My Mom is the Biggest Loser!

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My Mom is the Biggest Loser!

For those of you who thought this is my actual opinion of my mother, shame on you. I love my mother dearly and she is about as far from being a loser as you possibly could be; until now. You see, my mother is starting our version of "The Biggest Loser" challenge.

The Coach

As her coach, mentor, dietician, and #1 fan, let me introduce myself; my name is Rebekah Rodgers. Since I was big enough to walk, I have led a fairly active/healthy lifestyle; developed a pattern of habits that cultivate healthy eating choices, active hobbies, and determination to stay fit. At 21 years old, I still maintain those habits.

But my Mother has spent the last 20+ years taking care of five kids, a house, and husband. Somewhere along the line, she neglected to take care of her own health and wellbeing. That's where we find ourselves today. She has decided to make a change right now to save her health and live better.

The Biggest Loser Challenge

For the next 6 weeks (or however long it takes) Mom will be following the diet plan and exercise routines outlined in "The Biggest Loser" by Cheryl Forberg (and others). In order to motivate her to stick with the program, I have decided to diet and exercise with her through all 6 weeks.

We have four charts on the fridge: water intake, diet check, exercise check, and weight progress. I also had Mom put up a picture of her goal -- herself nearly 20 years ago -- as well as a list of excuses she's made since then that got her so far away from her optimal weight.

- For water intake, we aim for 128oz of water a day in four 32oz increments.

- Our diet plan follows the 1,200-1,500 calorie balanced meals listed in the book. (Note: 5 small meals a day makes a huge difference in hunger and cravings.)

- Exercises vary each week in type and intensity but in addition to the workouts, we walk 30-45 minutes outdoors. Mom's favorite warm-up is hula hooping while listening to Country music.

We are currently on Day 2. Weight progress = -1lb

Quote of the day:

Mom: "What?? I can't run!"
Me: *rolls eyes* "If one of your children got hit by a car, would you walk to their aid or run?"
Mom: "... I guess I can run."

Lesson learned: You CAN exercise beyond what you think you can. You'll never know your limits until you push them.


Here's where I need your help. Mom needs all the motivation, support, encouragement, (and prayers) you can give her. Comment below and let her know you're cheering for her!


Donna said...

Rebekah, You are the sweetest coach a mom could ever want. :) I was a little nervous giving over the Gettin' Thin blog to you..'cause I sure didn't know what you were going to say. You said..just trust me. You did a great job getting me through these first two days. Though neither one of us can walk! (Our legs are Ohh so sore!)

I'm a little nervous about the fact that you will be posting my progress on Facebook..but you may be right. This may be the motivation I need. :)

Thank you!


Colleen Rieth said...

I'm supporting you, Donna! You can do it! I'll be praying for you! Emma's Youth Pastor and his son are actually on the Biggest Loser right now. If they can do it, so can you! Love, Colleen

Jill said...

Definitely pulling for you Donna! You can do this! How wonderful to have such great support! :-)


claudia b said...

Go Donna Go!!! How exciting to have such a motivator close to you!

Laurie said...

Yay Donna! You can do this, my sweet successful friend :) You have the best motivation in the world, all those sweet present and future grandbabies! I will be following with interest and prayers, and I am even feeling kind of motivated myself now :)

Donna said...

You are all so sweet. i've never wanted to be this public about my efforts to lose weight. Who wants THAT much accountability? But I'm afraid it's the 'missing element'.


Needled Mom said...

Run, Donna, run!!!! You can do it. We'll all be watching your progress.

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Maria Killam said...

I had such a good laugh over the quote of the day! This is exciting! What a fun post Rebekah!
You two are awesome!

Anonymous said...

Oh Dear Donna..*shakes head* I have a funny feeling you are in for it when it comes to accountability. :) Look, you and I both know you can do try not to psych yourself out and remember that the only real deadline is to get healthy. You have nothing but positive support and help so use every bit, as much as going it alone!

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diane said...

This is your time now so enjoy the process and how lucky you are to have such a loving daughter helping you along the way. Good luck and will be watching for updates on your progress.

Anonymous said...

Donna, You have my support. You can do step at a time!


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Caroline said...

Rebekah, it must be a joy for your mom to have 30-45 minutes every day to walk and talk with you.

Go Donna! You can do it! And you'll have a lot more stamina for the move coming up, mmm?

GlorV1 said...

Great post and very inspirational knowing that mom and daughter are a twosome. You go girls!

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