Monday, February 14, 2011

Sarah D. Start-up Journal Post

Hello, Ladies! This is my very first time participating in one of Dani Joy's challenges, and I'm excited!

I am a missionary wife and mom in Indonesia. I have two kids, and unfortunately though my youngest will be 3 next month, losing the pregnancy weight has not been easy for me. In fact, it hasn't gone so well at all, especially with the 2nd! Right now I am the heaviest I have ever been (except when I was pregnant!) at 210 lbs (I am 5'10" tall.) So, I definitely have some weight to lose!

Here is a picture of me and my family, taken this past Christmas:

Adjusting my diet is difficult for me here. We only have white sugar and white flour. No wheat flours or alternative sweeteners or anything healthy like that. Also, I have to cook/bake EVERYTHING from scratch. So trying to adjust the diet is hard, and to be honest baking is one of my stress relievers. And of course if I bake it I have to eat it. But I am not one of those eat-the-whole-cake-at-once kind of people. I'll have one cookie for dessert, and that's it. But I guess maybe I should be cutting out the cookies altogether... we'll see... I'm not sure I am that disciplined!!!

I have been incorporating exercise into my routine again for the last few weeks, and hope to keep that up. So even if I don't see much weight loss I do hope to see some inch loss. I did measure myself yesterday and will record those here just for comparison's sake!

Oh whoops, had to edit to add my measurements. Here they are:
Left arm: 14"
Right arm: 14"
Left thigh: 28"
Right thigh: 28"
Waist: 35"
Bust: 39"
Chest: 33"
Hips: 46"

And, I took a picture of myself yesterday... in my exercise clothes (yes, I exercise in the privacy of my home... no way I am going out in public in those!!!) So here's my "before" picture. We'll see if the "after" shows any change at all!

I guess I am not really expecting super-dramatic results after this challenge. But I am hoping for a little bit of accountability, and maybe on a day when I don't feel like exercising, or feel like eating a cookie instead of an orange, I will take the more healthy option, just because I know I keep track of the points here! Looking forward to getting to know everyone else! Blessings!
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