Saturday, February 25, 2012

What is this all about? - 100 Days of Weight Loss

So, if you are reading this then you either a good friend, my Mom (hi Mom!), or you are the kind of person who can't look away from a train wreck.  Yes, I'm referring to myself as a train wreck!  It doesn't really matter which you are because I am glad that you are here...and I hope that you will be willing to drop a line of encouragement every now and again.

So, what is this all about?  I have started this blog because I'm bored and I don't have nearly enough to do.  Ok, just kidding.  That is so far from true.  Honestly, I started this blog because I just wanted to do it.  I am struggling in my own skin.  I have gained up to an all-time high with my weight and I desperately want to get it back down.  I have so many thoughts flying through my mind and my family blog just doesn't seem like the place to put it all out there.

When I set my news years "goals" this year I was determined that I was NOT going to set "lose weight" as a goal.  I never actually end up losing weight, and each year I think I end up more discouraged than the year before.  In fact, many of you may remember, a long while ago I had a weight-loss blog called "Going To Health in a Handbasket".  Where did that blog go?  I don't know?  I guess somebody wanted my domain name...because that blog just disappeared out of my dashboard.  Being the creative genius that I am (lol) I found a new and improved blog name and I'm ready to roll.

I had mentioned to my husband last night "I think I'm going to start blogging my weight loss journey...oh never mind...I'm not sure I want that kind of accountability.  When I snarf it, then everybody will know..."  Maybe that isn't a bad thing over all?  I then decided that just blogging a weight loss journey would lead to the same result as last time.  I'd quit.  I need a challenge.  Something to keep me motivated.  So, I've decided to try blogging  at least 100 days of weight loss.

I'll be using the  book by 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle.  I have a connection with this author in a couple of ways.  First of all, I had never heard of her until I was in college in Denver.  Her husband was one of the greatest teachers at our school, I took several classes with him.  Dr. Spangle was amazing.  Back in 2003-2004 my hubby and I went through several rounds of fertility treatments...all unsuccessful.  Then 1 big round of IVF which drained our bank accounts.  I went to school one night...(after receiving a negative result from IVF that afternoon) in tears.  Dr. Spangle spoke with me and expressed empathy, mentioning that he and his wife suffered from three, yes THREE, stillborn births.  I was shocked.  I knew they were childless...but I had always assumed it was a choice.  I knew his wife had written a book and out of curiosity to know what she was all about I read her book Life Is Hard, Food Is Easy.  In this book Linda shares how the devastation from the loss of their babies encouraged her to turn to food for solace...and how she found happiness again and lost the weight she had gained while drowning her misery in food.

My heart ached for the Spangles...my heart aches for me too.  Infertility is hard and drowning your sorrows in chocolate feels so good.  Unfortunately it comes with a trap - one that is so hard to escape once it has you in its clutches.

Now, several years later I learned that Linda Spangle had another book out called 100 Days of Weight Loss, the secret to being successful on any diet plan.  This isn't a typical weight loss book.  There are no recipes...there are no diet recommendations...there are no 'eat this-not that' sections.  It is a book that focuses solely on your mind.  It focuses on the realities behind emotional eating, motivation, and attitude.  I bought the book, and a couple of years ago I received the 100 Days Quick Start Guide as a PDF that I printed and had spirally bound so I could write in it.  (Unfortunately this is a perk of membership now - no longer a free download).  You don't need the Quick Start Guide to follow along...the info is also found in the book.  You would just need to journal it in a notebook, or blog, or whatever.
To learn more about Linda Spangle, the 100 Day Challenge, to sign up for her newsletter, etc...check out her website at www.weightlossjoy.com.

Today is day 0.  It's official.  I'm going to start tomorrow with Day 1.

I started Weight Watchers several weeks ago (I haven't done well by any means after our huge vacation to Disney and another 2 weeks off plan due to extreme laziness and procrastination).  My starting weight was 190.  Oh.  I can't believe that I'm even putting that out there in cyberspace.  That is just a painful number to look at.  My ideal weight, for my height (I'm 5'5") is probably in the 140s.  I can't believe that I need to lose 50 pounds.  That seems so insurmountable! 

I hope to blog as often as possible.  I want to at least blog 100 days.  Maybe not consecutive days...but, I'll try.  If anybody wants to follow along I'd be grateful for the company.  If you want to read either of Linda Spangle's books, here are the links:

1 comment:

  1. Hi there - I also just started blogging my first 100 days on SYD so I'm grateful to have your blog to keep me company :). Thanks for your courage in putting your thoughts & feelings out there for us to share! Cheering for you!

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