A New Chapter

I've thought about this post for a few weeks now and I believe the time is finally right....

We've talked about my weightloss journey on and off around here, but readers things are getting real. You're probably thinking, yeah yeah she's said this before. But really and truly dear readers. Times are changing around here.

We're closing out this year and beginning a new one in just a few short weeks. Can you believe that?!

This year, has been one of my favorites ever for many reasons {obviously welcoming Baby J into our lives has a lot to do with that}. But this has also been the year I've been most unhappy with my body. Yes, I get it, I was pregnant for a good part of the year. But this postpartum weight is lingering and so is all the weight I needed to lose before having J.

I look back on the last 6 months and regret that I haven't pushed myself to work harder to lose the postpartum weight. But I will no longer be so hard on myself for decisions made or not made in the past.

Starting today, that all changes. I'm tired of disliking the girl in the mirror and only putting forth a half-ass effort of changing the reflection. There is no need to wait for the new year when you can begin now. Right?

One of my favorite bloggers, and greatest sources of inspiration, recently stated that she "kicked 2011 in the proverbial ass butt." And you know what? She really did. I found her blog when she was several months into her personal weight loss adventure. I've followed for just over 6 months now as she's strived, sweated, shared and celebrated reaching her goal. And it's been a beautiful thing. If you don't read Katie's blog, you truly should. Often, I find she's that bit of genuine sunshine I need.

What I've learned from her is that it's never too late to change. Never too late to get out there and go for a walk {or run}. I've learned to find a weight loss plan that suits your life and your needs. Whether it be counting calories, joining weight watchers or simply cutting out carbs. I've learned it's ok to hit a plateau and to venture into hobbies and activities you never imagined yourself doing. She's taught me it's never too late to become a better version of you.

I've also learned that this little world we live in online can be one of the most uplifting, supportive places to begin and end a weight loss journey.

As you know, I attempted to lose 10 pounds before Thanksgiving. It didn't happen, but I worked hard and made healthy choices. This is the type of dedication I need to continue to cultivate in our house. Yes, husband, if you're reading this you're coming along for this journey as well.

I'll be sticking to these guidelines.

Calorie Counting: 1200 calories per day - thanks to My Fitness Pal
Get Active: 4 walks a week
                    Follow the day-by-day guide {you can find all the levels HERE}

This guide I'm referring to, is something I found thanks to Pinterest {of course}. I feel like it will be a good way to jump-start my body without sending it into shock. If this transformation is going to last I need to have real expectations. And let's face it, a body that hasn't had a good workout in 1 year and 4 months will need some transitioning before jumping back into P90X.

My goal?

It's a one-year goal. My magic number: 60 pounds. I'll admit, I'm not ready to share my weight with y'all. At least not yet. But there it is, I'm putting it on the table. 60 pounds.

That's no joke, people.

But, I'm giving myself one year. On December 10, 2012 I'll post before and after photos and be proud of the result no matter what the actual number weight is.

This year-long journey is not just about the weight loss, it's about a self-satisfaction I've been battling with for years. It's not only about what people see of me but what I see of myself. Despite what the scale says, it's about how I feel on the inside. It's about a change in lifestyle. Really, in the long-run, it's all about being the best me I can be for my baby.

This goal is going to be tough, this I know. So, I'm preparing myself mentally for the changes ahead. When I first started this blog, "motivational Monday" was one of my favorite posts. And my friends, I'll be doing that again. Even if it's just an insirational pin from Pinterest clearly I have a pinterest addiction, it's something to put a healthy bounce in your step when you really just want some chocolate.

It's going to be a long year. But I have a feeling it may be even better than this one.

Are you just hearing blah, blah, blah? That's okay. This isn't for you, it's for me. But perhaps, like Katie, along the way I can inspire someone else to choose a better version of themselves the way she's helped me {without even knowing it}.

I hope you stick around as I challenge myself. I will most certainly need/want/appreciate your support.