02 May 2014

a little too fluffy: an intro

If you're one of the ten or so long-time readers of my blog, you know that posts the last year have been spotty, at best. I've struggled with knowing what I want to post and living a relatively boring life. I'm guessing you don't want to know about how much I love Downton Abbey after binge-watching almost every episode since January. (I have four to go in the fourth season, so no spoilers, puh-lease.) Or about how my husband and our BFFs made me watch all of the Harry Potter movies in a six month period and I LOVED THEM so much. Basically, I love television and movies. That's not great blog content.

And here's the deal: I don't take pictures. Of course, sitting on the couch watching television for how ever many hours we've done is a bit boring. But the real reason is that I don't like myself in pictures. Since getting married, I've put on some happy weight. In fact, I put on way too much. We have approximately 12 pictures of years 2-4 of our adventures. And we do some fun stuff! I mean, we have scenery, but none of us. Because I don't want to be in them. I haven't wanted to look at me.

I'd had enough of that so mid-December, I joined Weight Watchers. I'd done it before, and it worked. I lost weight over the entire holiday season. Which is nuts. Then I lost weight over Valentine's Day and my birthday. I enjoyed all of these, but had so much more control over food. And believe me, I ate. I keep Trader Joe's Cookie Butter in my pantry, so I'm not surviving on dry chicken and broccoli. I'm not that person!

Now that spring is here (or not since it's chilly again), and I've been doing this for five months, my motivation is lagging a  bit. And I desperately want to shed another ten pounds before our summer vacation in mid-June. So this week on Instagram, I saw the call to join A Little Too Fluffy. It's a little weight loss competition.

Y'all. This is totally out of character for me. But it isn't the first thing I've done this year that qualifies as such. Which is probably why I joined--I have a bit more confidence. But still, it makes me nervous! I lose weight suuu-per slowly. It's frustrating sometimes, but I've learned it's the way my body works. So, the likelihood of me taking home any dollars at the end is pretty dang low. Also, it's really a challenge for me to be honest about these things. Although I'm a (neglectful) blogger, I'm reserved and a low-discloser. Maybe this is what I need, though, to make sure I'm actually IN pictures this summer, documenting a fun trip.

A Little Too Fluffy starts today. It runs for six weeks. We weigh in on Friday mornings. I'll do all of my weigh-ins as part of my Weight Watchers meeting. As of today, I've lost just over 20 pounds! I'm really happy with that number. Honestly, I thought about doing something to tip the scales in my favor and make it look like I weighed more today. But I didn't! In fact, I was so excited about my weight loss this week that I wanted to go as soon as I weighed at home!

My plan is to post about this journey a couple of times each week. But I'll for sure be posting pictures on Instagram. Even if you're not part of the actual group, consider joining along.

Here are my goals for this week:
1. Eat whole, unprocessed foods. (Any Weight Watcher knows the ease of pre-packaged stuff! Our farmer's market opens tomorrow. I plan to be there early!)

2. Workout three times.

3. Try a new recipe.


Stephanie @FoodFit4Real said...

Love this! It is always music to my ears when someone decides to clean up their diet and cut out processed foods. Hitting the Farmer's Market is a great way to find fruits and veggies. Proud of your weight loss already, keep it up!

Kristina said...

You are too sweet! Thanks for the encouragement. So glad we met. :)

Christine said...

Good for you, girl. :) I look forward to seeing what recipes you try so I can be inspired too!