Sunday, January 10, 2010

Weight Loss Experiment

A friend kindly offered me his old entertainment center. It is a hand crafted beautiful piece that breaks apart into three pieces. Two of which I plan to use as book shelves. I also plan to put them in my room since space is at a premium in the rest of my house with a friend’s house packed up and moved in.

In order to get these new pieces moved in I needed to do some rearranging, which requires reorganizing. (My least favorite thing to do.) In doing this I re-discovered something I already knew. I have A LOT of clothes. Most of which I do not wear anymore. So I carted in so bags and starting sorting through the clothes, making piles to give away. I am a pack rat by nature or nurture, not sure which since both parents suffer this debilitating problem.

As I was sorting I found there was some stuff I still wanted but has grown a little too tight to be worn. This is where the idea spawned for this blog post. I already decided I need to lose some weight. Now with the clothes sorted into separate piles. Clothes that fit, and clothes I’d like to fit again. I decided that I would make myself accountable to the world. (Or at least the 8 followers I have.) Accountability always helps me to stay on task.

So starting today, my goal is to lose 20 pounds by March 31st. I know that is three months and I could probably could shoot for 20 pounds in 2 months, but I’m being honest with myself and giving a little wiggle room. (I need wiggle room or I’ll be overwhelmed and shut down.)

I will not post how much I currently weigh, and probably won’t post my final successful goal weight when I reach it. But I do intend to keep you up to date on my progress and anything I learn along the way.

GOAL: 20 pounds by March 31, 2010.

*Help keep me going! Lend support via comments or email, post any successful tips and tricks. Join in with your own goal and fill me/us in on your progress. A joint effort always helps me.


  1. I've been struggling with my weight, one way or the other, most of my life, and have lost 100 pounds from my all-time highest weight, so I have a lot to say about this. Let's see if I can keep this short then. :)

    Here's what's worked for me: Water--drink lots of it. Use smaller plates to force yourself to eat smaller portions--then if you go back for seconds it's not such a big deal. (There's also a mind-trick to this, you can fill up your entire plate if it's a small one without overloading on calories, and often your brain will accept that one plate-full as enough food.) Put your fork down between bites and chew thoroughly to give your brain time to acknowledge cues from your stomach that it's full. Move more--even just two 15-minute walks a day will make a difference. Strength training is important for weight loss and especially for women--I'm still struggling with this one. Cut out/reduce high-fat foods and foods with high fructose corn syrup. (Don't even get me started on my corn syrup rant.) Eat more fruits and veggies and less meat. Eat more whole foods and less processed foods. Cut out all fast food. Eat out less. This is the super-condensed version, I could really go on and on about what's worked for me! I probably will, too--on my own blog.

  2. By the way, I love your blog design!

  3. Thanks for the comments Kimberly! I like the plate trick! I'll keep that in mind.



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