Three weeks until my 40th birthday and 7 pounds to lose!

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?

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catlady

March 21st, 2012
7:00 am

I wanted to finish my dissertation before I turned 40. Didn’t quite make it, but I had a lot of great experiences doing other important things. I finished it and got it signed off and delivered to the grad school on my 43rd birthday.

As to weight loss, I yoyo it seems. Up 5, down 6, up 3 down 4. The general direction has been down for the last 5 years. I weigh about 60 lbs less than I did 10 years ago (can we say gradual loss?) Of course, Theresa, you don’t have anything like that to lose. The last 20 are going s l o w l y.

Best wishes to you on meeting your goal! Hope your public announcement helps!

motherjanegoose

March 21st, 2012
7:23 am

Congrats on losing your weight! My metabolism has shifted but I can still lose weight, if I try. I have lost 18 pounds and holding as it is hard to do when I am traveling and my clients take me out to eat and bring me food. I opened a can of white chocolate covered Bugles, to try just a few…NOT. I did not open the chocolate covered potato chips. I can lose it and then I gain it back over my travel…can we say YO YO? I tried the WW points and that was too slow for me. I went with cutting carbs for the past 8 weeks. Hard for me, as I love bread and crackers…haha. 40 seems like long ago and 50 did not really bother me but my body tends to ache more after a long business trip. Just happy to be employed and still healthy…I take no medications…just vitamins and Estroven for hot flashes…LOL. I cannot complain!

Augusta

March 21st, 2012
7:55 am

Congratulations Theresa! Keep up the good work. Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!!!

Augusta

March 21st, 2012
7:55 am

Oh and the best line EVER on the Biggest Loser – “Tell you mind to get out of your body’s way”.

Jeff

March 21st, 2012
8:10 am

Congratulations on your success so far. Find whatever motivates you and stick with it. Maybe one day it’s revenge, one day it’s envy, one day it’s love, another day stubbornness, etc. it doesn’t really matter as long as it motivates you.

HB

March 21st, 2012
8:14 am

Congrats, but I wouldn’t fixate on hitting a certain number on schedule. I think that trips a lot of people up. They get frustrated by the scale even though they are getting healthier and slip back into old habits. There’s a degree to which losing pounds is out of your control — two people following the same regimen will not always lose at the same rate. Focus instead on what you can control — diet and exercise — and don’t worry about hitting a magic number by your birthday.

Augusta

March 21st, 2012
8:23 am

@HB Great advice!!!

motherjanegoose

March 21st, 2012
8:31 am

@ HB: two people following the same regimen will not always lose at the same rate

TOTALLY AGREE!

I may have mentioned this before but a friend who was in her 40’s had a husband who needed to lose weight. She was typically thin. They decided that he would eat EXACTLY WHAT SHE ATE. After a week, he gained weight and she was just the same. For this reason, I try not to get upset over the fact that I will never be a thin/tiny person. Everyone is different. This is not an excuse: but I have a 7 1/2 inch wrist ( hard to find a watch or bracelet that will fit) and have worn a size 9 or 10 shoe most of my adult life….both considered large. My wrist is larger than my son’s, who is 6 foot 2 inches tall and has worn a men’s 13-15 shoe! This baffles me as my wrist has been the same size, no matter what my weight is.

Figment

March 21st, 2012
9:08 am

You can do it Theresa! I was doing Weight Watchers since 2009 and lost about 60 lbs. I’ve gained some back since then and I’ve tried to get back on WW but trying to calculate points fustrates me. I still would like to lose another 60 lbs but I am going to try to cut back on carbs and sugar this time instead of counting points.

I love carbs and sugar so it’s going to be hard for me to cut back. If anyone has any suggestions that would be great.

Hey, Figment...

March 21st, 2012
9:13 am

…here is my suggetion – don’t eat as many carbs and sugars…

Sk8ing Momma

March 21st, 2012
9:31 am

Congrats on your weight loss! Try jumping rope the get those last pesky pounds off. Work up to jumping 10 minutes straight…It sounds easy; but, it’s a challenge! Jumping rope is a quick and relatively easy way for me to drop 5 lbs.

I don’t remember setting any goals upon turning 40…I turned 40 during the midst of my late father’s battle with cancer…Things were a bit hectic and I didn’t have time to focus on me. Perhaps I’ll set some goals for 45. I’ll be 43 tomorrow; that’ll give me a couple of years to think of something!

JOD

March 21st, 2012
10:05 am

I hadn’t thought of using a milestone birthday for a goal. When I turned 30, I was 8 1/2 months pregnant, so I definitely wasn’t thinking about goals! I have struggled with yo-yo weight gain for years, and decided after being in the hospital last week that I am going to get it right this time…for me. I just joined WW and am looking forward to the structure. I’m also looking forward to getting back on my bike in a few weeks and joining a few beginner rides. I don’t want to waste any more time :o)

@Sk8ing Momma – Sorry to hear abour your dad.

JOD

March 21st, 2012
10:06 am

Almost forgot – Congrats, TWG, on your weight loss!

Kat

March 21st, 2012
10:06 am

Get moving more! Do different exercises than you’ve been doing. And, lift heavier weights. You won’t bulk up but you will slim down. More muscles = more calories burned during the day.

Also, slow weight loss is better than no weight loss. So, for those who poo-poo WW; at least those people ARE losing weight. So don’t knock it.

The hubby who ate what the wife did and still gained weight? Here’s a clue – he was eating other food when the wife wasn’t looking. Simple as that! Not a shock, or at least it shouldn’t be!

