My multi-talented friend, Amy of I Heart Faces and Living Locurto, took this photo of me. I'm showing this photo of me because the ones I took scare me.
Almost one week ago, I made a decision that would not only affect my life, but also the lives of those around me: I chose to limit my caloric intake. That's right folks, I decided to stop eating so dang much. And friends, readers, pals...that means I feel like a woman with major PMS. In fact, more than once I've had to remind my husband that I'm not a witch--I'm your wife. Name that movie.
Now, I refuse to call my quest to reduce calories a diet. I don't diet. I don't like diets. I've never been the kind to try diets. When you watch the video below you'll understand. Let's just say Slim Fast in the 90s put me off to diets...and the forty-billion people that walked into the health food stores I worked at as a young adult asking about the Atkins Diet.
Am I still a young adult? Even at almost 30?
I've actually been thinking about eating healthier for awhile. Natalie from Nat the Fat Rat inspired me with this photo. Mindee from Our Front Door inspired me further. Except Mindee doesn't eat sugar and honestly I can't do without that. Natalie just has a naturally fine body--no fair.
In the video below you'll hear how I say I weigh as much as my husband's grandmother. What you won't hear me say is exactly how much that is...mostly because I don't want to embarrass myself. And I respect old people. My Texan upbringing taught me that. If you know my husband's grandmother, then you know that I am not talking about a huge amount of weight. Certainly some others weigh more and would kill to be the size I am. But like Mindee, I don't feel good at this size (well the boobs are a plus). A change would be good for me. Plus I am afraid of the health consequences if I pack on anymore pounds...
My mother has been overweight her entire life. Her mother is overweight. My great-grandmother was overweight. My mother has Type II diabetes. All of them have high blood pressure. This is a cycle in my family. I'm not ready to join them.
So here's my attempt to vlog about what has to be the hardest decision of my life: losing 35 pounds. I thought it was only 20. Please excuse my poor attempt to record myself. I don't have a video cam and so I had to use my cell phone. Next time I'll turn off the annoying beeping notifications.
PS: If you have any questions or comments about my approach or just want to name that movie or tell me I'm still young, feel free to do so in the comments. However, no need to tell me my underwear is showing...check.