Monday, March 19, 2012

Countdown to Summer Slimdown


We have had a bit of a heatwave in Michigan this past week. With temps in the 70s and 80s, we broke out the summer clothes a bit early. My body though, it not really ready for summer.  I  currently weigh about 15-20 lbs more than my ideal weight.   I have always had a fast metabolism, and have never really had to watch my weight.  This year though, things seem to be slowing down, and the weigh is catching up with me.  I guess that happens when you are in your 40s.  For a long time we did not have a scale.  Our old one broke, and we did not replace it. About a month ago, I  saw some on sale, and decided to go ahead a get one.  I was a bit shocked when I saw the number, as it was more than I thought it was.  This morning I weighed 133.4 right out of the shower, and 135 with clothes on.  While that might not sound like a lot, I am really short. I am only 5'1" and a little bit of extra weight can look like a lot more.  My clothes are feeling way  too tight. This is the heaviest I have been non pregnant, so I think it is time for a change.  Since tomorrow is the first day of spring, I decided to make a realistic goal of losing 15 lbs by the first day of summer.  That is only 5 lbs a month, and totally doable!  I am sharing this on the blog, because I have never had to TRY to lose weight before, and I want to be more accountable.  See I LOVE sugar!  I think I am a sugar addict, as I crave it.  I will still allow myself some sugar, but in moderation.    I am also super busy being the mom of a teenager and two almost teens.  I rarely have the time to work out.  I am going to share ways you can still get some exercise, when  you don't necessarily have time to go to the gym.

This is how I got some exercise today.  I had to go grocery shopping.  One of the things on my cart was a 24 pack of water.  That thing is HEAVY, and really weighed down the cart. There were also a lot of other things in my cart that were heavy too that were put in the cart at the beginning of my shopping trip.  I pushed a very heavy cart back and forth across Meijer a few times because I forgot things on opposite end of the store. It was heavy enough to make me winded, and give me a workout.

Once I got home, I got some more exercise.  Since everyone was a work and school, I had to carry in the trunkload of groceries by myself.  I made 9 trips! That makes 18 walks back and forth from the car in the driveway, through the garage and into the house.

I also helped at our girl scout meeting today.  While I didn't get as much exercise as Kara, I was on my feet for 2 hours!

Each week, I will be posting my progress.  If you too would like to slim down this spring, I would love to hear from you!

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