I’m Part of the #iheartOmron Fitness Challenge!

Omron Fitness ChallengeWe all have ah-ha moments in our lives. When I saw Bookieboo post the #iheartOmron Fitness Challenge on Facebook I just KNEW that I had to do it. Like so many things in life, the timing is horrible. I have a 7 month old baby. I’m homeschooling. I’m planning on a move in the next few weeks. I’m nursing and really like to eat. I’m not a fan of exercise.

But it doesn’t matter. I HAVE TO do this.

You see, there’s a problem with putting things off. Eventually the thing you’ve put off becomes this bigger, scarier thing than it started out as. That’s what losing weight has become for me. It’s this big scary thing that I don’t want to face so I just don’t do it. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that when I read the announcement that I was one of the 25 bloggers chosen for the #iheartOmron challenge that I was eating cookies.

*sigh* I have no self control. And this process is going to be a seriously ego-battering one for me where I not only have to be honest with all of you about the fact that I gave up taking care of myself but I’m going to have to be honest with myself. And that’s even scarier.

My Story

So you know how you’ve heard people say that they are a skinny person trapped in a fat person’s body? That’s so me. I’ve been skinny my entire life. During high school I hovered right around 100 pounds thanks to some unhealthy habits and a killer metabolism so I still identify as a skinny person. Then I look at pictures of myself and realize that I am not a skinny person anymore. I’m one pant size away from having to go to the plus sized section. That’s a major reality check for someone who has always been skinny. And I don’t like it one bit.

I have a good excuse. I had 5 kids. I was on bedrest for 6+ months during each pregnancy. The real kicker though? My 4th baby passed away after birth and, let me tell you, losing weight with a newborn at home is hard but losing weight when you go home from the hospital empty handed is an impossible challenge. I didn’t even try. I spent a few years in a really dark place and weight loss wasn’t even on my radar.

I finally pulled myself out of it and took up jogging. For the first time in years I was losing weight. Then, after being told I would never have any more kids, I found out I was pregnant. I was immediately put on restricted activity and  told that it wasn’t likely I’d make it to term. I didn’t care how much weight I gained as long as I could hold a healthy baby in the end.

In June, despite all odds, we welcomed a healthy baby girl into our family. Now that she’s 7 months old it’s finally time to start thinking about my own health so I can stick around for a while.

We aren’t required to share our weight for this challenge but I feel like that’s part of the process for me. I’m currently at 180 and I carry most of my weight in my stomach (great for pregnancy, not so great afterwards). It was a real reality check for me when someone tagged a photo of me on Facebook. When I first looked at it, even I assumed I was pregnant. Then I realized that the photo was taken only a few weeks ago.

Warning: Extremely unflattering photo below. View at your own risk.

mamavation starting point

That’s not a baby belly there folks. But yes, it is only a matter of time before little old ladies start rubbing my belly again.

In comparison, here is me (wearing the same shirt because I haven’t quite made it out of my maternity clothes yet) only a few days before my daughter was born.


My belly is much cuter in the second photo.

Why Now?

It’s time to get serious about my weight. I don’t feel healthy. I’m tired all the time. The extra weight makes me feel awkward when I move around and I can’t keep up with my kids. That’s not going to cut it.

But I can’t do it on my own. I need all of you to hold me accountable or this time is going to end up like all the others — with me discouraged and in front of a plate of cookies.

I have a feeling this challenge is going to kick my butt but what I’m doing is not working. With the help of OmronFitness.com it’s time to take back my health!

I’ll be using some great tools from Omron to help me on this journey. I’ll be using a HJ-323U connected pedometer  and the new 510W Scale to start with. At the end of the challenge I’ll receive the new Strapless Heart Rate Monitor (HR-5ooU) to help me keep going (because this month is just the start).

I hope you will all follow along with me on Twitter (#iheartOmron) and Facebook. I’d also love it if you can follow my sponsors and cheerleaders in this – @OmronFitness and @Mamavation. I’ll be posting weekly updates and will hopefully have a much more flattering photo to share with you at the end of this


This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women andobesity prevention for families.  I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions. 



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      Thanks! I think the key for me is just not to give myself a way out. Being accountable to everyone really makes me think twice when I want to make bad food choices or don’t want to get up and get moving.

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      Thanks! Isn’t that true though? I wish it was easier to take care of our own needs but they do always seem to come last. Ironically, I’m a much better wife and mom when I DO take care of myself.

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    Katy Wogatzke says

    It isn’t as unflattering as you think :) But I completely understand the frustration with the belly NEVER going away…so irritating. Good luck with the challenge!

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      Thanks. Yea, it would be nice to distribute the weight a bit more evenly. I hear belly weight is the easiest to lose but that hasn’t been my experience. I think mine is honestly made worse by stress and I need to work on that . . . but with a move coming up in a week stress relief is going to have to wait.

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