I'm so excited to share a new weekly feature with you!
THIN FOR YOU THURSDAY!
The idea of Thin For You Thursday was born while my sister Holly was here visiting this summer. So she is going to be joining me here every week to host this feature which we hope will become a gathering place where we can support one another in our attempts to live healthier lives!
HOLLY: I used to think about losing 5 pounds and I would lose it. Now it seems
that I think about losing 5 pounds and I gain it. I think it's a
combination of things. I used to have mountains of willpower and now I
have the willpower of a 3 year old in a candy store. I also used to be a
teenager and now I'm 41. I used to have a pre-baby body, and now I have
a post 4 babies body. It's all relative, really. I usually wear a size
10. Sometimes a 12. Every once in a while I find that coveted 8 that I
can pull on without looking like a full sized bed in a twin sized sheet.
I'm not necessarily super heavy, but I used to wear a size 6, sometimes
an 8, and once in a while that coveted size 4. I never had a protruding
collar bone, or a flamingo thigh gap even at my smallest. But now I'm
just going for those lovely days when my chest is bigger than my
stomach. (just keeping it real)
WENDY: Here's a photo of us taken while she was here. I'm going to be honest with you. I knew that I had put on weight. I talked about it here. (And I've even put on a weight since then). But it wasn't until Holly was visiting that I realized how much weight I'd put on. This photo makes me unhappy. So I decided that it was high time I did something about my weight. Now, Holly and I both realize that size is relative. I am currently a size 10/12. For some people, 10/12 is ideal...and we both realize that. I am, however, short (5'3") and small-framed. In high school I was a size 0...I am under no delusions that I will ever be that size again. But I am most comfortable in a size 4/6. When I wear that size, I also fall within my ideal weight range and BMI, so that is what I am aiming to achieve. Here's where the Thin For You Thursday philosophy comes in to play. I'm not aiming to be a stick-thin fashion model. I'm not even aiming to be the same size I was. I do want to be healthy. I want to fall within the weight guidelines for my height and frame. I want to make sure I'm exercising and staying in good shape. But I don't want to put unrealistic media-induced expectations on my weight loss.
HOLLY: I was telling myself that I
would be accountable. I don't need to be skinny, I just want to be fit
and feel good. Wendy and I decided that we would be accountable to
each other. Thursday was the day that we would check in and report our
progress. We would make realistic goals that didn't cause anxiety (or
the lack of chocolate in my case.) We would take it slow. We wouldn't
worry about what the world expected of us, we would worry about what we
expected of us. We would be healthy for us, fit for us, thin for us. No
living on lettuce covered in sugar free chocolate syrup. No wrapping
ourselves in saran wrap to try to sweat off an extra centimeter. Just a
healthier, more accountable us... We started on our journey and lo and
behold... we saw results.
WENDY: Why Thursday? Well, in my opinion, it's the perfect day to be accountable...it's the day before the weekend starts...and it gives me enough time to hopefully undo any "damage" that may have occurred the previous weekend. Since the above photo was taken, I have lost 8 pounds by watching my daily food intake and exercising! I'm on my way.
HOLLY: My big sis and I got to talking and thought..."wouldn't it be great if
we had a support group. People to share their success and motivate
one another. People to share their little secrets and snacks that help
them stave off the munchies. Send us a picture when they are feeling
extra spiffy." (that was our "aha" moment.) And.......Thin For You
Thursday was born.
WENDY: Holly and I both hope to create a community here where we can support one another in getting healthy and becoming thin for us! Not thin for anybody else. Each week we will set a goal to work on...and then we'll report back on our progress the next week. You can work on the same goal with us...or set one of your own. It's all about working to become the best you that you can be. And doing it in realistic, baby steps.
HOLLY: I am happy to announce that I am down 5 pounds since we started this
journey, and I intend to keep on going. Slow and steady wins the race. I
have a very emotional week ahead of me, so my realistic goal for this
week is to not be an emotional eater. (within reason ;) )
WENDY: My goal this week is to drink more water! I had quit drinking Diet Coke entirely...but then I started drinking it again while Holly was visiting this summer. Lol! So my goal is to increase my water intake while I decrease my soda consumption. Wish me luck!
We're also going to be setting up an Instagram account where we will post our weight loss, but also inspiration for all of us on our Thin For You journeys! Make sure and follow us there!
AND Look for some progress photos coming in next week's post!!!
Won't you join us on this journey?