Unless you are REALLY large, your wrist shouldn’t gain/lose weight that much. Fingers, yes. Feet, yes. Wrists? Not the best barometer.

motherjanegoose

March 21st, 2012
10:17 am

@ kat…could be but that is what was told to me about the husband and wife. You might know them?

Metabolisms are different, that is true!

My point about my wrist is that it is large and that affects your frame size…I m 5 foot 6 inches and it looks like I fall into the large frame size:

http://www.am-i-fat.com/body_frame_size.html

Wrist size appears to be a legitimate way to determine your frame size. Maybe I do not know how to read the graph?

It was not my intention to poo poo WW. Anytime you can lose weight, that is a good thing. I am too impatient to eat a lot less and lose a pound a week. That is just me.

MrsBritAbroad

March 21st, 2012
10:17 am

Congrats on your weight loss – you’ve done an awesome job! I’ve got a year and a bit until I turn 40, and I didn’t have any goals, but now you’ve got me thinking…!!

Luckily, I got the weight loss goal out of the way 13 years ago when I lived in the UK with a program called Slimming World. Their online program is now available here in the US, so it would definately be worth you checking it out….no counting of points or calories and never beign hungry is what worked for me…and the fact that my whole family can eat the same as me. Give it a go and those 7lbs will be gone in no time :0)

FCM

March 21st, 2012
10:31 am

Great job Teresa. I lost 20 since Christmas. I misbehaved (didn’t follow the rules) and ended up gain some back. So you know what you do? Forgive yourself and move forward. I am back to behaving and on Easter Sunday I hit phase 2 of my war plan.

U GO GRL!!

Denise

March 21st, 2012
10:44 am

Congratulations Theresa!!! Good job! You’ve motivated me to get started again. I’ve been using my bum knee as an excuse not to work out…but what is my excuse for eating so terribly? :-)

K's Mom

March 21st, 2012
11:06 am

Congrats on the weight loss! I agree about not obsessing over the number on the scale the day you turn 40, especially since your weight can fluctuate by a pound or two day to day. I am so ready to have this baby, get our double stroller and start walking my way back to being fit!

jarvis

March 21st, 2012
11:17 am

Great news. Way to go.
Sorry to hear about the bust though.

FCM

March 21st, 2012
11:23 am

@ figment…..I took myself off all carbs & sugar (even the good ones) for 40 days…I found at the end of 40 days burgers really don’t taste all that great at on a bun, ground turkey won’t kill me, I can live without sweets (but why when there is 3 net g chocolate to eat), and that hummus & guacamole taste good on bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange). Greek yogurt mixed with herbs as dip for grilled zucchini taste better than chips. And for that crunch I missed? Popping popcorn on the stove with olive oil and sprinkling with smoked sea salt.

You can do it, you just have to think in new ways :)

K's Mom

March 21st, 2012
11:51 am

@FCM, those are great ideas. I have craved avacodos recently and have found lots of ways to eat them without the chips!

K's Mom

March 21st, 2012
11:53 am

I forgot to add, remember that corn tortillas are whole grain and give you the corn chip flavor without all the bad stuff. I like the way they taste better than flour too!

Voice of Reason

March 21st, 2012
1:06 pm

jarvis

March 21st, 2012
11:17 am

Great news. Way to go.
Sorry to hear about the bust though.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^THIS!!!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

FCM

March 21st, 2012
1:09 pm

@Ks Mom…I will try that! I also make a pretty good BBQ sauce with blueberries,blackberries and stevia to give it vitamins and sweetness with whole tomatoes reduced down to give it body. Also adding chopped up pistachios to panko, means more flavor with less crumbs (and of course oven cook it rather than fry).

I did get the grill fired up over the weekend and we are looking at how to make outdoor low fat on the grill.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 21st, 2012
1:42 pm

jarvis — that made me laugh — soooo funny!!!

K's Mom

March 21st, 2012
2:19 pm

@FCM, a favorite snack is melting a piece of low fat cheddar on a corn tortilla undder the broiler. I then add a tablespoon or two of guac….so yummy and fairly healthy.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 21st, 2012
2:22 pm

I just posted a newsy blog off of the Henry County news story — police are investigating if a sister stabbed and killed her brother in self defense???? Did you ever fight physically with your siblings??? I did!!

http://blogs.ajc.com/momania/2012/03/21/did-you-ever-fight-physically-with-your-siblings/

jarvis

March 21st, 2012
9:06 pm

@TWG, glad it made you laugh…I like boobs. Hate to see them go.

☺☻Have A Smile!

March 22nd, 2012
8:54 am

Theresa, a loud and sincere Bravo! to you for trying to get your weight down. My greatest fear is marrying a woman who, like many women in the United States, simply “let themselves go” and become obese with little concern for it.

It’s encouraging to know that not all women are like that, and I’m sure your husband appreciates it. :)

missnadine

March 22nd, 2012
11:29 am

Have a Smile is kind of correct, though I know he will ruffle some feathers. If you travel to other places, you will see the number of fat moms is so much smaller. Here is the rule of thumb I always went by: I am glad to be a mom, but don’t want to look like one… In other words – don’t wear cropped pants or track pants, slip-on sneakers, and your husband’s college t-shirt in public – ever. That is how we can spot most moms from a mile away in the US. That sloppiness tells the world you don’t care. How hard is it to put on a pair of jeans and a nice shirt that fits (even if it is a t-shirt), and nice casual shoes.

Dedra

March 23rd, 2012
2:37 pm

Yes! I turn 40 on Easter this year and last year in anticipation of the big 4-0, I set a goal to lose 25 lbs. Ironically, I have 7 to go as well, but doubt I’ll hit it in just over 2 weeks. No disappointment on my end as I’m in the best shape of my life! Kudos to you as well!