This is a personal, non-DIY post. I’m writing this from the heart, but was prompted to do so as a member of the #SearsBloggerSquad. I was compensated for this post but all opinions are 100% my own.
I know, everyone says at the beginning of a new year that they’re going to lose weight. Heck, I’ve said it every year. But this time I mean business. Since I don’t like new year’s resolutions, I’m calling this my non-resolution resolution.
Let me explain. First, a little history…
I had a baby. I lost the baby weight. I had a second baby. But, with the second baby, I had serious nausea and stomach issues. So I ate a lot of bread. And potatoes. And chocolate frozen yogurt. That was pretty much all I could keep down.
Once my daughter was born, I thought I’d lose the weight. But then I tore a tendon in my foot. Then I had emergency gallbladder surgery.
I started losing the weight again. Slowly. Then I broke my leg.
Every time I felt like I was making progress, something got in my way. To say I was frustrated would be an understatement.
Fast forward two years…we moved. I was working my tail off – packing, moving boxes, doing DIY projects at both houses – and the weight started falling off!
And I kind of got stuck there. Stuff going on, busy schedules…life intervenes.
Enough is enough. I look in the mirror and I don’t look like me. This has to change and NOW. I needed a plan.
First, there are a few things I know about me and losing weight:
(1) I have to be able to eat real food. Once, I tried a diet where you ate prepackaged food. I hated it. I needed real food. I went off that diet and the first thing I ate wasn’t a chocolate bar. It was an apple. For real.
(2) I need to move. When I walk or run or move furniture or do yard work, I lose weight.
(3) As my son would say, I’m a “fruit and veggie person.” What he means is that I don’t particularly like meat. I was a vegetarian for about 10 years, in fact. I only stopped because I really wanted a steak, for some reason. I hate chicken for the most part (it really grosses me out). I like fish fine.
(4) I’m impatient. I’m one of those people who walks three miles and then weighs myself and wonders why I haven’t already lost 15 lbs.
So, with that said, here’s the plan:
(1) I will keep eating real food and only real food. I don’t eat a lot of processed food anyway, but any processed food I do eat will now go by the wayside (this pretty much means crackers and potato chips).
(2) I am going to exercise or move a lot every day. I’m walking my kids to school and that’s about 15 minutes of exercise right there. Not much to add a little more!
(3) I’m cutting meat out of my diet, for the most part. I will only eat red meat if it’s lean and from an organic source. Fish stays. I’m happy kicking chicken to the curb.
(4) I will understand that this is a process and will not miraculously turn me back to my normal size overnight. I will be patient. I will be patient. (I’m repeating this as a mantra.)
Why am I telling you all this?
(1) I want to be accountable for this. I am OVER being overweight. Done. Finished. Kaput. I’m telling you all this so now you know and will kick my butt if I bail out.
(2) I hope to encourage anyone else who might be stuck like me. We can do this.
As y’all know, I’m a Sears brand ambassador. I got an email from Sears recently, explaining a service called FitStudio.com. FitStudio.com has a number of features:
(1) Free articles on working out and nutrition;
(2) Reviews and ratings for exercise gear (Did you know that Sears is America’s #1 fitness retailer?), as well as a personalized “Deal of the Day.” Members select the type of gear or equipment they are shopping for and a Deal of the Day for that item will be loaded into their Shop Your Way account. Brands of equipment include NordicTrack, Life Fitness, AFG, ProForm, and more, with the lowest prices guaranteed.
(3) A reward system for daily physical activity through the Points for Progress Program and #Achieve15 fitness tips.
To participate in Points for Progress, register for FitStudio.com for free and automatically become a Shop Your Way member. Then, simply connect a fitness app or device, and track activity to earn Shop Your Way points that can be redeemed for merchandise in stores and online at Sears and Kmart.
And here’s how #Achieve15 works: As part of the Points for Progress initiative, members can earn $5 in Shop Your Way points (5,000 points) by burning 1,500 calories or walking or running 15 miles in 2015. To help members #Achieve15 and meet their goals to earn $5, FitStudio.com will issue #Achieve15 tips via social media throughout the month of January. The tips include everything from inspiration to keep members on track to ideas for reaching goals to earn rewards.
Almost all activity on FitStudio.com earns members Shop Your Way points, including:
o Connect with FitStudio.com: Sign up, connect an app or device and complete a profile.
o Get Active: Walk or run two miles per day, and burn 200 calories per day.
o Socialize: Share your fitness progress and share FitStudio.com content on social media.
Do you get what this means, people? You exercise, then you get to shop for smaller clothes! Win-win!
So, anyone want to do this with me? I’m signing up today!
I can do this. I will do this.