I know what you're thinking by now...how is this year different?
Every year, I list weight loss at the top of my list of new year's resolutions. I never did anything about it last year...I was in the midst of moving. In stead, I find myself facing 2014 at my heaviest I've ever been. The numbers last year inched up as did my waist...but I still ended the year on a high note. I have a loving relationship with an awesome man who loves me the way that I am.
Confession: I used to have a bit of fear when it came to losing weight. The "what if" game can be tough on someone who has never known "skinny". I spent many years blaming lost relationships, being unpopular, not getting into a certain sorority, etc on being a little overweight. But this year, I realize that the weight is not the issue. I don't want to lose weight to be accepted more, to be in a relationship, to be popular. I am happy with who I am.
I think to those commercials from a few years ago: "What will you gain when you lose" and realize that there's some truth in that. I want to gain some confidence for sure. I want to gain strength both internally and externally. Mostly, I want to show myself that this is possible. I want to do this for me. Not for anyone else!
I have bit the bullet and joined Weight Watchers and also bought a Fit Bit to track my steps. I want to set small goals...5% of my weight by Valentines day being my first! 1 month to 5%. My plan is as follows:
1. 10,000 steps per day...no excuses
2. Drink 24 ounces of water 30 minutes before each meal (I have a great water bottle that makes me chug)
3. Try 2 new recipes a week (which means that I'll be cooking)
4. Try a new workout every two weeks (though no pressure to go everyday...just try something new)
We'll get to February 14 and then reevaluate from there. For now: I need to try Yoga again!