I have about three weeks until I turn 40, and I set a goal in October to lose 20 pounds by my birthday.
Year to date, I have lost about 18 pounds. (However I think that first five pounds was muscle when I stopped doing weights as much.) Since I started Weight Watchers in October I have dropped around 12/13 pounds depending on the day. I have about 7 or 8 pounds to go to hit the 20 I wanted to lose before my birthday.
I have lost more than 3 inches around my waist and in my bust. And 2 inches around my hips. I need to buy new pants but I want to wait until I am done losing and feel comfortable that it’s going to stay off.
I am writing this with the hopes it will help me be vigilant for the next three weeks and help me reach my birthday goal. I do think it’s possible.
In October I dropped 8 pounds in the first three weeks but I was following all the rules of Weight Watchers. Measuring all the food, eating fruit before anything else, filling in the chart religiously and exercising every day.
Then the holidays came. I didn’t put on any weight in November and December but I didn’t lose any more. Gradually after the holidays I dropped another 5 pounds but have pretty much been stymied for lack of effort. I have not been measuring or exercising every day or filling in the chart. It’s my own fault for being lazy about it.
So now I am about three weeks out, and it’s time to get serious again.
I want to hit 40 with my weight around what I was before my first pregnancy at age 29 (maybe a few pounds more).
What’s interesting is I talked with my midwife last summer about wanting to drop 20 pounds. She looked back through my chart and said well I think you can lose the first 10 pounds pretty easily but I think the second 10 is going to be very hard to lose and very hard to keep off. She thinks my metabolism has already shifted and everything is slowed. (My mom talks about this all the time. Ever since her metabolism shifted she can’t lose weight.) So I can’t decide if she was prophetic or if I just haven’t worked very hard at losing the weight.
I have lots more thoughts about turning 40 that I will share but I needed to set that goal publicly to get me on the stick!
Did you have any pre-40 goals? What are/were they? Did you reach them? Did it help having a deadline like turning 40?