap pedometer soon to track all of those extra steps I take while running after an almost 3yr old each day.
The working out is going to be really hard for me. I really struggle with exercise. I just don’t know how to do it properly and I really don’t enjoy working out. I have never gotten that “high” everyone talks about. I mostly just feel exhausted when I am done and for the rest of the day. I actually kind of envy people who get that boost of adrenaline that they feel for the rest of the day. I think they are faking the whole thing to make the rest of us feel lousy. I digress, like I said, I mainly just feel tired after working out, but I am really going to try to change my mindset and hopefully my body will follow.
The challenge starts tomorrow (10/5/15) at least that is when the official weigh in is. I weighed myself on the scale earlier tonight and I weigh 158 lbs. I am starting tomorrow with watching my food but I won’t be starting my workout plan until Wednesday because I have a friend in town and we have a lot of plans that don’t include workouts of strict diets, but do include eating out and alcohol. I have decided to start tracking my calories on Wednesday with the myfitnesspal.com app because we will be eating out and I have no idea how to track all of that.
So that is it! The Challenge technically starts tomorrow, but I guess I need a few days to get use to the whole thing…so Wednesday it is then! I will consider taking a “before” picture if I can get my friend to take a decent one using my crummy cell phone camera. If I do then I will add it in later to this post. Wish me luck!
Have you ever joined a weight loss support group before? Did you bet money? Did you win? Any tips for a diet and exercise newbie?