About 2 months ago, I made a sweeping declaration that I was going to get it together and finally lose my “baby weight”. It was around Fat Tuesday to be exact. Well, it went sort of ok for a couple of days after that sweeping declaration was made, but then it went downhill. I actually ended up back-tracking, feeling bad about back-tracking, and then I stopped thinking it was worth trying at all. Needless to say I have not made it to my goal dress yet…oh the dress. Wanna see it again?!
Ahhhhh. But, this was one of those stupid Pinterest posts that didn’t actually link to the dress itself, so I have no idea where to find it, who the designer is, or how many bajillion dollars it might cost, so I’m sure I’ll have to settle for another adorable dress…oh well.
Anyway, I digress. I remembered the dress [drool] and thought “I’m 31, I’m seriously not giving up on this that easily.” Last week, I made another sweeping declaration, and this time I made it internally…where it counts. Now, I’m actually 9 pounds down from where I was at the beginning of Lent, and I’m walking every day. I’m keeping my food diary religiously, and I haven’t spent a dime on workout DVD’s, gym memberships, diet food, or anything else. I’m just eating less and moving more. Novel approach, right?!
Have I had moments of weakness? Absolutely! But, I’m getting better and more in tune with where I was the last time I successfully lost this much weight. My short-term goal is to lose 11 more pounds by April 30. That is 12 days from now. I wouldn’t make this goal if I was smaller than I am now, but I feel I can safely, without starving myself or overexercising, lose weight that quickly right now. Once I hit that milestone, I’ll make another goal, but right now, I’ve got my eye on the horizon…or in my case, the mule that I pass everyday on my walk(s). Shout out, Molly Ann!
I may not hit my goal weight by the date I had originally set which was around the beginning of the Fall semester, but I could definitely be close. I will do this. That dress (or a reasonable facsimile) will be mine. It might be stupid to be motivated by something so superficial, but I say, use what works for you. I know I should be thinking about being healthier (which I am), being more comfortable (which I am), and showing a good example to my two small daughters (which I absolutely am), but the clothes are a very nice secondary motivator.
If you need an accountability partner or group, let me know! I would love to start something!