Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 - A Year of Accomplishments and New Experiences

As a carbohydrate addict I am very familiar with the inner turmoil one faces when presented with a delectable dish of pasta covered with a creamy sauce and smothered in cheese. Of course this familiarity comes with a price; a few extra pounds. Love handles, thunder thighs and a poochy belly, are among the sacrifices one must make to the cheesy, salty, crunchy and satiating god of the almighty carbohydrate in return for the oh, so mouth watering satisfaction of a bag of chips, a plate of spaghetti or a plate of fried potatoes (anyone for all three?).

Coupled with this carbohydrate shaped soft spot, I also have a propensity to dislike all forms of physical exertion and lack the self confidence to exercise in front of people. Given the choice between extra housework and exercise, I would probably pick housework. Add that all up and what do you get; a couch potato. How does that saying go again, you are what you eat?

This new year is chock full of new and exciting experiences. I have set some lofty goals and am determined to accomplish some big things. In a little less than four months my fiance and I are going on a cruise to the East Caribbean and then, in three more months we will be getting married. Both of these events require me to fit into specific outfits which at the moment a slightly too tight. Thus, I have set an overall weightloss goal of losing thirty pounds in time for the wedding (July 2010) and plan to lose twenty of those pounds by April, in time for the cruise. This means I must lose five pounds per month. I know I can do it!

To accomplish this goal I must not only be extremely strict with my portioning (I am aiming for around 1600 calories and four meals per day) but add in some exercise. How am I to overcome my fear of being vulnerable in front of other people? By making good use of the stationary bike I received for christmas. My goal is to increase the amount of exercise I get (from zero minutes to thirty) per day. At the end of the seven months between now and my wedding I want to be able to cycle non-stop for thirty minutes (Right now I have a hard time completing five constant minutes).

I know these are lofty goals but I believe I can do it so long as I continue to believe in myself and have people around me who love and support me. I believe that 2010 will by a growing year for me; I want to take full advantage of opportunities that come my way! Bear with me as I journey through this self discovery, I would really love your support!



  1. Sounds like a wonderful plan Jess, I'm behind you 100%! can't wait to go on this journey with you!

  2. You're setting fantastic resolutions, Jessica! I wish you the best success. My boyfriend Chris and I were blown away by our results from P90X, which is a 90-day fitness and nutrition program. It gives you a portion guide (for instance, 3 servings of protein a day, 1 serving of carbs, etc), a meal plan and recipes, plus the 12 workout DVDs. I loved it because I used to hate trekking to the gym, and I fell off the wagon because of that. Working out at home is definitely the way to go for me, which is how I pushed through the hour-long workouts six days a week. The best part is that it's all set up for you, so you're not really going it alone.
    Whichever way you decide to do it though, I commend you for it. It's tough, but very possible. Good luck! :)

  3. Thanks Heather! Exercise is really something I'm not used to or something I really like doing. For the moment I'm just focusing on changing my attitude about exericse so that eventually I can be excited about my workouts. I saw your guys's results and it's really inspirational! Thanks for posting your journey :)

  4. I'm so glad you're with me on this one Adam, it really means a lot to me that I have your support! Thanks babe :)

  5. It's kind of a myth that carbohydrates are what's bad for you. Your body NEEDS carbs to function. The problem with carbs comes from when they're covered in salt, deep fried, or battered. And never buy ANYTHING that has enriched white flour in the ingredients. THAT is the enemy.