Half As Small As You

In that endless struggle that most women seem to have with being active and eating healthy and, of course, losing weight (and those of you who don't - fuck you), I am once again behind the 8-ball. So when Casey over at Half as Good as You started Club "Half as Small as You", I thought, Hnh...I should do that. I'm not motivated enough on my own.

So a week and a half later, here I am, joining the club. Yeah, yeah.

I have to fill out the waiver form first:

1. What motivates you and why do you want to do this challenge?
Food motivates me. That's probably not going to be helpful. Usually, being held accountable by someone else (even if it's people on the internet I'll never meet in real life) works, but other than that I'm pretty self-motivated. I want to do this because I hit my goal weight in July, and then promptly fell off the wagon 2 seconds later.

2. What is your long term goal?
I'd like to get back to my goal weight (about 10 lbs), and tone up. And lose this muffin top I got going on. Really long term, I just want to stay active so I don't shrivel up into a wheelchair before I'm 60.

3. What tools are available to you?
Jogging stroller, mp3 player, dog that needs exercising herself, and a shiny new membership to the Y. Thinking about buying a Wii Fit. Does that even count for people that aren't geriatric?

4. How often can you exercise?
'Can I', or 'Will I'?? I could probably exercise every morning except Thursdays, but I won't. Let's be sensible here. I'm hoping to hit the gym 3 times a week, and maybe go for a walk here and there.

5. What do you plan on doing?
Swim for Two on Mondays, regular gym-type workouts a couple other mornings a week. I have a buddy that wants to join me in pushing the stroller around the track at the fieldhouse, but she tends to fall into the 'ambler' category rather than 'power walker', so probably not much of a workout there.

In the food department...hhrm. I'm not doing too badly, I just have to recognize my weakness, which is SUGAR. Sweet, sweet, sugar. I can avoid desserts but it gets me in sneaky ways. Like I have to stop drinking the nasty-ass tar coffee they have at the office, because it requires a boatload of sugar and creamer to make it palatable. I'll have to caffeinate at home with the good stuff that I can drink black.

(I AM NOT A COFFEE SNOB. I'm doing this for my health, people).

I also have to get my hubby to stop bringing home treats. I know it's because he loves me but it's hard to turn down a gift, y'know?

7. What has worked for you in the past?
Weight Watchers worked really well post-baby, but I don't think I'll do it this time, because it's a pain in the ass. I know what's good for me and what isn't, duh. I'm just going to avoid sugar and eat smaller portions of everything else.

Workouts have to be as accessible as possible for me, and if it doesn't seem like a workout that's even bettern (ha!). I joined the Y because they have drop-in daycare for X while I work out, and a pool, and classes I can take that include my kid. The jogging stroller is enjoyable for both of us, but it's gets freakin' cold here in the winter, so not terribly feasible over the next few months.

So....here goes. Berate me into a sobbing heap Wish me luck!