That was the question I had been asking myself and everyone I know all day today. It all started after an ill-fated trip to the doctor's office. You see I am overweight, actually according to that EVIL chart called the Body Mass Index I am Morbidly Obese! I know.... I can't believe I said that out loud either... !
Anyway, my weight has been a struggle all of my adult life and a good part of my teen years. I have lost a little weight, and gained it back, lost a lot of weight and gained it back with some bonus pounds added in. I have read every book, tried many plans, and have just never been successful with this weight loss journey. This summer I began the journey again with renewed enthusiasm. I did well, I lost 20 lbs. Then I plateaued, then I forgot about the weight loss thing altogether, then today I went to the doctor, and found I had gained 14 of those 20 lbs back! I know I could have said to myself "its a different scale," or "i am wearing boots" but the bottom line is, I know I have put at least that much back on. The weight has been creeping back into my checks, my baggy clothes fit again. I have yo-yoed back up... again.
This brings us to the start of this blog. I went to work thoroughly dejected and very emotional and my lovely friend "code-name yet to be determined" gave me the idea of starting a blog to document my weight loss journey. This friend is incredibly supportive, she always has a kind word about my weight loss struggles and tells me all the time that I can do it and that one day I'll be on the Joy Fit Club on the Today Show and she is going to nominate me! She also supplied the title of this little endeavor. I talked it over with a friend who has her own awesome blog,my friends Kitten and Bombshell McGee and my hubby, Slam-Slam and everyone agreed that this was a great idea and promised to offer their support.
So I decided to go for it and here I am. In order to be inducted into the Joy Fit Club you have to lose 100 lbs with diet and exercise. So that is the goal. I haven't really figured out much beyond that. I am hoping that this blog can be an outlet for me to write about this journey. I know it will help keep me motivated and keep me accountable. I plan to discuss the successes and pitfalls that will happen along the way, as well as tips, tricks, recipes or anything else I might stumble across that I find helpful. I am hoping that any of you out there who might read this will give us the benefit of your knowledge on these matters and maybe share your success stories as well.
I plan on making some of this up as I go along but I have some rules to start out with:
- I will post AT LEAST once a week.
- I will keep a food journal on my SparkPeople account and blog about my eating habits
- I will document my weight losses (and gains) in my posts on this blog and on my SparkPeople account
- I will post periodic pictures that I am in (I got this idea from the aforementioned friend's blog) so that you can physically see the progression.
- I will do some sort of "adventure" once a month that is active and fun.
Other than that, I haven't figured it all out yet. I am going to have to set some goals and some deadlines. I'll have to decide on an eating and workout plan eventually, I have done all those things a million times before,and have not yet been successful. I think that means I need a new approach, and I am not sure what that is yet. So for now I am just committing to working on this weight loss journey and telling you all about it. I don’t know if this will be a success story or one that goes on forever with one stumbling block after another, but I am willing to see it through.
I hope you enjoy it!
Here is a picture of me and Slam-Slam's corn dog at the State Fair. It was taken a couple months ago, but I haven't really changed since then.