I’m going to make it happen…

I have two main reasons for writing this blog post…accountability and motivation. I’m a pretty determined person. Once I really set my mind to something, I’m going to eventually get it. Last April, I finally got fed up with my weight and overall health. I realized that if I wanted to be the best wife and mother possible, I needed to take care of myself. I set out to make big lifestyle changes.

Everyone knows (or at least SHOULD know) that diets don’t work in the long run. Yeah, you might lose some weight for a few weeks…maybe even months…but you’ll most likely end up gaining it back and then some. So I made myself a motivational poster for my bathroom mirror with “pump-me-up” notes and pictures of Kyle and the girls. I cold-turkey cut out sodas and coffee. I used the myfitnesspal app to track calories and monitor portions. I made a point to try to be active one way or another each day.

From last April to today, I’ve lost 30 pounds and three pant sizes. I slacked off on exercising when the time changed and we couldn’t go on walks but that was just an excuse. But thanks to my other lifestyle changes, I still continued to lose weight.

Yesterday I decided that I was going to lose nine more pounds before my birthday on February 22. That will put me at 199 pounds. I’ve been over 200 for a few years now and having the twins didn’t help. My plan to lose these nine pounds is to continue to monitor portions, utilize the myfitnesspal app, replace at least one meal a day with a protein shake, and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for at least 5 days a week. I know I can do it.

After I reach this goal, I’ll set another short-term goal to help me on my way to my long-term goal of weighing 155 pounds. I am confident that I’m going to make this happen.

I’ll include updates with my progress as the next few weeks pass. I GOT THIS!