Let the weight loss begin!

Okay, all you bloggy peoples, time to crack down on the weight gain. Are you ready to…?


So you wanna know the truth? (Can’t say that without hearing “You can’t HANDLE the truth!” in my brain…)

I weigh what I weighed when I was 9 months pregnant with my son. Oh yeah – and his third birthday? That’s this NOVEMBER, people. I’ve spent the last three years carting around an extra 45 pounds that I didn’t need.


Let’s put this another way, a Body Mass Index of 25 to 29.9 is overweight and a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

My body mass index is 29.

Not cool. It’s got to go.

Oh, I’ve tried, believe me, I’ve tried! Last January I started counting Weight Watcher points again, and I lost 5 pounds but then I put it back on again. I never really got into the exercising part like I needed to.

And there was one time before that – same story.

I think part of the problem was that I was trying so hard not to be vain, that I seriously downplayed the “weight” issue.

I want to be healthy.

I want to be a good steward of my body.

Oh, a little weight loss would be nice…

But when I only got a LITTLE weight loss, after several months, I gave up. That. Right there. Tell’s you what my real desire was, doesn’t it? But then I realized, it IS partially about weight. And THAT’S OKAY.

As long as I’m not trying to lose weight for the wrong reasons, or to an unrealistic extent, then it’s okay to want to lose weight.

And if that is a good motivation for me gaining a healthier lifestyle and not just a byproduct of lifestyle change that would maybe kinda sort be nice… well, then I’ll use it as motivation to keep me going so that I can become the healthy person I know I need to be.


What’s the plan?

  1. EXERCISE. I know from past experience that diet alone won’t cut it. I have many home workout videos that I like. The trick is USING them instead of letting them sit on the shelf.
  2. A HEALTHY DIET. I’m going to count calories like I did last time, eat lean meats, make sure I get my 5 frutis/veggies a day, and go easy on the breads (because that is my weakness!) while making sure I get enough fiber (because that helps you lose weight.)
  3. COOK FROM SCRATCH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. By cooking from scratch I can control the salt and msg content. Excess salt in the diet impedes weight loss and msg can cause other health problems.
  4. TAKE MY DAILY VITAMIN AND DRINK ENOUGH WATER. Both of which will probably help me feel better during the day, which would be good if I want to get some exercise in.
  5. GET ENOUGH SLEEP. Another biggie. As big as exercise. Not getting enough sleep can interfere with weight loss and even encourage weight gain. ACK!

The goal?

My healthy weight range is from about 124 to 155. Now, I doubt seriously I will E.V.E.R. see 125 again. I was 128 when I got married at 19. Before 3 kids. However, I don’t want to just lose enough weight to get barely inside my healthy weight range. I’m shooting for the middle. I figure 135 would be a nice landing spot.

To get there I need to lose 45 pounds. And it isn’t going to be easy.

But for the course of this challenge, I want to set a specific goal. By the end of October, I’d like to have lost at least 8 pounds. That’s two pounds a week. That’s doable right?

The pictures.

Okay, I debated. But if I’m in, I’m going to be in all the way. Here’s the truth in pictures. The majority of my weight is in my *ahem* rear end. A lot of it, around the middle. There’s some extra weight in my face, too. All of it has overstayed it’s welcome. Bye-bye, bulge.

The accountability.

So now here’s where we get busy. Throughout the month I’ll be posting links to helpful articles or sites. Each Monday we’ll have a check-in/weigh-in, and the final results will be posted on Monday, November 3rd. I thought I’d have a linky on here but I don’t – we’ll have to do it the ‘more complicated’ way. If you’re Battling the Bulge, too, leave me a comment and I’ll start a list of participants at the bottom of the post. Feel free to join in at any point, and by all means – spread the word! A little bit of accountability can go a long way!

Won’t you join me?

  • Get the details about this challenge HERE.
  • Follow me on Twitter or subscribe to my blog feed to find out when helpful links are posted.


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October 1, 2008 6:55 am

I posted mine here.
Thanks for the e-mail. I woke up thinking about the fact that I needed to get my post done and the kids actually cooperated! I look forward to reading your posts and offering each other support.

October 1, 2008 8:12 am

I’m so glad you’re doing this for yourself! I know it will really help you feel better. So, I guess I should get myself up and do something, huh? Actually, hubs told me that if I get dinner in the slow cooker before I go to work that he’ll join me for a work-out when my shift is over. How cool is that? Yeah, especially since I work in a gym and haven’t worked out there once… That is just bad! Anyways… cheers to a good start (insert clanking of water bottles here) 😀

Lynda Lippin
Lynda Lippin
October 1, 2008 8:34 am

Good luck! Weight loss has always been an issue for me and I look forward to following your progress.

October 1, 2008 11:07 am

Since I probably shouldn’t post this on my business site I’ll join you in the comments:-) Weight isn’t such an issue for me, but my body just isn’t in the right place since baby! And I want to feel good enough to be the kind of mom an 18 month old boy needs. (read ACTIVE!) My goal: get up earlier to do at least 20 minutes of excersice four days a week and cook healthier for my family. More veggies here we come!

Weight Loss Ways
Weight Loss Ways
October 1, 2008 11:20 am

Dear Amber.

A great beginning; all the best!

— Sarah

October 1, 2008 11:26 am

Hey Amber! I figured I’d post and let you know my goals. 🙂 Basically, I count calories and use thedailyplate.com to help with that. I started this diet the second week of September wanting to lose about 20lbs, weighing 165. I have lost 6lbs so far and am hoping this month to lose 8-10lbs. 🙂 So, right now I’m at 159lbs. When I was 18 I was 140lbs. I’m not expecting to be 140 again but I do hope to atleast be 145 or so. (I don’t have a blog so I will just be posting on here and reading… Read more »

October 1, 2008 11:32 am

Also, just some advice if you are doing the calorie counting. I’ve learned that you have to count every single calorie! You can chew 3 pieces of gum a day and not realize that you are adding 60 calories just with that. So, make sure and count everything. Something I try and do if I am unsure as to how many calories something has. If I think that it might be about 50 calories, I add another 25 or 50 because most of the time it’s more than we think! 🙂 Hope this helps!

October 1, 2008 11:34 am

Ok, my post is up and ready-http://tinyurl.com/4bauyy

Wishing everyone the best in this challenge!

Oh, I love that you included being a good stweard of your body-I’m planning a post on that topic!

Juliana Kyzar
Juliana Kyzar
October 1, 2008 12:24 pm

I’d love to join in, but alas I am 6 months pregnant. My current goal is NOT GAINING 50 POUNDS like last time! (I am already a nice sized gal, so 50 puts me way over 200 pounds!) So far I am 8 pounds under where I was last time (but I am also in the middle of the time I gained like 20 of my pounds…look out!). My goal is to gain half as much weight (or less) during month 6 – 7 than last time. The one thing I can do to help that goal is walk at… Read more »

October 1, 2008 1:15 pm

Amber, I wanted to pop in with a quick comment to let you now I’ll be joining you on this as well. I’ll try and get a post up on my blog about it sometime this week, but either way, I’m definitely in. I actually started doing Jenny Craig 5 weeks ago, and as of last week had lost 8.4 lbs. I go for my weigh in tonight, so we’ll see what I’m at. My initial goal is 20lbs., so I still have a little more than half to go, so this challenge will help keep me on the right… Read more »

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