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Every January, many of us set unrealistic goals and resolutions that make us feel better about starting another year of our life. It’s almost as if setting these goals will give a fresh start on whatever bad memories we have from the year before. The problem is that these newly mandated rules we set in our lives get set and stick around long enough for us to laugh at the resolutions we made in the first place.
Not this year. I’m not doing it. This year I am making a plan to lose 100 pounds and stick with it until I finish. I know I sound like a hypocrite and just like all the other “unattainable goals” out there, but I’m doing this thing and I want to share my journey with you.
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A few things you should know about me. I haven’t always been fat, but I have always struggled with a “fat mindset”. What I mean by this is my entire life I have struggled with my body image and the way I see myself. Its funny now, when I look back and think … man, if I could only be that “fat” again, I’d be happy. Hopefully you can see the problem that I have just like I see it now.
I am a real mama struggling to take care of herself and stay healthy. It is taking everything in my power to put this out into the world and share my journey, but I want you to know I am doing it because I believe I am not the only one struggling. I believe there are other mamas out there taking care of their high needs kids, their families, their jobs, etc and leaving themselves last on the to-do list. No more.
Starting today, I am here to be raw and real and extremely open about the ups and downs of my journey. I’ve set up a group for anyone interested in joining and getting the support they need too. It doesn’t matter if you have 100 pounds, 200 pounds or 10 pounds to lose. The goal is to feel great and confident in you as the strong mama you are!
So, what’s the plan? Here is where I am starting…
My Plan to Lose 100 Plans and Stick With It
Losing 100 Pounds Isn’t Just About the Numbers on a Scale
You see, I could work and get to my ideal weight and still be unhappy. I’ve done it before. This time around I am vowing to not just lose weight but lose my mindset. I want to feel good. I want to feel confident. I want to believe in myself again. No matter what size I am. For me, I know this starts by changing my habits despite seeing changes in the scale. This also means that I have to make a point to notice what triggers my eating, my weight gain and my slide into unhealthy habits.
This first step in my process to lose 100 pounds is probably the hardest step of all. After all, I didn’t gain 100 pounds overnight by one bad food choice. Instead, I gained weight so slowly that I didn’t even recognize it was happening. It took four years to get to the breaking point. Sure there have been times when I thought it was time to get serious and get healthy again. I would stick to it about 10 to 20 days and then fall off the motivation train. The results were the same. I always ended up with the same mindset and the same bad habits.
Losing 100 Pounds Starts with Realistic Goals
I have so many excuses why I’ve gained the weight. Let’s see, my body magically gains 70 pounds every time I have a baby. Despite losing it after the first two, it didn’t budge with the third. Next, I work from home typing behind a computer and sitting on my backside all day long. Then, there’s the fact that I am raising a child with extremely high needs and we just went through the most hellish year in our parenting life. All of these are factors. I am sure if you are in my boat, you have factors that lead to your weight too, but the truth is… I can take control. You can too.
It all starts with a very realistic goal. I didn’t gain 100 pounds overnight and I am not going to lose it like some infomercial. This is going to take time, and I have to to prep my mindset for the time this is going to take. According to doctors, the healthy weight loss rate is 1-2 pounds a week. If you are like me you have already done the math and realize that seems like an eternity. If I am lucky, I can get this thing done in 50 weeks. ONE YEAR. 351 days. That is a very long time to wait to see my goal come to be.
In the past, I have let that number overwhelm me and stop me from making positive steps forward. Not any more. Starting right now, I am making it my plan to be the tortoise in the race and slowly and healthily lose the weight that gradually built over the last few years until I no longer recognize myself.
Losing 100 Pounds Will Require Healthy Habits
I know that I can’t just say I am going to lose 100 pounds in a year and then not change any of my habits. Currently, I am drinking my calories when I having a bad day. I know this isn’t the best way to be my strongest, healthiest self. I know that if I start with too many crazy habits all at once I will fall flat on my face and give up easily. Instead, I am choosing to pick easy actionable healthy steps that I think I can change today.
- Drink more water (I wasn’t drinking any)
- Track the foods I eat (all of them)
- Eat whole (unprocessed foods)
- Get at least 30 minutes of active time at least 5 days a week.
- Check in with my accountability group at least once a day.
So what next? What am I doing now to get started with my goal?
- Weight Tracker: I am an extremely visual person, so I made a weight loss tracker that is helping me break down the 100 pounds so it just doesn’t feel so scary. What I love about this tracker is that I can literally count down every single pound I lose through something I love to do (coloring).
Download your weight loss tracker here.
- Small Rewards: I also know that I work best when I have rewards and challenges. Everyone has a different personality and knowing how you work best will help you success with your goals. For me, setting small goals for every 10 pounds I lose are perfect incentives to keep pushing to the next level (Even if the big goal still seems so far away).
- A Support System: When I got started, I knew I couldn’t do this alone. I knew I needed other people to push me on days I felt awful or my kid had a meltdown. I knew I needed people to rally together and check in with to hold me accountable. I started a small group with some blogger friends and it has been one of my favorite places to hang out since I started this journey. But it didn’t feel right. I wanted to start a group with you, my dearest readers that have been through thick and thin with me. I want to grow a support system around each other and give you a place to fall and rise during your journey (no matter how big or small). So, I’ve made a group JUST FOR US. Now, we don’t have to be alone in this journey any more.
I am excited to share this journey with you but I am extremely nervous about opening up and sharing this very raw part of my life. My hope is that I am not the only one needed a village to go through this journey with. Will you join me? I can’t promise you a quick scheme or pounds to fall off like leaves from a tree. What I can promise is real. Real struggles. Real obstacles. Real life. Real support.
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