I was a complete fail at TWLC2.
I stopped checking the #TWLC2 Twitter hashtag (and stopped using it), stopped checking in with our Facebook group, didn’t write any update posts here, and didn’t keep up with the group Google Doc. My Statistics class (and mye efforts to reacquaint myself with math that started in the beginning of November) was such a monumental effort that I had to let something go. Things got so bad near the end that I started buying freezer meals for T1 and TH to eat, stopped working out, stopped doing pretty much anything other than math and Statistics all day every day. My marriage and my family needed me to drop some commitments, and TWLC was one of the first things to go.
But now that’s behind me! I’m breezing through my Brit Lit class (1/3 of the way through in a matter of days) and looking forward to an action packed Spring/Summer/Fall. And so many of the things I’m looking forward to are things that motivate me to reach my goal weight!
I had my sister take a picture of me with my iphone before church on Sunday. I’m almost exactly where I was when I started TWLC2, waffling between a size 8-10 (in today’s vanity sizing system), and happy with how far I’ve come but not at all willing to settle in this spot. I’m still carrying far too much excess weight around my middle, and I don’t want to be one of those women talking about how I just kept gaining with each child and never got it off. The best thing I can do for myself is look at the big picture and keep reminding myself that 6 months of working insanely hard, denying myself some of the small pleasures, pushing myself to keep going for one more mile will be something I never regret.
I not only have Thailand in September (less than 6 months to reach my goal weight!), but family pictures on the 19th of April. I obviously won’t lose much before our pictures, but I can make the kind of choices that will have me feeling fabulous while Kelli Nicole snaps away. And I’ve devised yet another plan to act as motivation. I have 6 baby-free, husband-free weeks in Provo this summer where I can really push hard and eat what I want, when I want, exercise as much as I can, etc. One of my best friend’s works as a trainer at The Lab, and I really want to spend time training with her. I’m going to set a list of *completely achievable* goals, and if I reach them, I get to hire my friend as my trainer!
I’m also going to run a half-marathon this summer! I did 10 miles (on a bit of a whim) before I stopped running this winter, and so I think 13 is completely doable, especially if I start training now. And I’m going to start posting to my food blog again.
I asked this question in That Weight Loss Challenge Facebook group, but I’ll ask it here as well. What did you like and dislike about TWLC and TWLC2? I would like to keep the Facebook group, add in some sort of system for checking in weekly/biweekly that will kick people out if they don’t check in, increase the entrance fee (more money invested means more motivation!), utilize the #TWLC3 hashtag on Twitter, write weekly posts on That Wife about my progress, and possibly do some monthly chats hosted by different moderators (I still have no idea which service to use for this and would love suggestions).
And even though I’ve failed, there will still be several winners of TWLC2 walking away with cash and photo sessions! I’m really excited to see your after pictures, even if I can’t really provide any of my own.
(And please, don’t go on and on about how you most disliked me dropping the ball on TWLC2. I feel bad about it, but admit I wouldn’t do things any differently (I’m going to graduate from college soon!!!!!))