So Mr. Man and I decided to have a little challenge, a competition, if you will amongst the two of us.
We felt it was time we did something about the weight we've gained in the last couple of years.
When we first met, we were definitely a lot smaller and weighed a lot less than we do now. I mean just look at this pic below.
Back in 2000. Around the time when we first met each other.
And this is our most recent decent picture together taken 2 months ago.
Personally, my weight gain started a few years after I had my 2nd son. It's when I started working at PC Club.
Here I am about a few months before I started working at PC Club back in 2003. To go back to this would be my dream! It's funny how back then, I thought I was fat! OMG how I wish I could be at this weight. This would be my goal.
Going out to lunch with my co-workers on a daily basis and eating fast food and greasy asian food is what did it for me. On top of that, I didn't work out. I ended up gaining I would say about 15-20lbs.
Then I got pregnant with baby E and gained weight because of the pregnancy, but was fortunate enough to lose that weight pretty quick.
Here I was just a month or so before I found out I was pregnant back in 2008. Not too bad right? I mean even to go back to this, I'd be pretty happy.
I watched the scales throughout my pregnancy and gained a total of 28 pounds. I was so happy that those 28 pounds came off only about 3 weeks after baby E was born.
Here's a fuzzy pic of me just 3 weeks after giving birth.
Then in September/October of 2009 I started to notice myself gaining weight. Actually I noticed a lot of different symptoms, fatigue, exhaustion, insomnia, weight gain, hair loss. I accounted all of that to being a new mom and taking care of a newborn. I didn't think much of it.
I went in for my yearly checkup with my gynecologist in October and he must have thought something was up with me because he ordered quite a few blood tests. A month later, it was confirmed by my primary doctor that I have Hypothyroidism - which more than likely developed from postpartum throiditis.
I started treatment and it has helped me in terms of getting my thyroid levels back to normal, but not so much so in the weight department. I am now at my heaviest (not being pregnant) and it has gotten to me.
So this challenge is not only a challenge between Mr. Man and I, but a challenge with myself. I want to see if I can lose weight, exercise and eat right all while having this condition.
The challenge will last 3 months. We have 3 months to lose weight and the person who lost the most percentage wise will be the winner.
The prize? My prize will be a new tattoo. I've been wanting to get one for the longest time and he just hasn't agreed to it so that's why I haven't gotten a new one yet. So if I win, that is my prize!
I told BFF, Ceejae, to make an appointment for a session because I know I'm going to win. LOL.
But I don't know if I will win because I know Mr. Man can do it. He's done it before. Lost the weight and did it well. I mean just look at these before and after pictures.
Taken January 2008
Taken May 2008
He lost 40 pounds and 4 pant sizes in just 4 months.... so hmm.. I'm pretty sure he can do it again. =X
Our challenge starts tomorrow, April 5th and will end on July 4th with the results "show" =P at our annual 4th of July bbq/pool party.
I'll even periodically blog about it throughout the 3 months. We will be doing before and after pictures too.
Does anyone have any tips on exercises, food recipes, on anything that'll help me win this challenge? I need all the motivation I can get.
So with that said, weigh-in will be tonight... eeeeeek, I've been piggin' out all weekend knowing this is the last weekend I can actually pig out. I wonder how much I weigh!
Wish me Luck!!