Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Let the Battle Begin

My new cyber friend Amber is hosting a weight loss challenge-"Battle of the Bulge".

I've been struggling with getting back down to where I want to be for about a year and a half now so I'm ready to get fighting!

About 3 years or so ago I lost about 20 lbs. It was tough but I felt so good about myself. BUT in all honesty I think I was a bit lower than I really should have been. I was back down to where I had been when I got married.

I did really well for a while and kept the weight off. Then it started creeping back up again and now about 15 pounds of it is back and I'm not a happy camper. I'm telling you-turning 40 does a real number on your body!! It's like my metabolism hit a wall!

So, now that Amber has thrown down the challenge I'm ready to pick it up and run!

Here are my goals:

  1. lose 7 pounds
  2. drink lots of water- that's my biggest downfall right now-really helps with the metabolism issue
  3. exercise 5 times a week- cardio and some type of strengthening workout
  4. comfortably fit in all of my long pants for the winter. Not have to constantly suck in my stomach and be in agony when I sit down!

And because Amber was willing to post her before pictures, I'll do the same. And like Amber- I carry my extra weight in my backside (and evidently I carry my phone back there too-forgot to take it out of my pocket-LOL) and in my face (wow what a combination huh?).

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Everyone participating in the challenge will post an update each Monday- so be sure to check back and see how I'm doing. I may need a little kick in the rear every now and then! Accountability is HUGE in weight loss!

Thanks for the challenge Amber!


Amber (Bringing Good Home) said...

LOL! I usually stick my phone in the back pocket, too. :)

I think my metabolism went down south when I had child number two. I didn't lose my baby weight for a couple years and had to fight real hard to get rid of it. I know it'll be a fight this time, too.

Speaking of water, I think I'll go have a glass right now. ;) Sooooo glad you're in this with me!

Smelling Coffee said...

God bless you in this challenge. I should join you... "should" being the operative word! Can't wait to see your progress. :-)