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I got on the scale this morning…it is not something I would recommend on a Monday morning. I mean, seriously, Monday’s are bad enough without stepping on the scale! But if you like to torture yourself like I apparently did this morning, then hop on there!

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So I did it. I got right up on that scale…and I could have cried but I didn’t. My weight today is 50 pounds more than when I was 9 months pregnant with my first child 17 years ago. So here’s the thing about baby weight: I don’t think it can be considered baby weight 17 years later. I also don’t think the weight you gain AFTER having a baby can be considered baby weight.

Here’s the thing about weight. It isn’t about a number. It is more about how you feel. Now that I’m over the 200 lb range I can tell you how I feel. I have no energy. My knees hurt. My back hurts. Getting up from the floor is a sight no one wants to see. I live in sweat pants and t-shirts. So no, it isn’t about a number, it’s about me feeling better. It’s about YOU feeling better. It’s about YOU being the best person YOU can be, not what others expect of you.

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Do you want to know the reality—we’re on a budget. I mean a serious budget. My weekly grocery bill HAS to stay under $50 for the 3 of us. That means I am not buying a gym membership. I’m not hiring a personal trainer or a chef. I’m not buying a ton of organic food. It means I have to be creative.

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So on this motivational Monday, here’s what I’m doing. I’m setting ATTAINABLE goals for myself. Basic, attainable goals. Here they are:

1. Drink a full glass of water when I wake up every morning.

2. Drink a fruit and yogurt homemade smoothie every morning for breakfast.

3. Walk 1 mile twice this week.

That’s it. That’s where I’m starting. I bought a tub of low fat vanilla yogurt $2.78 and a bag of no sugar added Walmart brand frozen fruit $2.54. I put a cup of each in my small blender cup with 1/4 cup of OJ & mixed it up. It’s just under 200 calories for breakfast and it fills me up. That means no snacking between breakfast and lunch. The yogurt lasts 4 days and the fruit will last about 6. That means it’s under $1 for breakfast. Running through a drive through is about $5.

You may thing walking a total of two miles minimum this week is pretty lazy  However, I’m starting from nothing. If I do more, great! I want an attainable goal that is more than I am doing now.

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I’d love for you to begin this journey with me. Don’t wait until the first of the month or the first of the year or tomorrow. Don’t wait until after you finish all the junk food you just bought.

Start today. Right now. In the middle of the day, the middle of the evening, just start now! Comment on this post about your own journey for others to share, encourage, and be encouraged!