I feel like this picture pretty much sums up my weight loss battle...
I'm that classic gung-ho NY's resolution maker, who signs up for whatever "challenge" my local gym is having at the beginning of the year to help motivate those who think they are gonna turn their life around magically on Jan. 1st. If I'm lucky, I may even keep the motivation going into February, but typically by March, life starts to get in the way... then comes spring & summer and our long lake weekends (which include alcohol & all sorts of unhealthy snacks). Typically we have a long vacation at some point during the summer, which definitely involves a ton of indulging (this year it was a 2-week one - 1st week on a cruise & 2nd one at DisneyWorld). By the fall, I've usually managed to locate some newfound motivation, and I've managed to work in a 5K Color Run each September w/ the family for the last couple of years, but as the holidays approach again, my motivation wanes, and come Dec 31st, I'm right back where I was at the beginning of the year, having undone any "progress" I may have made during any point throughout the year.
This MUST come to an end if I am ever going to reach my goal weight... and these days, it is becoming even more important that I do this! As those who have been w/ me throughout my many years of SP participation know, I had to have a partial hip replacement back in Jan 2011. The older I get, I've noticed that my hip is not handling the extra weight like it did right after the surgery. So, for pain issues... it is imperative that I get some of this weight off or I'm not gonna be able to workout anymore! In addition to this, I have some serious "personal" motivation factors that just developed in the past month...
#1 - I am gonna be a first-time grandma! I'm young enough to be an active g-ma... now I just need to make myself fit enough to be one... cuz I plan on being able to run & play w/ my grandbabies!
#2 - My son just became engaged to his boyfriend last weekend, and since they are both Disney fanatics (and work at DisneyWorld), they are planning a pretty nice Disney wedding. I am bound & determined to be at my goal weight by their wedding... and thankfully, they are giving me 2 1/2 yrs to get there so I can do it the right way... the healthy way... and I have every intention of doing just that!
I've been participating in Biggest Loser Challenges each season for almost 2 years now (my first was fall of 2013)... and I am typically "a little successful" each time (never quite reach the goal I set for myself, but at least knock a few lbs off the scale)... but then I slack off during the 2-3 week breaks b/t each one, and usually undo any good that I just achieved. Our BL Summer Challenge begins this week... and I am going to prove to myself this time that I CAN reach my goal during one of these challenges! I would like to lose b/t 75-100 lbs. before the boys' wedding... and I have 7 challenges to do that in... so if I can lose b/t 10-15 lbs. each time, then I should be able to easily reach my goal weight!
I would appreciate any and all support, motivation, accountability... even the occasional boot to the butt if it is needed (and trust me, it will be at some point... LoL). All of my previous success I credit to the wonderful members here on SP who encourage and/or push me to succeed... with/out ya'll, I would never make any progress at all. And away we go...
(UPDATED to post my starting weight & measurements on 6/9...)
Weight: 263.6 lbs.
Body fat %: 42.4 %
Upper arms: 15.5 in.
Chest: 49 in.
Waist: 49.25 in.
Hips: 53.25 in.
Thighs: 28 in.
Calves: 18 in.