Friday, July 9, 2010

The Epic Struggle

So, I don't know how many of you have this problem (but I'm guessing a fairly large majority), but I have seriously struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. Well, that isn't' entirely accurate, there were a few years where I stopped fighting and let it get out of control. But that was hardly a real solution as all it did was make my health plummet! So, this year I decided to take control. Afterall I had many reasons to stay healthy, the main one is Tom. I love Tom and we are just starting our life together, would hate my laziness and overeating to end it early! 

( - if only I weighed that much!)
In January one of my mom's friends told us about this local Biggest Loser competition held by this awesome lady Raquel! She was sweet enough to put this whole 10-week competition on. And so it began. My mom and I partnered up and while we didn't win the competition, we both lost around 10 lbs (yay). We have both continued in the competitions since and are now in our third round (although, I am partnering with my hubby-to-be this time). So, every Friday we weigh in, which always causes a dilemma on Thursday. How much water do you drink? If I drink too much then it will say I've lost less/gained when I haven't just because no time to "get rid of the excess", but if I don't drink it, that is bad too! So, here it is, Friday of week 4 in the competition and because of the blood donation, I definitely drank too much water! It is quite frustrating I tell you! I hate to work so hard all week and then look at the scale and feel like it was for nothing (I know it is not true, but it still feels like a waste sometimes). 

Yet, I am determined [insert superhero theme song] to continue working my butt off (literally and figuratively) so I can be healthy and cute (here is where my sweet fiancĂ©e would tell me I am already)! Since January I have lost just over 30 pounds and haven't really gained much back (minimal yo-yo'ing) which is a huge success for me. Although, I still have a LONG ways  to go to my goal! 

Some of the skills/resources that have helped me maintain are:
1. WWDiary App for my Android  (semi-weight watchers)
2. Tom and my Mom's regular encouragement and love
3. Couch to 5K 
4. Visions of me in my wedding dress :D
5. Sushi (best low fat/calorie dinners ever!)

For those of you out there in the same battle, how do you do it? How do you keep the motivation up, minimize weight gain, and still enjoy life? 


  1. Sorry Amers! You are doing great and I am so proud of you. You are (already) going to look gorgeous in your dress! I can't wait!! :) Keep up your hard work!! :)

  2. Thanks Natalie! I have faith...I just need to skip the sweets (why oh why is that so difficult?!) lol

  3. I know just how you feel. I actually have a Monday meme called Motivation Monday where me and two other women link up our progress... or lack there of lol. It's great to keep me motivated to eat right and exercise. Thank you so much for checking out my blog today. I'd love if you joined us on Monday. We'd love to come by and motivate you.

  4. Would love to Jeannette! Any extra help is always appreciated. How do I hook up with you guys/gals? :)

  5. 30 pounds is a huge step!! That's very impressive.
    I have a friend who lost 60 pounds this year. She still wants to lose another 15-20, but she looks great. She was extremely motivated. She wakes up at five in the morning to go to the gym before work and sometimes she goes back later for seconds, she has a trainer once a week that kicks her ass and she eats really healthy. No junk food, but yes to frozen yogurt :-).
    That's all the tips I know from watching her.

  6. That is very encouraging! Thank you Jojo :)