Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Challenge, Extended...

Well, Shannon's and my post on our less-than-perfect silhouettes has led my mom to extend a family challenge: $10 a person to enter and whoever has lost the most weight by our trip to Wisconsin gets the pot.


Challenge, accepted...

Me and Shannon jumped on board and all three of us ladies brought our husbands into it, too, though I don't know if George and Dad are truly enthusiastic about this competition or if, like Jamie, they don't even know their wife has committed them to it (hey if I win there's an extra $10 in the pot for me!).

Here's where I stand right now (though I loathe to publish this on the internet): I weigh 147 pounds - or did when I started - and hate the way I look in a bathing suit. I am 25, I've had no babies, I have no excuse. Never mind, hold on, I work at a desk job. 8 hours a day of sitting. All. Day. Long. It makes my hips wider just thinking about it. Secretary spread much? Yes, I think so. So there's my excuse. I feel justified.

Here's my goals: Ideally, I would like to get under 135 pounds. That's a 13 pound weight loss. If I can get under 140, I'll be happy. Under 135, totally content. And anywhere in the 132 and under range would have me purely ecstatic. More importantly, Jamie and I are hoping to spend Labor Day weekend in Hilton Head. I do not plan on leaving the beach while the sun's up. Just me, a good book, and the sand and waves from sunup to sundown. And I want to go on that beach vacation with any bathing suit I choose and feel good about. Not look like I'm ready to walk the Victoria's Secret runway (though I'll take that!!), just be secure and confident with how I look.

And most importantly, I want to be healthy and strong so that Jamie and I can start planning a family, and I can feel confident going in that I've done everything in my power to prepare my body for a healthy pregnancy - for both me and (hopefully) the future little one.

The Plan: I've bought a book and a DVD to help me eat healthier and work out consistently. I've started a calorie tracking notebook to make sure I consume the right amount of the right kinds of food. Every morning I get up and do my dvd workout and in the evenings, I just make sure to do something active, even if it's a leisurely walk with Jamie. The tendency for us is to get home at 5:30 and veg out until bed. I also keep track of how much water I drink and try to get to bed on time, two small things that are supposed to make me feel better and lose weight. And lastly, I've cut caffeine out completely. Oh how I miss it...

The hardest part so far has been the meals. I actually like them. But I LOVE carbs. I want bread with every meal and pasta at least once a week and a bowl of cereal once or twice a day - usually big ones. I miss these things, but I'm enjoying the fish, chicken and eggs that have mostly made up my meals so far. The workout's not so bad but I do find my muscles are sore and/or weak the rest of the day, which stinks. Just me getting stronger!! Or something like that.

So far, so good because I'm down 3 pounds and it's only day 5. I've consistently kept my calories within the recommended limit and I've consumed a full lake's worth of water! I do miss my morning caffeine, but I think I'm sleeping better without consuming any.

Can I make it 25 more days and reach my goals? I don't know, but I'm feeling good so far. Weak and sore, but good. And it's always good to have a little healthy competition to inspire me! So Mom, Shannon - BRING IT ON!!

7 comments:

cyndee said...

Oh, it's on....

Alicia and Lou said...

You can do it Tara! What kills me is that no matter what you Minter girls weigh you guys never look heavy to me. It's probably because you're all so stinkin' gorgeous.. (Ah.. to have been blessed with whatever your mom's maiden name is/Minter genes.. witty, attractive, overall awesome genes..) ;-) Good luck ladies!

cyndee said...

Awww....Alicia, you are so sweet. I have to admit, both the Minter and Ragone (my maiden name) genes are pretty sweet, so combined they're UNSTOPPABLE!!!
(I'm still going to kick your butts, girls!)

Joel said...

Hey, I think I missed the weigh-in, so I'll just let you know that my starting weight is about 262. I'm hoping to get down to about 180 by WI. Tough, I know, but I feel that the motivation is there.

Christy said...

silly tara - you just gave up your game plan to all your competitors! hopefully that doesn't come back to bite you in your (soon to be smaller) butt.

Shannon said...

I agree with Christy. I'm not telling how many lbs I've lost until you get to Wisconsin. By the way. I'm weighing in before I leave. I think we should all weigh in before we start our long drives out. That way we'll be on the same scale that we started on.
What do you think?

Tara said...

Well, my thoughtful commenters, I did consider keeping my progress and plan to myself after my mom instigated this challenge. But I had already started blogging about this with the intention of sharing in order to shame myself into doing well. After all it's fun to say I'm losing weight. It stinks to have to tell you all I gave up half-way through. So I decided to keep sharing project get-your-butt-in-gear. And there you have it.