I have had a problem with my weight for a very long time. My weight has always been a private thing for me. Something that I was not happy about and very embarrassed to talk about. I have come to realize that it is waaaayyyyy past time to do something about the extra pounds that I have been carrying around for too many years.
My children in addition to being the greatest joys in my life also each left me with at least 15 pounds of extra weight that I could not seem to get rid of. I am even including Amilynn in this because when I feel stress it is easy to ease the feeling with food, and as most of you know there are many stressful moments during the adoption process. So that is a minimum of 60 pounds right there. Over the years the number on the scale just kept going up and up until on April 1st of 2008 I decided that I had enough. I have to make a change if I want to be around to watch my grandchildren grow up.
I always felt like it had to cost extra money to loose weight (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and all those other things cost much more money than I have to spend.) Since we can not add to our budget at this time I started counting my calories online at My Calorie Counter (see the link in My Favorites in the right sidebar) and watching my portion sizes. Each week I weigh in and log my progress. I have also been trying to exercise more and be more active with the children. I am actually starting to see my hard work pay off. Since April 1st I have lost 33 pounds!! I am down 2 sizes in clothes and I am starting to feel really good about this new journey I am taking in my life.
I will post my progress here each week. It is a slow process but when I finally get to my goal I will be a whole new person (at least half the person I used to be, LOL).
9/1/2008 lost 3 pounds Total lost 41 pounds
8/25/2008 lost 2 pounds Total lost 38 pounds
8/18/2008 lost 0 pounds Total lost 36 pounds
8/11/2008 lost 0 pounds Total lost 36 pounds
8/4/2008 lost 4 pounds Total lost 36 pounds
7/28/2008 lost 0 pounds Total lost 32 pounds
7/21/2008 gained 3 pounds Total lost 32 pounds
7/14/2008 lost 2 pounds Total lost 35 pounds
7/7/2008 gained 2 pounds Total lost 33 pounds (I definitely did NOT count my calories this week. I know where I went wrong. . . I should know better than to buy cookies and bring them home. I really need to work on my will power. LOL)
6/30/2008 lost 2 pounds Total lost: 35 pounds
6/23/2008 lost 3 pounds Total lost: 33 pounds
6/16/2008 lost 0 pounds Total lost: 30 pounds
6/9/2008 lost 3 pounds Total lost: 30 pounds
6/2/2008 lost 2 pounds Total lost: 28 pounds
5/26/2008 lost 3 pounds Total lost: 25 pounds
5/19/2008 lost 2 pounds Total lost: 23 pounds
5/12/2008 lost 2 pounds Total lost: 21 pounds
5/5/2008 lost 2 pounds Total lost: 19 pounds
4/28/2008 lost 3 pounds Total lost: 16 pounds
4/21/2008 lost 3 pounds Total lost: 13 pounds
4/14/2008 lost 4 pounds Total lost: 10 pounds
4/7/2008 lost 6 pounds Total lost: 6 pounds
4/1/2008 Starting weight
Here is my before picture. This picture was taken in April so it is the most accurate representation of what I looked like when I started this journey. I will post an updated photo soon.