Saturday, January 4, 2014

Slim Down Saturdays 1/4

Are you ready?? 
Since my journey only started Thursday, this may not seem like much. But I am proud of myself for committing to this. And having this weekly blog post is SURE to help me.

Ultimate goal: I want to lose 25-30 pounds by the time I turn 30 on May 10th. I want to feel good about myself going into my 30s. If I lose 25lbs I will be about what I weighed when we got married. 30lbs will be the exact weight. I look back at the pictures from 2009 and think to myself "and you thought you needed to lose weight then?!" 

Gain/Loss for the week: Since I started on Thursday, this is pretty darn good I think.

Positives from the week: I decided to stick to my New Year's Resolution this year. See, usually I say I want to lose weight and then I never do anything about it. I didn't do anything New Year's Day but I took January 2nd and went for it. To start, I printed some of my favorite and realistic fitness pins. I laminated them so that I can use a dry erase marker to cross the things I do off each day and can then reuse them every week/month. You can find my fitness board here. Unfortunately a lot of the pins are "dead" and lead to nothing now since I pinned them 2 years ago. Here are pictures of the pages that I printed out to use.

(Note: I am not taking credit for ANY of these ideas. The pins just took me to blank pages so I took screen shots of my pins and pasted them into ppt so that I could print and laminate.)

I also printed and am doing this 30 day ab and squat challenge (laminated as well so I can cross off) and this couch to 5k (eventually, when the weather warms up just a bit... I don't do cold well).

My other positive was having healthy snacks. Instead of having junk food (think chips, cookies, etc) I had apples with peanut butter, oranges, and crackers with cottage cheese. We also bought baby carrots but I haven't had those for a snack just yet!

Something to do better: I didn't put anything here because it is only day 3 and I haven't slacked yet. I am sure that I will cave or slack soon enough. Please know, I am not trying to be negative here. Just realistic!

Goal for next week: Drink more water! I am not making my goal 8 glasses a day because right now, that is unrealistic for me. I don't drink a lot of anything as it is. My goal is to just drink more each day. Preferably, finish the water I bring to work with me BEFORE I leave work. Then fill it back up when I get home and finish that before bed.

And my one word: Necessary. This is necessary. I need to be happy with myself. I am hoping that this change will bring me more energy as well. Because THAT is much needed.

Here are some pictures... the first one shows what I looked like in 2009... the ultimate goal. The second one shows what I currently look like (the pics are from this summer, but it is about the same). In the 2009 pictures, there is a picture of me in SHORTS. I NEVER put shorts on anymore. Hopefully I will get back to feeling comfortable in shorts. In fact.. I just cleaned out my dresser and found that exact pair of shorts... I am determined to wear them again. Here's to meetin' goals in 2014!

So there it is friends. Week 1 (well half of a week sorta) down in the books. I look forward to seeing everyone's progress! Here is your blank template. (A tip- click the image to enlarge it before copying or saving it.)


  1. This is such a fabulous idea! Thanks for letting me link up and join in the fun. Good luck on your weight loss goal!!!

  2. You are inspiring! Good for you! Best wishes for continued success!

  3. Love this idea! Thanks for organizing it. Best of luck to you in meeting your goals!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  4. Great idea! (You do know you look great now, right?) I totally downloaded the 30 day plank challenge after reading your post. I'm going to link up some week soon. Thanks! :)
    Grade 4 Buzz

  5. Thank you for starting this link up. I needed this extra motivation as I try and lose the last 15 pounds before my wedding in April. Good luck this week!
    The Traveling Teacher

  6. I'm so glad I found your blog! Thanks so much for starting this! It will certainly keep me accountable and reading the other posts will keep me motivated! By the way...we are birthday twins! My birthday is May 10th too!!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  7. Hi Gina! I just made the rounds "meeting" everyone in your Slimdown Saturday Linky! Then I realized I had forgot to introduce myself here! I am new to the blogging world and I can already tell that I am going to meet some wonderful, like-minded people! I rejoined WW last week and my meetings are on Saturdays, so this will be a great way for me to have some extra accountability! Plus, my husband and I are going to Cancun in March - if that's not going to motivate me, I don't know what!! Thanks for setting it up!

    Kate :)
    McDee's Busy Bees


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