Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking: “I thought this was a dance blog, not a weight loss blog.” The truth is RememberDance’s purpose is to lift and inspire others through my dance experiences. One of which happens to be weight loss. So this page is where I am going to tell my weight loss story and check in with weekly updates on my progress.
Here is where it started:
Most of my adult life I have been anywhere from 5-15 pounds overweight according to the BMI tables that I was able to find. It was always something that I wanted to change, but I never really knew how and never really put in the effort to find out. After having my first baby, I was finding it extremely hard to lose weight and get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (162lbs) and what was worse, I knew that even once I got to my pre-pregnancy weight, my weight would still not be where I wanted it to be. The first 20 pounds of baby weight flew off, but once I stopped breast feeding I hit a wall. My body was stuck at 177 pounds- the most I had ever weighed. I knew that if I didn’t do something this would most likely be my new normal weight. So the journey began.
With the new year coming, my family and I decided to take matters into our own hands and do a family weight loss competition. “Biggest Loser Boncurs Style” is what we called it. My dad introduced me to a FANTASTIC phone app called myfitnesspal so that we could have a plan this time. The app is basically a way to know how many calories you should be eating to lose x amount of weight a week and a way to track your daily caloric intake. Our program was going to be 3 months (about 12 weeks) long and my goal was to lose 22 lbs during that time.
As the competition got going I noticed that I was really building up momentum. About a month in I wanted to find some exercises that I enjoyed and would help my weight loss to go faster. Dance was something that I had always wanted to try, but I doubted my abilities and I was also self conscience about my weight (167 at this point). Thanks to my sweet husband, I got up the courage to attend my first ballet class. I loved it so the next night I went to the beginning jazz class as well. Attending 2 dance classes a week wasn’t a ton of exercise, but it served as so much more than a way to burn calories. Dancing gave me a new outlook on life and just one more reason to continue on my weight loss journey.
The competition was a huge success! I lost a total of 18 pounds (not quite the 22 I wanted, but still) and ended up coming in second place to my oldest brother who lost 28 pounds! Our competition is over, but I am still going strong on my weight loss. I wish that I could rewind time so that I could take a before picture and do weekly updates from the beginning, but alas. So from here on out I will be posting my weekly weigh-in results. along with the occasional picture for when I hit milestones.
Here I go!
Week 1 (1/2/2013): 177 lbs/ zero pounds lost/ 40 pounds to go
Week 19 (5/6/2013): 153.5 lbs/ 23.5 pounds lost/ 16.5 pounds to go