Losing It: Introduction and Tip #1

When the scale screamed 303 pounds, I knew I had to make a change. Three kids in five years at certainly not helped, but they were not an excuse.

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I made that change three years ago, and I am reaping the rewards today. I literally worked my butt off to go from a size 36 to a size 10, and I did it without a gym membership, without pills, without surgery, and without a fad diet.

And you know what, Dallas, you can do it too!

As we go into the holiday season, it is so easy just to put off the inevitable, but the truth is that if you want to make a real change in your life, now is the time. Don't wait so you can gorge on Halloween candy, then indulge in Thanksgiving stuffing, and top it off with an extra helping of Christmas cookies. Every single day counts and you are worth it.

I am new here at She is Dallas, and I am glad to be on board. My heart lies in helping women find their healthy selves both physically, mentally, and emotionally. It starts with an I can  attitude. Trust me, if I can do it while maintaining a house, a traveling spouse, three kids age 7 and under, and a writing career ¦ you CAN do it too.

I will be posting little tricks and insights along the way, but if you have some specific questions you want some answers to, ask away. I want to be your partner in finding your healthy you.

Healthy Tip #1:

Start walking.

Whether you are 5, 50, or 500 pounds overweight, if you have two working legs, you can walk. Grab a cheap pedometer at WalMart and record your normal walking habits for a week. Once you know what you normally walk, focus on adding 500 more steps to your day. Keep that rate for a week and then add 500 more steps each day the next week.

For optimal health, target slowly progressing until you hit 10,000 steps a day.

This is perfect weather to eliminate your excuses. Right now you can walk your dog, walk your kids, or just walk yourself around the block just about any time of day without dying from heat exhaustion.  Park further away from the grocery store, walk in place while you watch the Rangers play, vacuum the house an extra time this week. Every single step counts.

I will be posting little tricks and insights along the way, but if you have some specific questions you want answers to, ask away. I want to be your partner in finding your healthy you.

12 Comments

  1. This is such an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for posting. I’ve gone up another pants size, and I can’t afford to buy all new, bigger clothes. Great inspiration.

  3. Very inspirational Jamie Ann! Thank you sharing with all of us.

  4. Jennifer G. says:

    This is such an inspriring post. I can’t wait to get my pedometer this weekend! I am taking your challenge Jamie Anne! And, I am glad you woke me up today! Many blessings to you!

  5. You can totally do this. Take it (literally) one step at time.

  6. WooHoo! Super excited to hear about YOUR journey, Jennifer G.

  7. Candra Creason says:

    Hi Jamie! I received the “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness” that you sent me!! I loved reading your story! Thanks for the inspiration! Now I just have to take it and run with it … or should I say “walk” with it!

  8. Candra Creason says:

    Hi Jamie! I received the “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness” that you sent me!! I loved reading your story! Thanks for the inspiration! Now I just have to take it and run with it … or should I say “walk” with it!

  9. That’s amazing! Can’t wait to hear more of your story.

  10. Such an amazing story! Can’t wait to hear more of your journey. Keep it coming.

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