From Fat and Frumpy to Fit and Fabulous in Fifteen Months (?)

You may wonder WHO the header of this post refers to.  Well, gentle reader, that would be ME.  After stepping on the scale a few weeks back, I have determined that I am going to get back to a better version of me.

Sure, I have plenty of excuses as to why the scale hasn’t budged (at least in the RIGHT direction) for the last few years.  Some of these include:

  1. I’m over 40 now and my metabolism has dropped to seemingly nothing.
  2. I’m on medications that can cause puffiness and weight gain.
  3. I do my elliptical or treadmill at least 3-4 days each week, so the extra weight is “muscle“.
BabyBeth

Ok, maybe I don’t want to go QUITE that far back in time, but I was definitely a LOT littler (and cuter) in this photo! 😉

There may well be some truth to all of the above, but I’ve decided that despite my litany of reasons why I don’t see the little, smaller, cuter me looking back in the mirror, I am determined that I WILL someday see her again. 🙂

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My plan is to see THIS me (albeit with a few more wrinkles, and no doubt a bit warmer outfit) looking back in the mirror by November of 2016! 🙂

My wonderful hubby presented me with an early birthday gift, a FitBit Charge HR.  Don’t worry; he knew I had researched the various devices and really wanted to get the FitBit.  He is awesome and says he loves me no matter what, so it was not a push to get me to look better. ❤  I want to do it for me so that I can be healthier, be around longer for my family and wear adorable outfits and even skinny jeans again.

I know I have a LONG journey ahead of me.  I like food too much to restrict my calories to nearly nothing, so based on limiting my calories by about 250/day, the MyFitnessPal app which I’m using to track food and exercise, tells me that I can reach my goal and be 30.2 lbs lighter by November of 2016.  YIKES!!!  I know, I know, waiting 15 months to see my fitness goals realized seems like a very long time.  I’m hoping that I can reach it before then, but I also know that I need to stick with a system that is easy and one in which I don’t restrict every food item that I have liked up to this point.  I’m going to try the same tactic with food as I have with my belongings.  If it does not or will not bring me joy, I will avoid it.  This leaves me room to have the pizza, steak, pasta or desserts that I love, but as a treat that I savor and not a dish that I devour. 🙂

By posting this on my little blog, I am taking a step toward more accountability.  With the help of my new FitBit and my MapMyWalk, MyFitnessPal and FitBit apps and encouragement from my family, friends and all of you lovely readers, I hope to be able to be happier, healthier and smokin’ hot (haha) by the finale of my fifteen month foray!   🙂 I’ve managed to stick to my 8000 steps a day goal, even though I’m sometimes walking around my house or walking in place in my bedroom to complete it! 😉

If it’s gonna be, it’s up to me!  (Words of wisdom from a former Weight Watchers Coach)  Wish me luck!

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About Beth W.

I try to look for the positive in the people and situations I come in contact with! I believe in the power of positive thinking and I believe that even challenging circumstances can be learning experiences if we have a positive mindset! I'm having fun blogging at: http://picturingpositive.com
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4 Responses to From Fat and Frumpy to Fit and Fabulous in Fifteen Months (?)

  1. Todd Weber says:

    I know you can do it! You are off to a great start! You forgot to mention that you gained 155 pounds when you married me! Ha ha!! I will be cheering you on the whole way….. Now, when can we get that pizza? 😉

  2. mavimet says:

    Good for you. I’ve had my FitBit since September last year and have slowly lost 36 lbs. One more app that you might like is Walking4Fun. It takes your steps & miles and has you walking trails all around the world (although mostly in the U.S). Tomorrow I will finish the Arizona Trail, which included the Grand Canyon. There are pictures showing the scenery as you progress. Have fun!

    • Beth W. says:

      Wow!!! Good for you!! I’m hoping I can have a similar success story by this time next year 😃. I will definitely check out that app. It sounds like a fun (& motivational) way to get walking in. Thanks for the advice and encouragement! 😃

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