I got on the scale this past week and had a serious reality check. I weigh 2 pounds less than my heaviest pregnancy weight. I am not a happy mama. Not. At. All.
I have always said that I don’t want to be that person that wakes up one day and realizes that I am overweight. And yet, that is who I have become. I am 5’5″ and my healthy weight is somewhere around 135-140. Which means I need to lose 30-35 pounds, which is close to 20% of my current weight. My BMI is 28.3, and 30 is considered obese. I can’t climb up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. I only have two pairs of jeans that I can squeeze into. My boob fat is oozing out the sides of my bra. My oh-so-sexy knee high boots don’t even begin to zip up anymore.
Obviously, tiny fatness imps have invaded my body. Because I swear, I could wear those cute jeans with the embroidered pockets just last week. And that bikini, wasn’t I rocking it just last month? Wasn’t I?!
Something has got to give.
While I was wallowing in my overweight sorrows, a friend messaged me to let me know that a local boot camp was running a special on Groupon. She had a credit and offered to let me have it. I jumped right on it, and ended up with a month of boot camp for $29, three miles from my house. Tonight was my first night, and I rocked it! I had to modify some of the exercises, and ended up walking during some of the runs, but I still made it through. My goal is to lose a pound a week at this point, and tone up the tiny bit of muscle I already have. I’d love to be supermodel sexy thin, but let’s be real, that’s probably not going to happen for any of us. What I really want is to be able to fit into my clothes, be able to feel confident and beautiful, and be able to run and play with my children. That’s not too much to ask, right?
My starting measurements are below, and I’ll be updating over the next few weeks. If I can convince my husband to take some before pics, I’ll add those to this post as well. Aside from attending boot camp 4 days a week, I’m also planning to really watch what I eat. Since I work from home, I tend to snack on junk throughout the day, and that’s just going to have to stop.
Upper Arm: 13″
It may seem trivial and petty to some, but I was so bummed to see that my neck and arms are the same size. What. The. Hell. I am terrified by the thought of having saggy upper arms that look like wings when they are extended. Yuck.
Another huge motivating factor for me is that the holidays are coming and I have a click happy family with lots of cameras. I do not want hundreds of pictures of my overweight self being posted all over Facebook. Maybe it’s superficial, but honestly, it scares me. I may not be at my goal weight by then, but I’ll be damned if I won’t be at least 10 pounds lighter!
Do you struggle with your weight? Are you currently trying to drop some pounds or working to be a healthier person? What motivates you?