Monday, February 8, 2010

McFatty Monday

Today is the day! McFatty Monday is here, and as much as that sounds like a great new promo going on at McDonalds, it's actually a diet plan. One of the blogs I frequent often Heir to Blair has started McFatty Mondays as a way for us all to commiserate on how we feel about giving up the foods we love and sweating more than we care to. And since last Monday I ate Buffalo Chicken Dip for dinner, I decided it was time to make a change.


I've tried to lose weight before. Ok maybe try isn't the best word to use because that would imply some sort of effort was put forth, but you know what I mean...I've WANTED to lose weight before, is that better?? My biggest problem-I never finish what I start. I'd like to blame that on the fact that I'm an Aries, it is a key trait of ours, but in reality I just need to own it. I suck at follow thru. If you don't believe me ask my parents. Every week I was joining a new club/activity and then a few weeks later I was quitting it. Or ask my husband how many times I swear I have a great idea about what I want to do as a career, but do nothing. I don't know how or why I am like this and I don't know how to fix it.
You can see how this would all make weight loss a problem right? Because losing weight means commitment and sticking with a plan, and if our past dictates our future, well then I am screwed.
But things can change, and maybe posting my weight for the world to see- or the 10 of you that read this- may give me that extra push to actually follow thru this time.

One year ago today I was at an all time low. I had just had a miscarriage and was feeling completely unhappy with myself. Kevin and I had been trying to start a family for awhile and I felt defeated. I had always been unhappy with my weight, mostly because I felt like I kept getting bigger and bigger even though I wasn't really changing my eating habits. Eventually I would find this was due to a severe under active thyroid, but nonetheless I still had the weight to lose.
The good news: My thyroid medicine has leveled the playing field-to some extent.
The bad news: I still have the baby weight and a few pre-pregnancy pounds to shed
The Plan: Drop 15 lbs by April 10th-my 30th Birthday and another 5 lbs by April 27th...when we leave for Mexico.
Starting weight: 165
Goal Weight: 145
Reason: I'd love to say something meaningful like " To live a healthier lifestyle" but who am I kidding? I want to look semi decent in a bathing suit, fit into cute clothes again, be able to sit down with out looking like I just grew a tire around my waist, and walk in my high heels with a little less pain. (Big girl+tiny high heels=major foot pain!)
How I'm going to do it:
*No more than 1200 calories a day. ( I figured this out by using Caloriecount.about.com )
*Work out for 100 minutes a week ( either the treadmill or the workouts I've DVRed from Fit TV)
*Keep track of what I eat via food log at SparkPeople.com

Wish me luck and come back next Monday to check up on me. I'll post weekly updates on my progress.

1 comment:

alissa mae said...

Listen lady, I haven't seen you in person recently, but you look pretty great in these photos I've seen. Some thoughts from someone who has unfortunately been dieting since she was 12 and has learned a little from it:
1. Are you breastfeeding at all? That burns 200-600 extra calories a day.
2. 1200 cal is considered healthy, but really hard to do. From what I've heard, celebrities generally do about 1500 cal. Yes they are already skinny, but staying that freakishly thin is a lot of work. And I think it's harder for skinny people to lose weight. I (with absolutely no professional knowledge whatsoever) think you should try 1500, because if you try to do 1200 and fail, it's going to be frustrating. If 1500 is going well, then try the 1200 if you must.
3. I don't know what being a mom is like, but instead of eating so little, you could maybe throw an extra work out in there? Or multitask and do lots of baby lifts...hehe.
4. My husband makes fun of me, but every time I work out, I put a big Hello Kitty sticker on the family calendar. It's rewarding to see how much you've done, and when you pass by it and see the Hello Kitty population dwindling, it's motivating.