Friday, March 29, 2013
I've been missing in action for like oh the last 4 years! Part of the reason for that is plain and simple.....I'm crazy busy. Going from 1, self sufficient kid to 2 toddlers and 1 teenager has rocked my world. Rocked in a good way but rocked nonetheless! The second reason for my absence has been my frustration with my weight. I gained 20 pounds (thank you fertility drugs) before getting pregnant, 75 pounds with Will's pregnancy and 30 pounds with Abby's. Of course I didn't lose any weight during those back to back pregnancies.....by the time I stopped nursing it was the holidays and then a miscarriage and then BAM a pregnancy!! So I had put on 125 pounds and I was miserable to say the least. Finally in September of 2011 I decided that I needed to get my crap together......like for realz!! I started dieting....kind of. I made little changes along the way and, while it wasn't a fast weight loss, the scale did continue to trend downward. To date, I'm down almost 80 pounds! I'm proud of that....I'm still not thrilled with where I'm at but I'm in Onderland again and I am working to be healthy. I want my body to be healthy and my mentality towards food to be healthy. This isn't just about me fitting in to a pair of skinny jeans......it is about being able to watch my kids grow up and teaching them what a healthy lifestyle looks like. Those are my goals now. Of course a cute pair of skinny jeans would be a nice bonus! I've been eating clean for a couple of months and I feel great but I've decided that I need to step up my game. I've decided to try the 24 day challenge by Advocare. I know, I know....I was the biggest skeptic but it has a 100% money back guarantee so I figured the only thing I had to lose was weight. Our challenge starts Monday and I'm going to try to use the blog as an accountability tool. I would also like to be able to go back and see my progress. Maybe I can also encourage someone along the way.....who knows?? So on Monday I'll be posting my stats.....oh dear Lord, I've never done that before and frankly, the thought makes me want to puke. But i figure if I'm going to be accountable I need to own the number...regardless of the humiliation that may occur after I post them. So stay tuned for my results. I'm planning to be brutally honest and hopefully offer a fair, unbiased opinion of the products and the challenge. I have hesitated for so long on doing this challenge but this time it just feels right....I'm excited and ready to bust through a plateau or 2!!