#iheartOmron Fitness Challenge
I have been chatting a lot on facebook lately, about one of my goals for the new year. That goal is to shed some pounds. I am ashamed to say that I have gained 45 pounds in the past year and a half. Prior to this gain, I was at a very healthy weight that made me happy. I worked my rear off to get there too. I think that is what bothers me the most – that I worked super hard to get down to a happy weight, only to gain it all back. The only times I have put on this much weight have been when I’m pregnant. However, the past couple of years have been quite a challenge for me, emotionally.
With my husband in chiropractic school, 2.5 hours away, I am a single mom of 4, most days. I know there are many women who have to go it alone, and are much better at it than I have been. I applaud those women. Because many days are long and I can’t ever seem to find the time to get it all done (the house, work, errands, etc.) I have found myself rewarding myself with food. I love to eat out. It’s convenient, it’s fast, it doesn’t make a mess at home, and it tastes good. I would tell myself that I do a lot, and life is hard, so I’m going to reward myself with eating out. Being a single mother much of the time also made it difficult to exercise. I didn’t make it a priority either. Between emotional eating and no motivation to work out, here I sit – OVERWEIGHT.
I. Do. Not. Like. Being. Fat!
When I am as heavy as I am now, I feel disgusted with myself. I weigh myself often, and that used to be so I could get motivated to have a better week. For the past year, it has just been a reminder of how poorly I am doing. Being this overweight has really affected my “love life” too – if you know what I mean. It is all in my head though. Of course my husband loves my smaller body, but he loves me regardless. I know that. He has never acted disgusted with me, but I think it would be hard not to be. I get so bothered by him running his hands over my fat rolls. In my head, I’m just thinking “ew, that is so unattractive”. Makes it hard to “get in the mood”.
It is a new year, and a time for new beginnings, so I am making some changes! This past week, I was accepted as part of the #iheartOmron Fitness Challenge. I am competing against (and with) 24 other bloggers, all with the same goals in mind. The challenge officially begins in one week, and will last 30 days. I am beyond excited, and I am feeling motivated already. Each Monday, I will have an update with my progress. I would love for you to follow the challenge on twitter (#iheartOmron), and cheer me on. I could use lots of encouragement. There is a grand prize to be had, after all. Emailing a weekly picture of my feet on the scale will be enough motivation, but a little cash doesn’t hurt either! The truth is that this challenge is more of a challenge for and between myself. I want to get healthy, and feel happy. I wish I could be happy with myself where I am now, but it just hasn’t been happening. I want to be my best self, and that includes getting healthy. I thank Omron Fitness for choosing me because this is the kick in the pants that I needed!
Read how I lost 2.4 lbs before the first week was even over!
This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women and obesity prevention for families. I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions.