Good Monday Morning Everybody!!
I am still responding to the awesome emails and comments I received after my post about taking control of my weight and blood sugar levels. They were all awesome and supportive and informative. Some people revealed things about themselves that were surprising, like losing giant amounts of weight. Anything over 20 pounds is giant to me because that's the most I've ever lost in one general weight loss effort. Sixty pounds for one person, over 100 pounds for another. That's so inspiring and I always think "if someone else can do it, I can."
A few people suggested that we could start some kind of a support group to encourage each other in our efforts to lose weight. I think that's a REALLY awesome idea!! I love getting "way to go!" emails and comments and I love cheering other people on in their efforts to do ANYTHING!
I am starting a Weight Loss Challenge category on my blog and will be doing updates on Mondays. If anyone else would like to join in the Weight Loss Challenge I'll be happy to link to their blogs when I do my Weight Loss Challenge Updates. Everyone can set their own goals and can decide how they'll reach that goal, and we'll all benefit from the encouragement we get from each other. Tell as much or as little about your goal setting as you want - information sharing should be within your own comfort zone. Leave a comment or email me if you'd like to be included in the Weight Loss Challenge!
I have always worked best with short term specific goals. If I meet the goal then I can set another specific goal. One source of inspiration I've had for this Weight Loss Challenge is Jessi from Fat Girl's Guide to Triathalons. Quite a while back she set weight loss and exercise goals and posted updates about once a week. She also occasionally posted updated pictures of herself. She's a beautiful lady and I just kept thinking "I want to do this too." She was REALLY open and candid about her progress and her weaknesses. Last fall when I was trying to lose some weight before court I thought "I'll just tell my short term goals on the blog - I don't want to tell my real weight." Well, it's not pretty. Shocking to some people. Anybody that says "oh, I'm ____ [weight]" or what their highest weight was at some certain time (usually when pregnant) I think, Oh my gosh they'd faint if they knew how much I weigh right now. But I'm okay with that now. I've yammered on about a lot of personal things on here. I don't care if anyone knows how much I weigh. If I DON'T put it out there, it's just something I can gloss over. Or possibly fudge the true numbers about it. It'll keep me honest and keep me motivated to lose weight and keep it off if I tell my starting weight.
So here goes. My goals and data.
Weight Loss Challenge: April 16 - June 15
Starting Weight: 213.5 pounds
Height: 5' 5"
Goal: lose 20 pounds by June 15
As a long term goal I'd really like to get down to 150 but let's see how I do with 20 pounds. If I get there it'll be time for another goal setting session.
I picked June 15 as my goal date because that's the day I leave to attend the Estes Park Wool Market in Estes Park, Colorado. It will be my first wool festival-faire-market kind of event and enjoying the trip, the mountains, the food, and most of all, the friends that I will meet there will be a really REALLY awesome reward for losing 20 pounds. I'll have to think of some way to assign shopping rewards to actual pounds lost. hehe
So there it is y'all. My real starting point. At the moment I have no actual plan on the way I'm going to reach the goals but this morning I walked for 35 minutes at the Y. Exercising on Monday and Wednesday is a realistic plan for me because it works well with our schedule. I'm also hoping to pick a diet/menu plan to follow which will help curb food temptations. Losing a few pounds and having the deadline coming will motivate me to add more exercise, I hope.
Update on Katie: Still not certain about the arm. I'll probably take her into the doctor tomorrow morning because if I don't it'll probably always nag at me in the back of my mind that I should have. My guess is that it's a sprain - there is no visible swelling or bruising. She's wearing the splint and taking ibuprophen so we'll see how it feels when she gets home from school today. She already has a follow-up to go back to the eye doctor after school today so they can see how she's been doing with her contacts. She's doing so great with them you'd think she's been wearing them for years.
On The Needles: Simple Trekking Socks (color #105) for me; a Shedir cap for my SIL's mother in EL Silky Wool color#10 - sort of a stonewashed denim color - this time a chemo cap for real. Keep her in your prayers.
Out Of The Dye Pot: Two skeins of merino/silk blend sock yarn in hand painted Hufflepuff colors (black and yellow). I hope to have a knit sample tomorrow for the Hogwarts Sock Swap group. If nobody other there wants the 2nd skein I'll offer it over here. Obviously the 1st skein is for my swap pal if I like the way it stripes. I'm going for a striping effect and keeping my fingers crossed that I've learned a thing or two from all the dyeing I've done up until now. (note the very scientific finger crossing) I'm using the Jaquard black and wow, I just love it. Photos to come.
Babies this morning in the back yard:
Have a great week!! :)