Thursday, August 21, 2008

Introduction: Shannan

I can talk the talk, but I can't walk the walk.

My name is Shannan and I have been eating with reckless abandon for months and it has finally caught up with me.

This is my big ass. It used to be a little ass. --->
Back in the day, before I had children, before I found myself a desk job. Back when I was in college. This ass was much smaller. About 20 pounds smaller to be exact.

I don't know how it all started. Right after I had my youngest, like Julie I turned to SparkPeople.com. Through their site I started shedding pounds. I started seeing results pretty quickly. Unfortunately, I got comfortable and I let my dietary guard down.


I can still remember the night it happened. It had been a rough day at the office and the hubs asked if I wanted to go out for a drink. We headed down to a local spot and I thought to myself, "I've had a rough day. I deserve to treat myself." And boy did I. I ordered poppers and onion rings and proceeded to through my diet out the window. It was all downhill from there. That was in October of 2006.

For awhile I gave up. I would say that I needed to diet, that I wanted to loose weight but I did nothing about it. I'd still drink 5 cups of coffee with creamer, snack on candy at work or head to the local deli for cream based soups (my favorite). Up until now the only time it seemed I was adamant about dieting was for the few moments I saw myself naked after getting out of the shower or changing clothes.

So that is why I am here. Why I am a Cincinnati Loser. I need help. I need support. I need friends who will hold me accountable - scold me for cheating on my diet, praise me when I do a good job. It's weak and pathetic, but it's true.

In an effort to loose weight I am going to follow the advice given to me over at Mommy Bits: Drink more water, cut out soda (aughghgh), start taking 20 - 30 minute walks at lunch, and change my eating patterns. I do have a gym membership, and I will make an attempt to go at least once a week. I will also start journaling what I eat.

Starting weight: 160

Goal weight: 135

6 comments:

Loree said...

Good luck! I recommend frozen grapes for a good mid-afternoon snack. Sounds weird, but it's tastier than regular grapes and super-filling. I've been eating them forever.

I need to lose weight, and for me the key is definitely the gym/working out. When I'm active regularly, I'm less likely to spoil it by eating too much.

Susan said...

I think I am out of the loop. I didn't know you guys were doing this! Awesome. It's nice to know there are other losers working on their fitness in the Nati. You will do great!

Amy in Ohio said...

I adore you and I'm so glad we're in this together.

I think caffeine is one of the hardest things for me - so I'll be right there with you!

ablondeblogger said...

Go you!! I'm in the same boat (Baby gots lotsa back!)

Your ass looks fine to me, though (that sounds wrong, but you know what I mean *grin*)

Robin said...

Good luck, girlfriend! It's a struggle, but so worth it. The key really is working out. (I know, ugh!) Try some Kathy Smith or The Firm DVDs from the library. They're great (personal favorites!) Billy Blanks will also whip your tail into remission...in a good way.

No real secrets, unfortunately. You just have to do it...and do it...and do it. You'll do great!

xoxo
Robin

just4ofus said...

this is great! what a wonderful support group, accountability, and a place to get ideas!
Good for you!!!!