I talk quite a bit here on the blog about my dieting & exercising "attempts". But we all know that 98% of the time, I'm full of crap. I love food that is bad for me. Love it. And I love lazing around reading and watching TV and movies and doing nothing.
I'm a couch potato. No number of Wii exercise games and Jillian Michaels DVDs and Weight Watchers website browsing will change that.
Remember when I mentioned that I was nervous about Saturday's shopping expedition for dresses for Lindsay's wedding? Well, I had every reason to be nervous. For starters, I have the terrible pressure of Lindsay threatening me that I have to drop 50 lbs. by the time of her wedding.
Kidding. KIDDING!! (Trust me, she's starting to hate that joke.)
No, this is a self-imposed You must lose weight or I'm gonna KILL YOU threat that I'm laying down.
Because on Saturday, after we found a dress that we all liked, the stupid lady who took our measurements (she wasn't really stupid, I was just mad at myself) told me I was closer to needing a PLUS-SIZED DRESS that, on top of being an entirely too-embarrassing size to even mention here, was also going to cost me $30 extra.
I thought for one split-second and said, "Nope. I will order the lower size."
She pursed her lips and looked at me doubtfully. "Really? Because, you know, it's easier to take a dress in if you happened to lose weight, than to squeeze into a dress that's too small if you don't lose weight."
I think my reply was something along these lines: "Oh, don't worry, I'm going to lose the weight. I'm going to fit into that dress."
I could tell she was skeptical. I don't blame her. She probably hears this from fat brides and bridesmaids all the time. And then, they end up scrambling at the end to shed pounds so that they don't break the zippers of the dress while trying to force themselves into it, all sausage-like.
The good news for little ol' me? I have nine months to work on this. I have lots of advance notice that I am gonna have to bust my ass to drop some weight and inches.
Yeah, I know. My mom has been harping at me about this since March, when Lindsay & Ryan got engaged and she asked me to be her MOH. I've actually had over four months to prepare for dress shopping, and I did diddly-squat about it. I could already have a head-start on this weight loss mission, but noooooo.
I'm not sure what I thought was going to happen. Magic? Divine assistance? Some kind of tapeworm that was going to do the work for me?
Whatever it was, it clearly didn't happen.
So now it's up to me. Time to hold myself accountable. And I have the incentive now. A dress that I must fit into by May 12, 2012.
It's do-able. I've lost weight before. I worked hard to do it, and that's what's gotta happen again. So from now on, you will only see me drinking gallons of water and licking ice cubes on sticks. Perhaps I will suck on a piece of lettuce from time to time for a special treat. (Again, kidding. Won't be that extreme. Hopefully.)
But drastic times call for drastic measures. Twigs and berries. It all starts today. And I'm hoping that every Monday from here on in, I can come here and brag to you guys about how much weight I've lost. I'm not telling you the starting number - again, far too embarrassing. But I'll be sure to be shouting from the rooftops when that number goes down!!
That being said, if anyone has any links to favourite HEALTHY EATING WEBSITES, hook a sister up. Lately all I've been doing is looking at recipe blogs and Pinterest recipes for things like that Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip cake, and Mac & Cheese, and Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip, and Mexican Dorito Casserole, and Cheese & Herb biscuits. Yeah. Reallllll healthy stuff.
One more thing before I go. I haven't forgotten...
It's coming very, very soon!! I have most of the giveaway set & ready to go, I just need to add a few final touches. Hopefully by mid-week I will be able to finally share it with you. Stay tuned!!