When I was a kid, waiting a year for anything seemed like an eternity. Ugh… A YEAR?! How could I possibly wait that long!?! When my girls were little, a year felt like a long time in the moment (potty training, sleepless nights, temper tantrums – and that was just me! lol), but when the year was over it felt like they were growing up too fast. Now, a year goes by in a blink. It must be part of getting older. The more I want to hold onto time, the quicker it slips passed. Last year at this time, I was still pretty bad off. Not in the holiday mood at all. And yet, I still had big plans. I was going to start my little blog and offer up anecdotes about life and motivation for weight loss. Spreading sunshine and inspiration to all! I was not only going to heal myself but maybe help heal the world!!!
Except there was just one problem…I didn’t do it. I didn’t do any of the things I set out to accomplish last year. I didn’t get stronger, healthier or happier…(none the “ers”). Okay, I did purchase my domain name, but it took me months before I ever made an entry and more again before I made entry #2 and then just…stopped. Why? What was wrong with me? Didn’t I want to change myself? Didn’t I want to bring people along with me for the journey and make folks laugh and brighten their day? Had I given up? Had I become someone who had resigned themselves to the fact that “it is what it is” and it was never going to change so why bother??
Those who know me, are probably chuckling to themselves right now. “That’s not the Shari we know. No way!” And you’re right – it’s not me. And if you’re expecting me to beat myself up about it (as I’m prone to do), or make excuses to validate my apathy, you might be surprised to hear me say…it’s okay. I forgive myself. I didn’t get “better” this past year, but I did survive – and that’s pretty damn good all things considered!
So, let’s get this train on track and make it official shall we?
The goal: 100lbs
How am I doing this?
- Exercise: I have a Fitbit (I hear Garmin is awesome as well!!). Starting with 5000 steps per day for 2 weeks then upping it to 10K. I would like to add additional exercise(s) but I would need some guidance. I mean, let’s be honest, fitness has never been my strong suit. lol
2. Eating: Now we’re talking! I think I can handle this part!
I am using www.myfitnesspal.com to track everything I eat and drink each day. I am also measuring! Whaaaaat? I know…not my favorite thing to do but we all know the definition of insanity, right? I must do things differently or they (“they” being “my waistline”) will never change. I also did some research beforehand about my body type and the best eating plan for me. I am an Endomorph. Take me to your leader. lol
Endomorphs have a soft, curvy and round physique and display the opposite characteristics from ectomorphs. They have a sluggish metabolism, gain weight easily and have to work hard to lose body fat. Endomorphs often have a larger frame and tend to have wider hips than shoulders, creating a pear-shaped physique. (www.superskinnyme.com/)
- Smooth, round body
- Medium/ large joints/ bones
- Small shoulders
- Short limbs
- High levels of body fat (may be overweight)
- Body fat tends to settle in lower regions of body, mainly lower abdomen, butt, hips, and thighs (rather than being distributed evenly throughout body)
- Pear-shaped physique
- Can gain muscle easily, but tends to be underdeveloped
- Difficult to keep lost body fat off
- Lose weight slowly
- Have to work hard to lose weight
- Slow metabolic rate
- Attacks of tiredness/ fatigue
- Fall asleep easily
The best diet for endomorphs tend to be low-carb diets as many endomorphs are carbohydrate sensitive. Knowing this and using an online Keto Calculator, I have set my nutritional goals as such:
1500 calories, 38g Carbs, 100g Fat, 113g Protein.
I began tracking everything on 11/27. So far…(drum roll please)….I’m down 8 lbs.
By George I think she’s got it!!
I learned a lot this past year. I learned I am stronger than I ever thought I could be. Despite everything, I didn’t fall apart and somehow managed to keep myself, my daughters, my mother and the dog alive! I am no damsel in distress. I took the time to heal. I am no longer broken hearted. I’m good. Did I accomplish everything (anything) I wanted in the last year? No. Is that okay? Yes, it is. Am I on track now? You bet your ass I am!
‘Till next week!