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What’s different about this time?

For as long as I can remember, my weight has fluctuated quite a bit. I lose a bunch, keep it off for a while and then slowly gain it back. I did this for our wedding and after our first born was born. But I feel like this time is different. So, Kev asked me the question “What’s different about this time?” With a little thought, I’ve come up with these reasons:

1) Kevin’s doing it with me. Throughout our marriage, any time I’ve gone on a diet, I’ve mainly done it on my own. And after a while that self-motivation and self-drive wore off. This time, having Kevin as an accountability partner and someone who’s looking for the same results, makes the daily grind and difficult choices easier.

2) Realizing the trajectory for our family. This time, it’s about way more than just losing weight. It’s about an overall healthier lifestyle. It’s about realizing that the decisions and routines that I do now are shaping the decisions and routines my two girls will make later in life. I want them to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and that will only be easier for them if it’s instilled in them early in life.

3) Our family is complete. After Rayna was born, it was so easy to use ‘future pregnancy’ as an excuse to not make healthy choices. At this time we feel that our family is complete which, Lord willing, means no more pregnancies. So no more excuses about that.

Overall, I definitely have a different attitude this time around. I’m excited about exercising, trying new recipes and learning about how to have an overall healthy lifestyle.

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What This Year Includes

As we start the new year, there are three major areas we are focusing pretty heavily on:

Diet : watching what we eat. This area of our life ebbs and flows with great regularity. We go through seasons of great success and spurts of great failure. Yet we know the greatest chance for success comes in regularly keeping track of what we eat. Therefore, we’re both participating in Weight Watchers. Robyn used this before our wedding and hit her goals and it’s consistently rated as one of the only diet plans that actually works. So healthy recipes, portion control, and regular tracking are keys to the new us.

Physical Fitness : The Y has made so much money on us over the past couple years. Month after month we pay for our membership and the greatest advantage we’ve utilized is a discount on our daughter’s swimming lessons. This year we’ve committed to actually using the place we’re paying for and to working out there at least three times a week. We are reorienting our entire weekly schedule around getting to the gym to work out in the wellness center and/or participate in a class. (More on this in future posts.)

Motivation : Today is January 11, which means motivation is fairly strong. Based on our personal history, by February 11th we’ll be getting bored with this approach. By March 11th we will be so tired of it that we won’t even bother any more. Hence we have said for ourselves that every week we will actively seek out external motivation. This will come through a new quote we post on our bathroom mirror every week, reading books and articles, and even watching the Biggest Loser.

The last key is not one that we are doing, but that we have asked others to challenge us with : accountability. We are both seeking help from others to ask us the hard questions to make sure we are staying accountable tomorrow to what we have committed to today.