June 20, 2011

A Bump in the Road

Have you ever had one of those moments where you sort of lurch and bump over something...you're not sure if it was just a discrepancy in the road, or if you actually hit something that could damage your car, you, or was itself damageable?

Well, I had one of those moments last week. I put on a pair of jeans because it was cold (yes, really, it was cold - in the low 50s at noon). Well, when I put on the jeans that I had recently purchased because all of my others were too small, imagine my surprise when they were so tight I could barely get them past my thighs! That is right - I was unable to get them on.

I hadn't stepped on a scale since before we left, so I hastily jumped on and was really disappointed to learn that I'd not only put back on what I just lost, but more!!! Augh!

I know in the grand scheme of things going on in the world around us that this is truly just a bump...but I know how hard I worked to lose that weight. I know how important it is to keep myself healthy and strong and be fit. My family's medical history does not bode well for those who do not take care of themselves in this arena...

Just as I was about to pitch my case to BB to rework our budget to allow me to get either a membership to our YMCA, or Rec Center, or one of the numerous gyms in town for the summer, my friend sent out an email and FB idea of doing a challenge group wherein the winner (largest % of weight loss) would get some snazzy gifts! I decided to join, and went today to get my official weigh-in and body fat calculation out of the way.

I am dismayed, but am putting this on here...I would appreciate your prayers and happy thoughts, good vibes, whatever positive stuff you've got to send my way...

I am 5'4", 165lbs, and currently have a 34.6% body fat. Needless to say I am now officially, if not medically, classified as obese.

My goal over the next 8 weeks is a 20lb weight loss. I know the normal safe amount is 1 - 2 pounds weekly, but I also know I can sustain the 2.5lb mark that will earn me this goal.

It's not a ton. In fact, I look at it, and know that my long-term goal is twice that and that my goal to reach 125 is by my birthday in November. I haven't done any calculations as to how long that gives me to lose the weight, or how that breaks down to the amount of calories I need to burn each day or week, or whatever...I only know that I will lose this weight.

I will lose 20 pounds over the next 8 weeks. I will lose 40 pounds by November.

I have too much to lose if I don't.


Inkling said...

How do they measure percentage of body fat? I remember doing that eons ago in school, but can't remember what they used or how they figured it.

If it's any consolation, I'm almost four inches shorter than you and only a little bit less in the weight department. What's crazy is that when I look in the mirror, as long as I ignore the fact that my waistline doesn't exactly exist right now, I don't feel that big. It's just when I see pictures of me or try to fit into the clothes I wore just after giving birth that I realize there is major work to be done.

I'm with you, cheering you on. I know what the jean scenario is like. Even my "fat" crop pants from last summer are too tight this year, so I know I'm going backwards again. I'd lost about ten pounds recently, but gained it all back with a few week binge of constant chocolate. I'm such an emotional eater these days. You are way more motivated than me, and I'm positive you CAN do this and WILL do this! Go, Kork, Go!!!!!!!

Penny said...

I am right there with ya, girly! I need to lose weight..I work at it, but it is the hardest thing to do...I know you will do it...I know you can and I will pray for you that you will reach all your goals..good luck!!

Layla said...

In the same boat! Stupid surgeries and recovery made me gain about 20 lbs. I've been eating far less calories and eating clean for almost three weeks now, haven't lost a pound. Been working out for about a week, haven't lost a pound. Okay, body. Whatever. I need a challenge! The only one I've found had a $70 buy in. Uhhh, no thanks.

Sarah @ Ordinary Days said...

You can do it! I'm rooting for you! )