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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Accountability

One of the most important things to me during my weight loss journey is accountability. Reporting to someone and feeling the pressure of that changes how you think and act. 
I do many different things to hold myself accountable....
* joined myfitnesspal.com I log everything I eat and have many friends on there who can see my log.
       seeing a log of what you are eating helps you be more aware of what is going in your body! 
       (An alternative to this could be writing everything down)  
* MLFC this is a group on Facebook. Every month there are different challenges, some with prizes,            
   some without. Being part of a group that has similar goals in mind has helped tremendously.
* dietbet.com exactly like it sounds. You bet money to lose weight! What could be more motivating     
   than money?!?!?!?
* THIS BLOG! Telling you all my goals makes me stay accountable! 
* Last but certainly not least! My sister, Brianna! Brianna decided her New Years resolution this year is  
   to lose weight! What better way to stay accountable than to continue being a good role model as well
   as providing tips and advice to your little sister?!?! Brianna and I have decided to have monthly
   challenges with each other and create a workout calendar each month to help us stay accountable! 
       

Friday, January 4, 2013

Intro!



I'm going to start by introducing myself. My name is Hope, I'm 26 years old. My husband Rick and I have been married for about 4 1/2 years. We have a son, Blake who is 2 years old. And our dog Jada is 6 years old. The three of them are my whole world. They are what complete me. 
After I had my son I lost all the weight I had gained during pregnancy, however I managed  to gain most of it back. About a year after he was born I realized I was only 20 pounds away from the weight I was when I gave birth. I was absolutely horrified and disgusted. But instead of doing what I needed to to get the weight off. I just became depressed about it. Therefore I continued to gain weight. In June of 2012 I was only 5 pounds away from my full term pregnancy weight. Around this time my best friend/cousin Justin introduced me to herbalife. I realized this was my chance to GET THIS WEIGHT OFF! At the end of June, I started drinking 2 herbalife meal replacement shakes a day. In the first month, I managed to lose 12 pounds! This gave me the motivation and energy to do more! After that 1st month, I started the couch to 5k (c25k) program. C25k is basically a running app that gradually builds you up to running a 5k! I had amazing success with this also and lost 8 more pounds the 2nd month. 
Lets jump ahead to now! As of today, I have lost a total of 45 pounds and have at least 20 more I would like to lose. My current weight loss strategy is...... Water, water, water! I still drink 2 herbalife meal replacement shakes a day, log EVERYTHING I eat on my fitness pal (MFP) feel free to follow me there (khmarshall21), As well as various exercises to prevent boredom such as running, turbo fire and classes at the gym. 
My goal is to motivate and inspire others to lose weight and be healthy!