You guessed it. I’m doing it and I’m going public. No, I’m not “dieting.” In my opinion, “diets” are a quick fix solution. I want to make lasting changes for my health and the health of my family. So, I’m embarking on a new adventure and I’m going to blog about it. Sharing my adventure will help keep me accountable and maybe some will join me on this adventure.
Here’s the plan: Each Wednesday, I’ll share my weight (yep, I’m going to give the actual number) no matter what the scale says. I’ll talk about how I did on my goals (which I’ll share in a moment) and the emotions that surface through it all. I really would love for some of you to travel this journey with me. Your goals will be different from mine. Your weight will be different from mine. Your joys and struggles will be different from mine. But even with all that, we can still travel together.
What I will NOT be doing is talking about food too much. I may share a recipe her and there, or if I find something online that really worked, I’ll share. Because I am not following a “diet plan” and I have such a variety of eaters to cook for, I don’t feel that all the ins and outs of our meals are that important. I WILL, however, talk about food as it relates to my goals and my pitfalls. Plus, family food budgets, health needs, cooking abilities and likes are so varied, that I don’t want to lead anyone down a path that doesn’t work for them.
Here are my goals for this adventure:
- Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal.
- Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting.
- Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week.
- Use Wii Fit at least 3 times a week.
- Don’t eat after 9pm.
- Try at least one new recipe each week.
- Walk down the lane with a family member at least one time per week.
I realize that some of these goals may not make sense to everyone. I think #1 and 4 make sense. #2 and #6 will help me look at the “boring staples” in new ways. I find myself cooking the SAME stuff over and over and over. I am in a cooking rut and that means my family is not trying new foods either. I want all of us to grow together. There are so many healthy, yummy foods available – we just have to try them! #3 is something I’ve always struggled with. I need to make a conscious decision to stop and start my day with good food. This will give me the energy I need, start my metabolism and cut down on the coffee I drink (which has hot chocolate in it and a lot of calories). #5 is a weakness of mine. Racer and I will watch one of “our shows” and eat something while we do it. Not good. Neither of us need to be eating after 9. #7 is about excercise, fresh air and relationships. If I can take a walk with just one of my kids or my spouse each week and have that dedicated time with no one else, that can only help our hearts and our spirits too right?!
So now for the numbers. I know you’ve been waiting. For reference, I am 5’4″, of stocky build (I come from hearty, german stock), and my weight is pretty evenly distributed. I carry it all over, not just concentrated in one place.
- Current weight: 204.4
- Initial goal weight: 150
I’d like to reach my initial goal weight by Labor Day, but I don’t know how realistic that will be. I may get there sooner or I may get there later. Not knowing what life has in store makes it hard to set those timelines.
Okay, I’ve done it. I’ve put this adventure out there. I’ve put my actual weight on the internet for the world to see. I need your help in this journey. Will you join me? If so, you can just post your thoughts, comments, goals and weight (if you want) in the comments. Let’s travel together toward healthier bodies and healthier families.