If you know me…. really know me, you know that I am an extremely competitive person. All you have to do is add me to a challenge on the FitBit App and know that I will do everything in my power to get more steps than you to a fault. I’m sorry, it’s how God made me and I really do my best to use this power for good and not evil, I promise!
Craig knows this about me so he has decided to engage me in a competition and I couldn’t be more excited (and scared) about it.
I really, really, really want to be a big loser.
You see, I have battled with my weight, and food, my whole life.
It started back when I was 7 and we had recently moved to southern California from east Tennessee. That is my first memory of starting to put on a good amount of weight and when I can remember the focus of many of my days being centered around food. I loved food and all growing up, I could eat as much of it as I wanted and I could eat anything I wanted. If I was sad, I would eat. If I was happy, I would eat. Our house was always full of soda and hot pockets and cookies… and I would partake in it all.
I was my heaviest as a kid when I graduated high school, weighing around 220 pounds.
When I was 19, I found myself in a horrible relationship that felt completely out of control to me. At this point, I stopped eating. I would go days without letting a drop of food into my mouth. If I would eat, I could tell you exactly how many calories I had and I would even sometime skip class to exercise in order work it off. I became obsessed with controlling my weight and over the span of several months, I lost more weight than I care to admit. To me, I looked AMAZING for the first time in my life, but I was horribly miserable. I finally admitted to my parents what I was doing and they encouraged me to get the help I so desperately needed.
When I met Craig I was getting out of a horrible marriage and getting back into these destructive eating habits. I weighed 140 pounds and to hear him tell it, I looked too thin. When we got full custody of the kids back in 2003, I started gaining weight again as a result of not coping with stress in a healthy way. Over the years my weight went up and down, up and down…. and I felt miserable because of it.
In our married life, I was my heaviest in 2010 when I hit my all-time high of 280 pounds. At this point, I began a long, painful journey of finally laying my food-issues to rest and eventually got down to 189 pounds in 2014 after Craig was diagnosed with MS and we radically changed our diet. I felt soooo good and I am actually surprised at how well I have done with not gaining too much back from that time, now that we are 2 years in the future.
Last year, completing 2 big moves within 3 months of each other just about did me in. That coupled with the fact that the food in St Louis is AMAZING… I have really struggled with my healthy food habits since our move 8 months ago. I have hovered around the same weight since our move here, but I am tired of it and I’m more than ready to kick this up a notch and FINALLY hit my health goals by Losing it in the Lou!
So, Craig and I began this challenge this past Sunday (April 10, 2016) and it will continue until October 10,2016.
- 6 months
- most weight lost
- winner receives $1,000 cash money
Craig has already figured out how to save this amount in our monthly budget and I couldn’t be more excited to WIN!
So, why am I telling you?
Well, I need you to help hold me accountable, for one. Secondly, I need your help with tips, motivation, a shoulder to cry on… ALL OF IT! The good news is that Craig really wants me to win, too, because he really is my biggest cheerleader… but I have BEGGED him to stay competitive with me to keep US going!
I’m super excited about this and I know I will be victorious because I’m completely changing my diet back to Wahl’s Protocol. No more special treats all. the. time. Ugh! I always feel my best when I eliminate dairy, grains, sugar and gluten from my diet and focus on eating mostly organic fruits and vegetables with some grass-fed, non-hormone meats. I want to be finished with this nonsense once and for all!
No more emotional eating
No more compromise
No more food rewards
Lots of moving my feet
Interested in doing your own couples challenge right along with us? OH, what fun!
Here are 5 Tips to start your own weight loss challenge:
1. Weigh in with your partner
2. Log your starting weight
- A fun idea is to write it with a dry erase marker ON YOUR BATHROOM MIRROR! (Talk about daily motivation and accountability!)
3. Chose your timeline (1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year?)
- Our’s is 6 months… just in time for my 41st birthday! (Remember my list of 40 before 41?)
4. Chose how often you will weigh in (once or twice a week? once a month?)
- We weigh in the morning, every Sunday.
5. Choose the prize. (Let’s brainstorm some ideas for weekly/ monthly weigh-in prizes and BIG end-game prize!)
- both throw in $100. Winner takes all.
- loser buys dinner/movie date.
- loser does dishes till next weigh in.
- winner gets to chose next family vacation destination.
- loser has to do and fold laundry.
5. Try to weigh in with your partner (so there’s no cheating)
Our starting weights?
I’ll be updating all of you beautiful people on our progress every Tuesday here on the blog. I’m confident we will ALL be victorious! Oh, and I do hope you’ll join in with a challenge of your own! I’d love to hear all about it in a comment below!
Let’s get this party started! *wink