Friday, January 7, 2011

The 52 Week Challenge!

I will put at the beginning of this post that my great friend Becki and I are on a weight loss journey together and we both decided that in order to help us be more accountable we would post about it on our blogs. She has been brave and posted a lot about her situation including her starting weight, so I am going to join her! Also, I know I can do this with confidence because anyone who reads this blog loves me and won't judge me based on my size. With that said....

I am 6 foot 1 in tall. I have always been tall, but with that came other things. "Big bones", "Broad shoulders", "Strength". But those things came with another title in my head "FAT!!!!" When I graduated high school I weighed 200 pounds. Then I went off to school at SUU, and I had to walk everywhere, and I made great friends that I enjoyed goofing around with, and I had limited money so I didn't eat as much. I also decided to cut sugar out of my diet my freshman year. Therefore, in the course of that year I lost 20 pounds and got down to 180. I felt great, looked great, and now as I look back to that 15 years and two kids ago, I realize that is where I want to be again. A healthy 180 pounds. I think that is very reasonable for someone who is 6 foot 1 inch tall.

So hear we go. The reason I am titling my journey the 52 week challenge is multi-faceted. It is very convenient that there are 52 weeks in a year. I would like to have achieved my goal in a year. And it just so happens that 52 x 2 is 104. In order to reach my goal of 180 I will have to lose 104 pounds. That is right, people. I am putting it out there for all the world to see. I am starting at 284 pounds. (As of Saturday, January 1st, when I intended to post this.) I am also going to post my measurements, as I think they can also be a great indication of weight loss. My arms are 15 inches, my bust is 48 inches, my waist is 47 inches, my hips are 51 inches, and my thighs are 29 inches.

I will be updating this blog every Saturday after my morning weigh in. I know I may not always reach my weekly goal of 2 pounds, but with help, encouragement and hard work I can strive to get there, and get more healthy and feel better about myself in the process. I would love any comments to help me along my way. Here goes......
Me now, front view, and unhappy. We'll see how that facial expression changes over the weeks!
Me now, side view. Not for long!!!

10 comments:

Becki said...

Good job Caradon!! It takes a lot to post this out to the public and friends and world to see...so good job!! We will succeed and get to where we want to be!!! We can do it!! Thanks for supporting me and helping me through...it's good for BOTH of us!! Love you :)

Tambi Lane said...

I am so proud of you!!! What a courageous thing you are doing!! I am so excited to take this journey with you and see what happens in the next year. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

Melissa said...

Way to go Caradon! You can do it!

Becky Whitney said...

way to go girl! I am with you! Maybe when it gets warm we can all go walking and walking and walking! We will be the cutest ward in LDS history!Tee hee hee

Karen Brothersen said...

My dear friend, I have to say....YOU ROCK! You are going to accomplish this! Let us know what is working and what is not! Studio 5 is doing a 10 lb. challenge. You should sign up! I did! There is a trainer and health coach at your beck and call for FREE! Prizes, tips. But you have to sign up today! Last day! Good luck!

wendy said...

Hooray, Caradon!! You can totally do this! I'm so impressed with all of your efforts! Thanks for inviting me to Zumba, too!!

Holland said...

That is so awesome, Caradon!!! I have so much faith that you will get back to where you want to be. I think the blog is a great idea! What kind of things are you doing to lose weight?

The Jenkins Family said...

Caradon, I am so very proud of you, always have been always will be. You know I am supporting you in this and 2 lbs a week is a completely do-able goal. Especially when you are already ahead of schedule!! Keep up the good work, I think I will follow your example. I will check in with you often. Love you so much!! Love, Lindsay

Roberts Family said...

Great start Caradon! You have a strong mind and will definitely be able to do this!

The Gubler Family said...

I think you are onto a great start. It is a great goal and should be a fun year. I hope you keep coming to the aerobics classes. I enjoy seeing you there.