Sunday, September 21, 2008

Happy One Year Blogiversary to Me...

That's right. One year ago today - September 21, 2007 - I created this blog and wrote my first ever post.

I had started Weight Watchers at the beginning of September 2007, and had then started discovering blogs written by people who were doing Weight Watchers. It was a whole new world. I found it really motivating and encouraging to read these blogs, knowing others were sharing the same struggles. Which led me to think: Perhaps writing a blog would help me.

It's been fun exploring the blogosphere. I've discovered blogs that I really enjoy keeping up with, blogs that are informative, helpful, entertaining.

Unfortunately, as far as helping me reach my goal, the blog has not been such a success. I am pretty much sitting in the exact same spot I was when I started. As far as weight loss goes, it would seem that I have not yet managed to get it right.

I really don't want to be sitting here on Sept 21 of 2009 typing the same thing over again. So I am renewing my efforts. I have to work harder, work smarter, and figure out how to lose these extra pounds and get down to a healthy weight.

It sort of seems like fate that Angie decided to create The Biggest Loser Blog Edition Challenge which starts today. I figure it can't hurt to have a little extra motivation to work hard. Not to mention fellow challengers to give me a kick in the butt when I'm not giving my best effort.

So, a review of my weight loss status/goals...

I am 5' tall, 144.0 lbs as of Friday. According to Height-Weight charts, BMI measurements, and Waist-Hip Ratio I am over weight. I'm aiming to get down to 120 lb which puts me inside the healthy weight range for my height.

I've been tracking calories using The Daily Plate. I started out with calorie target recommended by the site. I adjusted it downward for the second time on Friday.

I have also been using PeerTrainer which allows you to join groups for support. It also allows me to publish a link to my daily log. The link is in my sidebar, so that's how you can check up on me.

I think my biggest issue is tracking. In particular, I tend to let it slide on weekends. Which may not seem like a big deal, but unfortunately I don't think I have a lot of wiggle room when it comes to calorie consumption. I find it too easy to come up with reasons why I can let myself off the hook for calorie counting and I do it too often. So I guess that's what I need to work on.

I have never posted a picture of myself before, but it seems like this is the ideal time to post a before picture. Let's hope that the after will be posted soon!



Anonymous said...

I think you look beautiful. Congratulations for being honest with yourself about your progress. I hate those height/weight charts because they don't account for so many individual variations, you know? In any case, good luck with everything and HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!

Unknown said...

happy one-year anniversary! i think you're doing a great job at blogging and regardless of how good/bad you think you're doing - it's the journey that counts... don't look at the bumps in the road as negatives but more as detours taking you another way (or weigh, if you want to be funny)... ;o)

the Bag Lady said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!
I think you look great, but if you aren't comfortable, then by all means, do something about it. But don't be too hard on yourself - Jodi is right - it's the journey that counts!

Crissy Rae said...

You look great, the hair. Happy one year anniversary in cyberspace! Let's kick things up a notch or two..three and reach our goals. You can do it.

Leigh Anne said...

WOW a year of maintaining a blog? That's a success in itself. I totally agree with you on the whole weekend thing. If I eat something that I don't know the points of, I sometimes write it down but don't track points and then figure what's the point of tracking points for the rest of the day. NO MORE!!!!

Unknown said...

Happy Blogiversary! ;) Wt loss may have not been there for you as you have wished... but as someone had said already, it is the journey that counts and I have enjoyed reading about everything! Your garden pics alone encourage me. :)

I really noticed that I am more aware of everything when I blog. This past summer when I wasn't, things were not too great. It is like a diary.

BTW - you look great! ;)

Unknown said...

Happy blogiversary! And its so cool to see what you look like:)

~Laura said...

Happy blogiversary to you!!! you have done a great job:)

JavaChick said...

Thanks everyone! You are all so kind!

I really do want/need to lose these extra pounds because I don't feel good at this weight, I don't like how I look (Except my hair. I do have nice hair. Thanks Cyrstal!).

I'm not quite sure how to do it because I do feel like I have been trying and not getting anywhere, but eventually something has to start working, right?

Anyway, thanks again ladies! Your support is much appreciated. :)