There is no better excuse for falling off the diet wagon than pregnancy. And boy, did I fall. I enjoyed my extra ahem 300 calories a day. I am positive I never exceeded that guideline. Because root beer floats from Sonic are not more than 300 calories, right? RIGHT?
But the pregnancy ended on January 18 with the introduction of this black haired beauty to the world.
And after a couple of ravenous months of breastfeeding, I decided it was time again to begin again. Without my beloved Weight Watchers group from my old job at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, I wasn't sure where to begin. I knew I could count points online, but I also know myself, and I know I do better with a support system, much like my Weight Watchers meeting. I need FRIENDS to help me lose weight. So I started talking to my friends in the social services community about having our own sort of meeting, and how that might look, and together we formed a plan.
We are Bouncing Back Into Health with Ballard Community Services! We've formed a small morning group of staff from Ballard Center, Mt. Hope Learning Center, Centro Hispano, Healthy Families, Parents as Teachers, and Family Centered Therapy & Provider Supports that is committed to living more healthily, possibly reducing our body weight, and generally being supportive of one another through this process.
As a small incentive, each member of the group has paid in $5 to a community pot to be taken home by the person who loses the highest percentage of his or her body weight during our 10 week challenge.
So far, I've lost four pounds! But my colleagues are far ahead of me. I need to get back in the saddle, AGAIN. My family had a difficult week last week and my answer to grieving is eating. So I made pizza and tacos and all manner of treats to help them through a troubled time. But, like I told Julie, our Ballard Center cook, this week, "If your car gets a flat, do you shoot out the other three tires?" Heck no. So because I had a bad week, it doesn't mean I will sabotage my past and future efforts at weight loss. I'm back at it, friends, renewed with healthy smoothie in hand.
We've organized a few community walks, and I'll be donning my brand new hot pink tennis shoes this afternoon to trundle downtown with a few of our group members. Genesis Gym has offered our group free 2 month memberships to both of its locations! We are happy to receive such generous community support and we promise that we're using it wisely.
After this ten week pilot program is complete, Ballard will be opening the program to the community. We encourage anyone with a few pounds to lose or something to learn about health living and eating to join us. More information will be posted in this space, so keep an eye out for your opportunity to join in the challenge.