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!