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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Weight Loss Challenge

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OK, I'm in! I've been digging out my old Weight Watchers stuff over the last few weeks, and then when the girls over on Tales from the Scale issued their challenge, I took it as a sign that it was time for me to get myself together.

Before I was pregnant with BabyBoy, I had lost about 12 pounds doing WW on my own... I got the information online and figured out the points system. It really wasn't too hard, and I kind of made it into a game for myself to balance my points and still eat my favorite foods.

Then, pregnancy, and the multiple health issues.... severe hyperemesis, a medication pump with a needle in my leg 24/7, lots of bedrest... shall I go on? There were only a handful of foods that I could keep down, even with all my medications. I actually lost 13 more pounds while pregnant, but before you roll your eyes at me, let me tell you... that much illness while you're trying to sustain a new life is not the way to go.

After BabyBoy was born, I was so happy that we both survived (quite literally) that I decided I would let myself eat anything I wanted for a month. That month turned into two.. and then three.... and now BabyBoy is ten months old. Ahem.

So.... here I am. I would like to say that I'm going to get down to what I weighed ten years ago, but that was two kids ago, and I just don't think it's realistic. So, I'm aiming to lose 25 pounds during this challenge.

We're supposed to "post on your blog about your weight loss struggles, goals, motivations and frustrations".

Struggles? I'm addicted to Mountain Dew, which is a LOT of empty calories. I also LOVE to cook, and I tend to cook things with lots of cheese, sauce, gravy, and any other high-fat thing that I should be avoiding. It's not that I don't like & know how to prepare healthier foods... I just don't do it often enough.
Goals? I covered this one already... I'm aiming for 25 lbs. lost by September.
Motivations? Not feeling good about the way I look, and some health issues that can be greatly improved if I am more careful with what I eat.
Frustrations? I fall into old habits quickly. It shouldn't be any harder for me to pour a glass of cold sugar-free lemonade than it is to grab a Mountain Dew, but for some reason, it is.

Now that this post has turned into a novel, LOL, I'm going to go visit the other participants. I'll also be updating my sidebar this evening with some of my favorite weight loss sites-- maybe some of those will be useful to others who are taking on this challenge! Good luck!!


  1. I am taking the challenge too, I will cheer you on. I wish you much success.

  2. Hi Amy- I'm doing the challenge too and I just wanted to stop by and cheer you on!

  3. "that much illness while you're trying to sustain a new life is not the way to go" Right there with you... I lost the same amount of weight during the first five months of carrying twins. Severe nausea is not wirth the weight loss! Thanks for your comment on my site!

  4. Hi Amy, thanks for your kind message of support on my blog. Just wanted to say that we can do this!

  5. Thanks for popping in over at my blog - I need all the encouragement I can get, especially the first few weeks! Blessings!

  6. Hi Amy! I stopped by last night because I, too, saw you were an Amy! I couldn't get your page to load completely last night for some reason though...anyhoo...

    Why does Mt. Dew have to be SO de-lish? I have gotten used to the diet, but it does not compare!

    I will be praying for ALL of us to have much success with our goals!

  7. I'm in, too. I thought this would be good for a jump-start to do what I needed to do anyway, but hadn't counted on the way the support would be such a boost.


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