I was pretty much the same weight and height as you when I got engaged at the end of December. Just before New Year’s, a facebook friend posted a challenge on her wall where you have to do a minimum of 30 minutes a day of physical activity for 100 days. It can be 30 minutes in a row, or broken into 10 minute increments throughout the day, five minutes here and there, or however you want to do it. The bottom line is you have to do your 30 minutes. Fiance and I decided to give it a try, since we are both VERY lazy people. We figured this was only a 100 days, and only 30 minutes at that.
We each put up a chart of 100 days on the fridge, and crossed off each day after our minimum 30 minutes. I’m not going to lie, the first few weeks, I did the minimum, and the minumum only, but as I did more and more, and I saw the dates being crossed off, I made it a point to do more than the minimum everyday.
I was too cheap to join a gym, and my dad had given me a Wii Fit board for Christmas, so I bought The Biggest Loser for the Wii Fit, and a couple of exercise DVD’s, and used those. Once the weather got nicer, I started to walk a LOT, and that is my main form of exercise at the moment. I had planned on starting to run in the spring, but I quickly discovered that I am not a runner. I hate it, and I didn’t want to dread doing it, because I knew that eventually I would just stop altogether in that case. I’d rather walk a little bit further and longer, and actually enjoy myself, which is key.
We also changed our eating habits. Smaller serving sizes, no more second helpings, switched our pasta/rice (when we even have it!) to whole wheat, and cut out fast food. We both love red meat too much to cut it out altogether, so we still have it once a week. Besides that, we haven’t cut anything out, and we allow ourselves a cheat day once a week. This way, we’re not miserable with what we’re eating.
Fiance, being a boy, quickly lost 30 pounds, and stopped at about day 62, but I am still going strong at 237 days. At first, I was going to stop at day 101, and continue to work out a minimum of five days a week, and never take off more than two days in a row. But once I reached my 100 day goal, I realized that I had been able to do them, and hadn’t allowed myself to give any excuses. I decided to keep on going, and my new goal is now a year. Some days are REALLY hard, but as I said, I don’t allow myself to give excuses. That’s what got me into this position in the first place, afterall!
8 months down, and I am down just over 60 pounds. I still have some to go to get to my goal weight, but I am sooo happy the way I am now. I am healthy, happy, and best of all, I know this is something that I can keep up.
Whew! Sorry for the novel length post!