New Challenge for a New Me

Just over a year ago my husband challenged himself to lose weight.  In addition, he challenged his friends and family to contribute money to charity for each pound he lost.  He lost weight and raised a lot of money for charity.  During all this he blogged about his successes and failures; his good days and his bad days.  He also blogged about the amount of weight he needed to lose.  I was very proud of the courage he displayed in sharing what so many of us consider to be ‘personal information.’  Yet, he stepped on the scale, snapped a photo of the numbers and put the photo on his blog for all to see.

I will be the first to admit that I’m not brave enough to step on the scale and snap a photo.  For a matter-of-fact, I haven’t been brave enough to  step on a scale for a very long time.  After all, what I don’t know won’t hurt me and it’s a whole lot easier to look in the mirror and tell myself that I haven’t really gained that much weight.  I can still squeeze into my clothes and can avoid going into clothing store dressing rooms pretty easily.  Oh, and I’m sure one more cookie isn’t going to hurt because I can work it off.  Also, I really like sweet tea, but there aren’t that many calories in a glass or two or three.

Denial is a powerful tool, but over the last several weeks I’ve started facing the fact that there are just some things you cannot hide.

– I can’t hide the fact that I’m not longer a size 6.

– I can’t hide the fact that my energy level has never been this low.

– I can’t hide the fact that I’m tired all the time.

– I can’t hide the fact that I will soon need to break out the warmer clothes that may or may not fit me.

– I can’t hide the fact that I am not eating right.

The list goes on, but I think you get the point.

A few days ago I made a decision that things needed to change and today I stepped on the scale.  Oh how I wish those numbers lied, but they don’t and tomorrow morning I will begin my new challenge for a new me.

No, I still won’t be stepping on the scale and taking a photo to share (not quite brave enough for that), but I will tell you that I have set a goal to lose 25 lbs in 90 days.  It’s a lofty goal, but I’ve come to  realize that my hubby deserves to have a happy, active and healthy wife.  My kids deserve to have a happy, active and healthy mommy.  Most of all, I deserve to have a happy, active and healthy me.  I’m going to work hard to achieve my goals and 25 lbs gone is just the beginning.

I am also going to check in here from week to week and let you know how I’m doing.  I know from personal experience how easy it is to be motivated and energized to get started and I know how easy it is to lose that motivation and energy when things get hard.  So I’m asking each of you to help keep me motivated.  I’m asking each of you to follow my journey to a happier, more active and healthier Debbie by leaving comments on my blog posts to let me know you’re reading, you’re watching and hopefully you’ll also be cheering me on.




  1. You CAN do it Debbie! I’ve lost 33 lbs since February and am still losing! It’s hard..but you’ll be surprised at how fast it comes off once you start!;) And don’t weigh too often…sometimes the weight will come off in “spurts” and not on a consistent basis… Oh, and buy a skinnier pair of jeans(the size you want to be in) and try them on often…it’s very motivating;)! Now get movin’!:)

    • Wow Renae! Great job!!!! You give me even more inspiration.

      I have jeans in my dresser that haven’t seen the light of day in years. I’ll take your advice, pulle them out and try them on from time to time to see how close i’m getting to my goal.

  2. Good for you Debbie! I inadvertently lost 15 pounds after we got back from Congo from some crazy stomach bug. But I haven’t put it back on yet and I feel much better!

  3. Congratulations on losing that much weight in such a short time!! I am posting this at the start not the end of your time as you are a winner already.

    I need to do the same, more in fact, but now is not the right time for me. It is for you and I will be cheering you on.

    Well done on your achievement!! x

    • Don’t get me wrong, I need to take off more than 25 lbs, but am using this as a starting point during my first 90 days. It’s going to take me much longer than 90 days to lose all the weight I need to lose. Thanks for your support. Suddenly I feel like a political candidate 🙂

      • Oh no… please no politics! I am about to jump off a bridge because of all the political snarking going on!! 🙂

        You are better than that anyway!

  4. Go Girl!!!!!!!!!!! Can you bottle some of that motivation and send it my way???? I’ll be cheering you on!!!!!!!!!!!

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