Sunday, November 30, 2008

Input and Output

Today marks the last day of NaBloPoMo.

I gotta say: thank the lord.

I've been posting every day since October 1st. Yes, I started early. I wanted to "warm up" for posting every day in November.

I often commit to things without full consideration for what that commitment will entail.

Such as, dieting.

It's no secret on this blog that while I was pregnant I gained 50 lbs. I thought "Psh, it'll come off easily so who cares?" Besides, Phoebe needed milkshakes and Kraft American slices. I am telling you she NEEDED THEM!

And while I'm happy to report I've lost 35 of those pounds, these last 15 just aren't coming off as rapidly as I'd like.

Particularly when you consider how often I say to Geoff "Take my picture!" and later delete ALL EVIDENCE of the picture from memory because OH MY GOD I LOOK LIKE I WEIGH 400 LBS!

I recorded last Tuesday's Biggest Loser episode and watched it today and realized that I weigh approximately what the women on Biggest Loser weigh right now. That is, you know, after 10 weeks or whatever of being at the camp and everything.

And I decided I needed to make a change. And that change is twofold.

The first part of which is I am committed to only putting into my body that which is good. No excuses. I am making my Fitday profile public so you can watch with me and cheer me on or yell "HEY LARDASS PUT DOWN THE STUFFING!" (what? I only got 1 serving of stuffing on Thanksgiving and no leftovers even so I made some tonight! I only used about 1/3 of the butter - and I used Smart Balance and not real butter, I used lean sausage and I used sage from our herb garden ... I know ... I know ... enough with the excuses).

This means that you will be watching as I try and eat right. I am going to try and exercise, too, but the first step for me is always to get my diet in order. It will be significantly easier this week as Geoff is going to be out of town for most of it and I won't feel obligated to make a "manly" dinner for him.

The plus side is that instead of posting a blog each day (just to fill a commitment), I will be posting to Fitday everything that I eat.

And the flip side of that is instead of eating everything I see in order to get through the day, I am making a commitment to posting a blog only of those things which will nourish the soul.

Works out great, doesn't it?

I hope so.

You'll notice on the Fitday profile that I started this (sorta) last week. I needed to know if I could do it. I needed to warm up.

Tomorrow is December 1st. I'd like to lose 20 lbs by Valentine's Day. I've done it in a month before, but with breastfeeding I don't want to starve myself or anything. I am going to try and stick to under 1800 calories a day. Should be enough to come up with a deficit. When I was working out, I stuck with 1600, but with breastfeeding I'll give myself the extra 200 calories for now. We'll see how it goes.

I think it's a reasonable goal.

I feel good to have accomplished my goal of posting every day in October and November.

And I am looking forward to my new challenge.

I'm going to make this one count.


Jaffey said...

You can definitely do it! I got my fat ass in a bet with a fellow lardass at work and lost 32 lbs in 3 months (20 lbs in a month - you the man!).

Meghan said...

My vanity knows no boundaries.