A Heavy Topic


*taking a breath*

When I made the decision to compete in the local Biggest Loser Challenge, I hesitated about mentioning it here on the blog.

First, there was the possibility that I might not lose any weight at all, which would make me a whole nother level of LA-OOSER.

Secondly, this woman hates to talk about their weight.

And lastly, well, I think you’ll agree that the internet is a pretty big stage.

If I had the guts, I would simply type out


that have haunted me since I weighed in on Saturday here on the blog and go on about my bloggy business.

I might also attach a before picture.

And believe me, I really want to do that.

But, the truth is, I am embarrassed.

It’s not like the whole world can’t look at me and make a pretty good guess as to what I weigh. I like that idea a lot better than having the information in black and white for the whole world TO KNOW though. So, I’ll continue plugging away at THESE THREE NUMBERS and perhaps I’ll reveal them one day when the number is smaller.

Or when I look like Jennifer Garner.

Until then, I will embrace the phrase made famous by my friend Anita Renfroe, if you can’t lose it – decorate it!

And if you know me in real life, you know that I totally do this! I wear bling all over. Even on my butt.

So, if you came here looking for THE THREE NUMBERS, I’m sorry to I will not be posting those. If you came here to cheer me on and encourage me during this journey, I want you to know that I appreciate you! Accountability can be a wonderful motivator (just ask any of the 11 Shrinking Sunshines on the BRIGHT BRIGHT Yellow team) and I intend to be accountable here, too.

I’ve decided to provide a weekly update, here on the blog.

Hopefully, with a little bit of luck, and a lot of hard work, I’ll be able to type THREE SMALLER NUMBERS at the end of the eight-week competition on March 1st.

It was a good first week.

[Sidenote 1] Notice, I did not say great week.

I’ve made some huge changes in my daily routine, and I plan to make even more changes this week.

For starters, I’ve consumed 326 ounces of water this first week. As best as I got it figured (and Lord only knows if my math is correct) that’s about 320 ounces more than last week.

[Sidenote 2] My pee is clear as a bell.

Whatever that means.

I only ate six Lindor truffles before packing them all up in a Ziploc bag and sending them down the road.

And I am totally not kidding about the Lindor Truffles because HAVE YOU TASTED ‘EM? Especially the peanut butter ones?

I went FOUR whole days without eating anything sweet. That is a heck of an accomplishment if you know how much I love a Little Debbie. I probably could have gone five or six had it not been for the ‘mones ‘a ragin’.

[Sidenote 3] The hormones do. not. play.

And the best news of all is that I lost 2.5 pounds in one week. I had reported earlier in the week that I was down three pounds, but then the hormones and all his mean bully friends showed up this week and well, there is the bloat. So, I’ll take the 2.5 pounds and try a little harder next week.

My BIG FAT LOSER week in review looks like this:

How I lost big this week:

  • I drank at least 64 ounces of water for five days and at least 30 the other two days.
  • I kept my food journal everyday and there were at least two times I didn’t eat because I didn’t want to write anything else on the list.
  • I exercised five days AND FELT SO GOOD AFTERWARD. Thank you Wii Fit!
  • I DID NOT EAT after 9PM
  • Cut WAY the heck back on my soda intake.

Goals for next week:

  • Drink 64 ounces of water for SEVEN DAYS
  • Exercise SIX days for at least 30 minutes
  • Walk up and down the stairs in my house at least 5x per day whether I’m doing laundry or not
  • Eat nothing after 8:30 PM.

I’d be lying if I said I was 100% pleased with my progress this week. I could have certainly done better with water intake towards the end of the week. I started out strong, usually finishing a 20-ounce bottle in the 50 minutes before taking the kids to school in the mornings. By Thursday, I was tired of peeing. Realistically, on nights that I’m awake after midnight, I should down the first twenty ounces before going to bed. That will give me a head start, plus I won’t go to bed feeling hungry.

[Sidenote 4] If only my bladder could hold that mess till 6:40 AM without sounding the “You’re gonna pee the bed alarm”.

I am committed to being healthier.

And I am committed to sharing my Mission SLIMpossible journey, with you.

[Sidenote 4] Doesn’t that make you want to hum the James Bond theme?

I plan to kick MY THREE NUMBERS in the booty.

Any advice or encouragement you have each week will be greatly appreciated!

[Sidenote 5] Use the comment section for this.