Ali's Adventures

May 24, 2012

Time to get serious

Filed under: Adventure,Plans,Weight loss — by Alison @ 2:28 pm


200. That’s the number on the scale this morning. That’s the number that I swore I wouldn’t reach, unless I was pregnant. I’m not pregnant. In March, I said I was going to get healthy. That’s not a healthy number. It’s actually borderline obese, and according to Health Canada that puts me a high risk of developing health problems. Now,I’m not all about numbers on a scale defining healthy, but it’s a darn good indicator when it shows that I’ve gained 30 lbs in the past year. And there’s no reason for that weight gain, other than eating unhealthily and being lazy.

The scale isn’t the only thing showing me there’s an issue. I can’t wear my wedding ring. My clothes don’t fit well and I don’t have many summer clothing options. I’m not sleeping well, I have a lack of energy and some days walking up the hills leaves me panting. All signs that I need to get into gear and get serious about my health and weight.

I want to lose 45 lbs. That’s within a healthy weight range, and a bit above my weight before kids. I think that’s reasonable and achievable. I’m not going to try any crazy diet plans or hope to lose all the weight in 6 weeks. My goal is for 1-2 lbs a week, about 5 lbs a month. By March 1, 2013 I should be at my goal weight. I’m committing to Weight Watchers Points Plus plan. For exercise, I’m continuing with roller derby at least once a week, and will start the Couch to 5k program as well as the 200 squats challenge and maybe the 200 situps or plank a day program.

March 2013 seems a long time from now, and I’ll need motivation along the way. More motivation that feeling healthier and weighing less. To support this I’ve created some milestone rewards.

5 lb loss: Purchase new book (and not from the free kindle section)

10 lb loss: Toms shoes, probably these

20 lb loss: Hair cut and style

30 lb loss: ??

40 lb loss: ??

Goal weight: Outlet shopping spree

I’ll add the other rewards when I think of them. To help me along the way, I’m going to be posting every two weeks about this.


  1. Just take it one day at a time!

    Comment by Sharon — May 24, 2012 @ 3:12 pm |Reply

    • Thanks. I’m in for the long haul, not a quick fix, so that’s a great reminder.

      Comment by Alison — May 25, 2012 @ 8:28 pm |Reply

  2. I am SOOOO right there with you!! I should create a reward system too, sounds fun!

    Comment by ❀ Marci O'Connor ❀ (@BeingMarci) — May 24, 2012 @ 4:06 pm |Reply

    • If you do, let me know how it goes. Thanks for the support.

      Comment by Alison — May 25, 2012 @ 8:29 pm |Reply

  3. You can do this! I don’t know.if you have one in your area, but the Y has made exercising possiboe for me. It helps that they have great programs the kids can do while I work out.

    Comment by Brie — May 24, 2012 @ 8:29 pm |Reply

    • I’ll look into that for the fall. I’ll need something indoors during the rain.

      Comment by Alison — May 25, 2012 @ 8:30 pm |Reply

  4. I’m right there with you…bye bye baby weight 🙂
    Have some clothes rewards sooner if u can; I found it really motivating to see myself in smaller sizes and feeling confident about how I looked as the weight came off

    Comment by Sara — May 25, 2012 @ 11:14 am |Reply

    • I still have my smaller clothes waiting for my in my closet 😉
      I’m happy to have you with me, but not for a few months. Enjoy the new baby!

      Comment by Alison — May 25, 2012 @ 8:31 pm |Reply

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