Let’s Make a Plan

Merry Christmas Eve Eve.  Two more days…it is hard to believe but it is here.  All I can say at this point is thank goodness for Amazon Prime.  I finished my Christmas shopping on Sunday afternoon and all of the gifts will arrive today.  Done and done.  Love it!  Are you done with your Christmas shopping?  If not, good luck out there.  It is cray-cray!

I am off school for the next two weeks.  I always find myself doing quite a bit of quiet reflection over the year and thinking about the upcoming year.  It is so interesting to look back on the past few years and see where I was and how things have changed.  I used the archive function on the side of the blog to go back and read some old posts.

I started this blog in 2011 when I was at a very low point in weight and a high point in weight loss.  I had just won a weight loss competition, was weighing in the mid 170’s and was feeling good.

After Biggest Loser Competition

Then, in December of that year, I was celebrating making it to a total of 100 pounds gone and was on my way to Disney!

Jen wearing a Disney Hat

Fast forward to the end of 2012 where I finished the year weighing 190.  I was not happy with that number due to the fact that I steadily gained weight all year.

Then there was the end of 2013.  I was weighing around 197 at that point.  My Weight Watcher leader left and I was contemplating whether or not to continue.

Jason and Jen at Christmas Eve Service

Now on to this year.  I am finishing this year around 220…give or take a few pounds.  I will weigh on January 1 for my upcoming Dietbet and start from whatever that number is!

I have gained approximately 25 pounds this year.  I am ready to get rid of these 25 pounds and move on.  I will talk more about this year later next week but for now, let’s just say, I am glad 2014 is ending.  It was a hellacious year!  I don’t take pictures of myself anymore so I don’t have any to post on here so you can see my current state.  That is probably for the best.

Now, before you all get all, “Self Love” on me.  I DO love myself.  I DO care about myself even though I weigh more than I did finishing out last year.  I have plenty of self love.  I just don’t like my current body and the way my clothes fit.  And…there is nothing wrong with being discontent with my current state.  It doesn’t mean I don’t love myself.  It just means I have loved eating more this year…  If I didn’t love myself, I wouldn’t give two rips about my weight gain and how I look.  #offmysoapbox

Now, I have some decisions to make.  They might seem like simple decisions but for me, they aren’t.  Obviously, doing my own thing isn’t quite working for me.  I know I need someone to weigh me in.  I have to have accountability.  I don’t necessarily need new information.  I feel like I have all the information I need.  I just need to make good choices and stick with it.  I can’t financially afford Weight Watchers or a gym.  I have to do what I can do with minimal cost.  Whatever I decide, I need to fully commit and go full force.

I know one thing, the last time I felt REALLY good was when I was eating “Paleo” which is essentially just real, whole foods.  I know I will go back to that plan with Larry’s help.  I also know that I feel REALLY good when I cut out unnatural sugar from my diet.  Sweets are not good for my body.  Those two things will be big parts of my plan for the upcoming year.  I also know that my husband, Jason, is going to be 110% on bored with whatever plan I go with.  He is not feeling so thin these days either and he is pretty sick of it.

Make a plan and stick with it.  That is the current plan.  Now, to figure out my plan…

Do you already have a plan for the New Year?  If so, share it with us in the comments.

Keep Calm and Make a Plan

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.