Weighing In

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I think that almost everyone has wanted to shed a few pounds at some time during their lifetime, and I am no exception.  Now that I have moved to a new province, I need to start working on changing my lifestyle.  I’ve wanted to lose weight since I was a teenager, and I did it once pretty successfully – losing about 30 lbs on Weight Watchers back in 2008.  Like most diets, when I quit, I gained the weight back, and then some.

Back in 2008, I wanted to lose weight to look good.  I was in my early twenties and I wanted to feel hot.  Now, although it definitely would be nice to look better, there are so many other reasons to lose weight.

I have some health issues that are coming up due to my weight gain, and it would be nice to get rid of those.  Things such as sore knees and ankles, swelling legs, acid reflux and also low energy levels.  I also want to conceive within the next few years, so that’s a motivator as well.  I have PCOS (Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome) which means that I’m going to have to work extra hard to lose weight.  But it’s not impossible.

I started this year (January 2016) at my highest ever weight, and I’ve decided this is the year I need to change.  I have a lot of weight to lose – over one hundred pounds just to get myself into the healthy BMI range.  I haven’t lost much weight since then, about 10 lbs, but now I need to commit and actually change my ways.

The plan:  During this month, I plan to hit 10 000 steps each day, and do some light calisthenics each day as well.  I will eat 5 to 6 small meals a day, consisting primarily of fruit, veggies, and protein.  I’ll weigh in each week to monitor progress.  I know that I’ve started so many diets in the past and failed them, but this time I need to do it.  I turn thirty next year, I’ve had enough.

Let’s do this!

 

31 Day Blogging Challenge!

So I created this blog with the purpose of documenting the growth and change I’m hoping to see in myself.  I haven’t exactly been using it much, despite the fact that I love to write and I’m on my laptop 24/7.  It’s amazing to think about all the distractions that are out there – I can spend hours on Netflix or playing stupid games on my phone.

I want to make this blog a priority in my life.  So, for this month, I’m making a daily blogging goal.  Yup, that’s right.  I’m going to blog each and every day in May.  I’m hoping this is even possible, since I’m going to be doing a lot of traveling this month, but hopefully everywhere I go has wifi.  I’ll have to plan ahead and create some posts ahead of time, but I’ll make it work.

I have a lot going on this month, a lot of big things.  Things like:
– Finish my final practicum placement
– Graduating with my second degree
– Heading back to New Brunswick for a last visit with my dear friends
– Traveling to Halifax for hubby’s immigration interview
– Moving across the country (wtf!) to my home province of Alberta
– Finding employment in said province, and finally
– Finding a place to live out west.

And to top that off, I moved out of my apartment and back in with my parents yesterday!  It’s been crazy, and it’s only going to get worse.  I tend to overthink things and panic when I think about all I have to do, so I’m just going to take it one day at a time and make it all work.  And you, my lucky readers, get to read all about it.

I have a few goals for the month, besides everything that I listed above.

1.  For the month of May, I’m not going to weight myself.  I’m going to give myself a break from the scale, and just enjoy life.  Instead, I will focus on being active.  As in, getting my 10 000 steps a day.  Gotta love my Fitbit!

2.  I plan to document our big move across Canada.  There will be plenty of pictures and stories to share, I’m sure.

3.  I will stay positive!

I’m excited for the adventures that lie ahead, and also excited to document each and every one of them 🙂  Have a wonderful evening!

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the power of social media

I created this blog because I know that I am the type of person who becomes complacent with my sedentary lifestyle.  I need to constantly set goals and work towards something or else I often sit around doing nothing.

The name of this blog itself speaks to the desire to live my life without fear and to actually do something with my life.  I created an instagram account with the same name to track my weight loss progress, since losing weight is a huge (and largely unsuccessful) goal of mine.  On this account I planned to be completely honest, and share everything from my weight to food I ate and workouts I completed.  I didn’t plan on sharing the account with anyone in my real life, because I didn’t really think that they needed to see things like my weight, etc.

But good ol’ Instagram shared with all my contacts that I had this account, and so many of the people I know in real life began following my account.  At first I was so embarrassed, and tempted to delete the account.  It was okay if strangers from the internet saw that stuff, but I felt awkward knowing that people I knew were privy to that information too.  However, I’ve been thinking about it, and maybe this will help to motivate me further.  If everyone knows my weight, it’s more incentive to be successful in my weight loss endeavours.  Social media can be a powerful thing.

Another motivator lately has been my Fitbit account.  I purchased a FitbitScreenshot-2016-01-06-02.22.04-e1452075802386-1200x673 Blaze (review coming soon!) a few weeks ago, and the app has been fantastic.  I love that you can add friends and compete against each other, it’s a fun way to get more activity.  My husband was so impressed by my Blaze that he bought one for himself as well.  We do work week and weekend competitions against each other and it’s a lot of fun.  On the app you can track your caloric intake too, which is nice – it’s very similar to myfitnesspal.com.

In this day and age I feel like I have no excuse not to lose weight.  I’ve yet to be very successful, but utilizing these tools should help.  What do you use to motivate you?