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Losing it.

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It’s a little late, but happy 2014, y’all.

It’s been pretty quiet around these parts lately. One of the most exciting (/challenging) things going on is that I decided, somewhat on a whim, to take part in a local hospital’s Pound Plunge. It’s a 12-week weight-loss challenge of sorts, although I hate calling it that. Basically: each week Pound Plungers have to check in and weigh in. Whoever loses the most over the challenge wins prizes.

I’m doubtful that I’ll win anything, but the bigger premise of making changes like eating better and getting regular exercise drew me in.

My second weigh-in (the first one after the initial one) was last week, and even though I’ve only lost a little under a pound, it’s going well enough, I think. My friend badgered me into using the My Fitness Pal app and to record every calorie and minute on the treadmill.

So, I’ve been dragging myself to the gym four times a week and counting everything and trying to eat more veggies and fruit and less of the bad stuff.

It’s hard, yo.

I am a Cheez-It-aholic and I love pop and I while I like cooking, I hate doing dishes (I don’t have a dishwasher in my tiny kitchen). Also, fast food is too easy to get through the work week.

Reading into how diet is so important to weight loss has been really eye-opening, too. I’ve been checking nutrition info websites/labels a lot more.

I’m not sure where this will take me, or even if I’ll lose much, but I think only good stuff can really come out of getting on the bandwagon with this.

I’ve been overweight most of my life, and, in recent years, clinically obese. Sidenote: I hate writing that out and feeling like it’s a word that applies to me, because I don’t see myself as that. ‘Obese’ seems like it’s only for the people who drink liters of pop a day or get stuck in their homes.

Back to the point: it’s really time to do something about it. The amount of weight I’d like to lose is a pretty big number, but maybe breaking it down into small things I can do (and fixing some of my not-so-healthy habits) will make it more manageable.

Anyways. I’ll keep updating periodically here about this and we’ll see where this goes! Wish me a little luck and a lot of willpower! 🙂

Written by Jessica

January 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm