Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Age Happens, but it won’t stop #BiggestLoser at Work. Week One. #striiv #myfitnesspal

Hello! And welcome to my 16 week journey with the Biggest Loser at Work. Thank you to my partner’s #striiv and #myfitnesspal for your assistance.

Here I am at age 42: a mom, aircraft inspector, author, and battling the bulge. No, I haven’t always been overweight. For those who knew me way back yonder, I was an athlete. I think, to my parent’s despair, I joined every team available in high school except for football. Cross Country, Basketball, and Track were the main ones occupying my time in High School. I went on to play college basketball at a very small and unknown facility until I broke my foot and my basketball career ended.

While in college I married, had two children, and lost all the baby fat that I gained during the pregnancies. Then came the miscarriage, divorce, single parenting with a hostile ex, and long hours at work to make ends meet. But now, my children are adults, I no longer have to deal with my hostile ex, and my work load has eased...some. Although, now my time is spent sitting in front of a computer when I am not at work as an aircraft inspector.

That brings me to this: The Biggest Loser at Work challenge. 16 weeks.

I wasn’t going to sign up for several reasons, but I know I need to lose weight and get healthy. I didn’t want to pay the entry fee. I didn’t want to be held accountable. I didn't want to be embarrassed. I didn't and still don't want to be a failure.

Why, pray tell,  did I sign up then?

A couple of guys at work – each who has lost in excess of sixty pounds – told me they would “sponsor” me and so I joined. What did I do??? 

Knowing I will be facing the scale each week is frightening. Did I mention that the percentage of weight loss that each participant loses is displayed on a big screen television in every hangar. In addition, an email is sent out to every employee and they can see if you are doing the work or not. Oh, silly me for not mentioning that very important and potentially embarrassing fact. Now, there is motivation!

My first weigh in was Friday, February 21, 2014. The final will be June 19, 2014. When I saw the number displayed, disgust filled me. However, as my supportive sister pointed out – that is the largest number ever to show on the scale; from here on out, it will decrease. As most people know, you can’t succeed at anything without a plan. What is my plan, you ask?

Here is my plan:

1.) Juicing fruits and vegetables combined with lean protein.

2.) Exercising daily.

3.) Drink plenty of water – minimal 64 ounces a day.

4.) Cut out junk food. Goodbye for now chocolate...

5.) Decrease caffeine intake – Dr. Pepper, you are my weakness. I can go about 4 days without one and the caffeine withdrawals hit.

6.) Track my food intake to exercise output through using my Striiv pedometer, affectionately named Chuckleberry, and a website called my fitness pal. Want to join my on my fitness pal? We can be friends!

Is this enough? I don’t know. I sure hope so. Not only will my health benefit from this program if it works, there is an opportunity to win close to $1500. Money is great incentive!

I’ve decided to journal my progress and how I am doing each week. The good and the bad. I hope you will travel this journey with me and share insights along the way.

I decided I would share some photos along this journey. Here are some when I was much, much younger.

19 years old - size 5/6 dress

My grandmother, myself at 23 yrs old after having both my children, and shown is my youngest son at age 8 months. 

4 comments:

  1. Good luck with the program; am also your fitness pal :-)

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  2. I love this entry ... and, by the way, you did not mention the posting of how well you do in every hangar or about the emails!!!! A aaaaggggghhhhh!!!! But you are going to do great, you are going to feel fantastuc, and you are going to look mah-ve-lous darling!!!!

    Keep posting! Love you!!!

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    1. Thanks Bethany for your support- yeah the public display at work is a bit apprehensive but I just need to shift my focus :) love you too!

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