Tonight it happened. (I feel like we have been through a lot together, so I am not too proud to share.) Tonight, as I unzipped my “go-to” jeans, the pair that a few months ago were a bit baggy, but still cute, tonight those very jeans left a bright red imprint of a button on the mush that has become by mid section. And so the time has come – time to get back to the me that I was before the babies, the stress, the life that has unfolded over the past 14 months. Time to stop hiding behind my Spanks and feel comfortable in my own skin again. At a time in my life when I feel like I have no control over anything at least I can control myself.
My goal, lose 25 pounds by the 25th of December. What a better Christmas present to myself than to feel better, to not cringe and squirm when the camera is pointed at me, to feel like my old self again (at least physically). And it is a perfect Christmas gift for this year as my immediate family has adopted a “homemade Christmas” approach (more on this later). What is more homemade than a body I feel comfortable in, that I worked on myself?!
Step 1: Establish A Goal: As I said, 25 lbs by Christmas morning. There are 17 weeks until Christmas, so this is an average of 1.5 lbs per week – totally doable!
Step 2: Establish A Plan: Goodbye hamburger rolls, second helpings, late night ice cream, beer…wait lets not get carried away! I’m not a big dieter, I prefer to look at it as being healthy. Being mindful of my choices. And then of course there is the gym, I think I remember how to get there! 18 months ago I would have considered myself a regular there – not so much these days! I have to be more greedy with my time and let go of that “mom guilt” I have every time I leave the house to do something solely for myself. Hopefully when my endorphins kick in 15 minutes into my spin class they can kick that guilt out of me and remind me why I once liked being there! I can only hope – because as I sit here today the idea of going back to that spin class, where my legs hurt, my sweat makes it hard to hold the handle bars, and I feel like I can’t peddle one more rotation and it is only the first “hill” – makes me want to crawl under the covers!
Step 3: Don’t Give Up! While getting started is hard, I think staying on track is harder. That is why I am writing this blog post. To help me hold myself accountable. I figure if all of you are waiting to see how I do on this challenge I will be that more motivated to keep going!
Step 4: Throw out my “go to” jeans because they are too big!
This proclamation of taking time to do something for me is me “dancing” in my rainstorm that seems to never end. It comes down to control, control of my own choices and so I choose to dance – besides, I hear it is a good calorie burner
So who is with me? Who else wants to give themselves a Christmas present this year? I’d love to take this challenge with you, to cheer you on if you do the same for me! Share your goals in my comment section if you like and we can all celebrate our success together!