Happy New Year, Happy New Me – The Shrinking Jeans of Christy


January 1, 2014 by Christy

I haven’t blogged here in ages. Shoot, I’m not even going to bother to look back at the last time I blogged, because I’m sure I weighed less than I do now, and it will just make me mad!

Okay, so here goes……

Two years ago my dog died and I quit smoking a few months later. YES, I was a smoker. No, you didn’t know about it, because no one knew. I was a closet smoker, and an occasional social smoker. So after my dog died from cancer, I went into a deep, dark funk that was so hard to pull myself out of, and then I decided I needed to quit smoking because it was gross and I hated the power it had over me.

So here I am, 2 years later, smoke-free and in a much better place mentally and emotionally. Oh, I’m about 20 pounds heavier, too.

Shit clearly happens. It happens to all of us, and I’ve spent the past year beating myself up for gaining this weight back. Seriously beating myself up. And don’t let the fear of weight gain keep you from quitting smoking. That is SO dumb. I can say that now even though I gained weight. Dying from cancer, stinking all the time, inhaling toxic chemicals in to your lungs…..that’s WAY worse than gaining weight. Sure your jeans might be too tight, but you can lose that weight. Like I’m about to.

Today I start fresh. Well, actually today I will ease into fresh because I’m out of town and heading home tomorrow. So today I will do what I can to make changes. I will order my coffee ‘skinny’, I will take the stairs in the hotel, I will make the best choices I can when I eat (I’m sure the line at Subway is going to be out the freaking door!), I will track my food using Weight Watchers online, because it worked for me when I lost 50 pounds before. The most important thing is I’m going to do this, and I’m going to do it right. I’m going to get my head right, my heart right, and my body right as well. We’re all going to be on the same journey, and it won’t be a roller coaster anymore.

So today, I cannot weigh in, because unfortunately I do not travel with my scale ;), but Friday morning when I wake up in my own bed, I will weigh in and that’s where I’ll start.

Today I’m setting my long term goal for 2014 to lose 30 pounds. Twenty + that pesky last 10 pounds I never did get around to losing. And I’m going to be more consistent with my workouts. Less sporadic. More focused. And since I have this shiny new FitBit Force, I’m going to do everything I can to meet my daily step goal of 10K. Even if I have to walk circles in my living room before bed to make it happen.

Here is my plan:

Long term: Lose 30 pounds this year.
Short term: Lose 4% of my weight this month and win the DietBet!

Long term: Run a 1/2 marathon this year
Short term: Start running consistently, and by consistently, I mean 2-3 days a week.

Long term: Make clean eating stick for life.
Short term: Make small *permanent* changes everyday to get me to this goal.

Short term & Long term: 10 thousands steps a day, minimum.