I’ve never been this overweight. I just topped my scale at 230 lbs. Woah.
I want to lose a pretty extreme amount of weight: 100 lbs. I don’t want to put a time restraint on that, it’ll happen when it happens. I do, however, want to have a plan. My ultimate goal is to get to around 130 lbs.
Here’s a little background about my relationship with weight: growing up, I was never really overweight, but I wasn’t fit either. I started working in the restaurant industry at sixteen and was able to eat whatever I wanted with no concern for weight gain, because I was running around the restaurant all night, burning those calories. When I turned twenty-one, I began working as a bank teller and at twenty-two I got a real desk job in a cubicle. I’d never needed to learn how to exercise for weight management regularly, so that sudden decrease in activity and still not having a good understanding about how to lead a healthy life lead to a large increase in weight. I believe when I started at the bank, I weighed about 150 lbs and was about the same amount when I started the desk job. In three years, my weight has increased by 80 lbs.
Over the years, I’ve definitely tried different ways to manage my weight, like Weight Watchers and the Fit Girl’s Guide. I also had access to a gym at my work, but rarely used it. I tried working out with a personal trainer at the gym, but this became too expensive. Although I’ve tried different methods, one thing is consistent: as soon as I had a bad meal or a bad day or didn’t exercise, I would give up. I would tell myself “oh well, I messed up. Guess I’ll start again next Monday”. Obviously, this isn’t the right way to do it, but any excuse for me was a good excuse. Remember the Lazy Lena name? Yeah, that was definitely being proven during this time period.
As a Christmas present in 2016, my uncle paid for a year-long membership at a gym across the street from my apartment. It’s a cross-training gym and the trainers are super helpful and encouraging. I started going in January and have been inconsistent in going. I originally told myself I’d go three days a week but again, as soon as I missed a workout, I would stop going that week and start over again on Monday. You’d think I would’ve learned not to do that by now.
But I’ve decided, this time will be different. It’s time to get my ish together and do it! My uncle is getting married to his long-time girlfriend in November and I want to make him proud by being fit and showing how much I appreciate his thoughtful gift. I also am ready to be fit; I want to be able to run a 5k, go on an overnight hike without being miserable, and start bike riding. I want muscles and I want to be fit. I want to look good and be proud of myself.
So, what steps am I taking? I joined a DietBet with a buy-in of $35. It started yesterday, April 12th, and will end on May 10th. The goal is to lose 4% of my body weight. I’m starting at 228.4 lbs. I was actually at 232.4 on April 9th, so I guess my weight has been fluctuating. That’s the first and only time I’ve seen the scale over 230 lbs. At my starting weight of 228.4 lbs, I need to lose 9.1 lbs to meet the goal. I think this is feasible.
Here’s my feet! Good thing I got a pedicure last week. As you can see, “basil” is our group’s evidence word.
I’ve also started this blog as another way to hold myself accountable. My goals for the next month are to consistently go to the gym three times a week; this will total 12 workouts, so I will keep track of them. I also want to meal prep each week, starting with tomorrow’s meals (I need to go grocery shopping). My next post will be about meal prepping, yay!
I’m thinking about doing a Youtube video so I can track what I look like. Still considering it. If I do, I’ll link my Youtube page to the blog.
That’s all, folks! Time to get to work.