Shortly after I hit my first goal weight - which was almost a year ago - I remember how great I felt. I had this amazing sense of accomplishment, higher self-esteem, and the confidence to know that I was no longer letting food control me. I was hitting fitness goals left, right, and centre, and clothes shopping was becoming fun once again. I also remember thinking, "How did I ever let myself gain so much weight", and thought of how mad at myself I'd be if I let that happen again.
Unfortunately, as you all know, I HAVE been letting it happen again. And I know, without a doubt, that if I don't get a handle on myself, I will be right back up at my start weight before I know it. I'm a binger, a stuff-my-facer, which means that the pounds pile on VERY quickly.
Right now I weigh 166.2... My original goal, if you can remember, was 157 (but then I adjusted it as I continued to lose). So consider 157 to be my current aim. I know I can do it. I am starting up yet ANOTHER new challenge for myself, and I'm hoping that this time I stick to it. I am calling this my "Fitter Fall" challenge, and you are welcome to join me. I will eat better, by revisiting my old habits; I will run better, by challenging myself more and more each week; and I will learn to love myself again, by reminding myself that I am perfectly capable of doing this. I refuse to let food control me forever.
And I HOPE that I can inspire someone out there to not give up. There IS no giving up!
I HOPE to lose 5-6 pounds in four weeks, and then keep going. I know that this will be a challenge, because this month holds a lot of food-related events. But I also know that with a little bit of planning, I can stay above water. I did it last year, and I can do it again. For added motivation, I'm planning on doing some family photos at the beginning of November, and I do NOT want to look bloated!
Just as a refresher, here is the picture I posted when I realized that I could no longer fit nicely into my "go to" jeans. Muffin top central alert...or so I thought! Things are actually a bit worse now (but I'm too lazy to take a new picture)
I WILL fit into those jeans again. I WILL regain my confidence. I will succeed.
Will you stay with me?