Sunday, January 10, 2010

Drastic Measures!


Well hello there!
Yes it is me. My BEFORE picture!!!!
I have signed up for the X-weighted National Challenge. Yesterday morning found me at the YMCA going through a very simple but grueling fitness test, facing some scales and having an intimate encounter with a tape measure. So.........after a bit of shock, it all led to this, my "coming out" as a chunky gal:) The challenge lasts for six months but the benefits will last a lifetime. I figured if I bit the bullet and posted my pic here, I would maybe feel more accountable and really DO it! Somehow the thought of this being a "before" pic is easier to reconcile with making it public:)
We shall see where this leads:) I have been more active with training for the Bust a Move event Jan 30th so this is just extra motivation! Yay me.

23 comments:

Judith said...

Yah you!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your cat doesn't seem quite as enthusiastic as you but then again, when are they ever? Hurray for you and your determination!

aliceinparis said...

I was wondering if anyone would notice Monty:) He's like, ya, whatever.......

Alice said...

good for you girlie! you look raring to go in your picture... how do you look so full of life and cheery in January is what I want to know... I need me some of that!!!????

Hayley Egan said...

Good on you! X

Tam Hess said...

You are so pretty already so loosing a few is going to make you a bomb shell, I think! You go girl! xoxo

Middle Aged Woman Blogging said...

YEAH!! I'm so with you! I stopped smoking about three weeks ago and I am just getting over some kind of pseudo flu thing. I'm bound and determined to start exercising on a regular basis and eating more raw foods! Please let me know how you are doing! I will certainly need some inspiration!

Karen said...

You Go Girl! And now you're motivating me! I gained 20 lbs. in the last two years..and I'm short. That's alot of weight for me. *sigh*. I think I'm gonna challenge myself along with you and see how I fair.

What a pretty Amarylis..

Loth said...

I am planning to do the weight loss tango again this year but am not as brave as you are! Great photo though!

Tee said...

Congratulations!! Toni and I are doing similar challenges in our own areas - we can all cheer each other on.

Bear Chick said...

You go, girl! Being in the middle of a Weight Watchers journey (again...), I totally get where you are. A big Bravo for posting your before pic!

Kathy said...

Well hello Shelagh...so nice to finally see you! You are one heck of a gorgeous lady just as you are. I love your glasses. I wish you all the luck in the world as you start your challenge. I know you will do a fantastic job!

I am doing everything I can to eat better and work out this year. It isn't easy, but I just read that it only takes 3 weeks to make something a habit!

Good luck Shelagh!

Sara said...

Good for you! See the baby is looking out the window...And, you look happy!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Go for it!

I'm too chicken to go public with all that. I'm constantly trying to eat right and be as healthy as I can be ---- then I fall. But I guess, as long as we keep trying, we haven't failed yet!

Good luck! I'll look forward to hearing all your positive progress and getting inspired!

PS - I plugged you today on my blog! No thanks necessary as I love my Paris print!

Sherry said...

Happy New Year and I'm looking forward to seeing less of you!!!

I saw on Kathy's blog that you said blackstrap molasses is good for low iron. How do you use it?

PonderandStitch said...

Oh, wow- how awesome!! Congrats on being so determined- and good luck!!

Anonymous said...

That's my girl - I'll be keeping an eye on you xoxoxo

KarenHarveyCox said...

So nice to see the artist behind your gorgeous artwork. I have been a fan of your work for a while now. Congratulations to you. I only wish I had your enthusiasm. You will do great!!!!
Karen

Muse, Rania said...

You go, girl! I'm so excited to be following your progress and cheering you on! I do believe you'll end up being quite the inspiration for me!

Muse, Rania said...

P.S.
I think you're GORGEOUS!

moosegirlmaria said...

Oh my goodness, Shelagh! You are gorgeous!!

I am also starting a weight loss/healthier living plan until at least June. The girls in my office started a Biggest Loser Challenge. There are about six of us. It's nice to share in this experience and also gives you that little extra motivation to keep on the right track. I wish you all the best and can't wait to see your slammin' after picture!

Maria

Hils said...

Hello - I found your blog via Alice (the Fanciful one!). Just wanted to say that you look fab already and so is your wonderful art.

Good luck with the weight/fitness thing. I'm trying hard to be good too and so far have lost a whole 2lbs in 2 weeks! Not trying hard enough methinks! :)

beesquare1 said...

Good luck with this! You're an inspiration in many ways...would love to get fit, devote more time to artistic pursuits, and start (and maintain) a blog...

Cheers, happy new year!