Sunday, January 23, 2011

Weighing In

I'm trying to lose weight.

I don't think that makes me unique. Who isn't trying to lose weight anymore? Everyone I know is trying to lose weight or exercise more or lose weight.

I really don't think that I'm that overweight. If you go buy my height and weight, though, I'm obese. I'm 5'11" and (as of this morning) I weigh 186 pounds. This is me (in the black) at the Science Center a few weeks ago:

I don't think I look terrible, but I definitely have some weight to lose. My goal weight is 160. Anything from 145 - 170 is considered a healthy weight for my height but I remember being 160 (it was a loooooong time ago) and it was a good weight for me. I have wide hips (even wider after two kids!) and anything less than 160 is way too skinny.

Like I said, I remember 160. I still wasn't happy with my body. So, I've done a lot of thinking about it and have decided what I'm going to do.

My goal is to get down to 160 pounds. However, that is just in the short-term. My long-term goal is to get healthy. I want to eat healthy. I want to exercise regularly. That means going to the gym, but it also means taking walks, going swimming, playing outside with the kids.

I want to make changes that will stick for the rest of my life. That not only means changes for me but changes for the rest of the family, too. It means yogurt or fresh fruit or cheese and crakcers for a snack. It means cutting way back on processed or packaged foods. It means seasoning food with herbs and spices, not butter or salt.

I deserve it. They deserve it.

I would love to hit 160 by my anniversary in July. But if I don't I won't be upset. My main goal here is to make changes and the right ones. If I can do that and turn it into habit for all of us by July I'll be happy.


  1. Well I think you look gorgeous, but the goal of being healthy is the best approach! Lot's of luck! I know you can do it!

  2. You mean fruit and yogurt *instead* of cheese and crackers, right? Most cheese and crackers are laden with fat, salt, preservatives, and in the cracker case, sugar. (If I wasn't addicted to cheese I would be soooooooooooo skinny!)

  3. p.s. eating healthy isn't just about the weight. It's about a healthy lifestyle, and a healthy life that goes with it. There are foods that have properties that prevent illnesses, including many cancers. I find it fascinating to research them - I bet you would, too.

  4. Well, the kids need some of the fat that cheese has in it for brain development. And with crackers, they only get 4-5 a piece so I'm not worried about those. You're right, it's not the best option out there, but it's better than some. :)