Hey guys! So I was having an honest heart to heart with my husband and I asked him to honestly tell me how I am physically perceived by other people (because I think my self-perception is skewed). He said that I definitely look chubby now, but at 158 lbs I really start to loose the "chubby look." So I looked at my calendar and saw that the Jewish New Year is in 5 weeks, and 1.5 weeks later is the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. This equation makes for double trouble. There will be lots of friends, family and eating. So in preparation for this I have decided to create an ambitious goal for myself and try to lose 2 lbs a week to reach 158 by the holidays.
Let me explain why I am so adamant about creating such an ambitious goal....
1. I am going to see all my friends and family on both my husbands and my side of the family
2. Orthodox Jews believe that over these holidays we cannot use electronics or money which means no driving, TV, music or shopping to take my mind off of eating. Just tons and tons of free time confined to the house with lots of amazing food and family that, let's face it, can drive me pretty crazy.
3. Every synagogue and community has a different attitude but in the synagogue I go to the women tend to get pretty dressy for the holidays. That means there is a lot of pressure to look nice. Also, on these holidays there are long prayer services every day. Being in dressy confining clothing while feeling fat for extended periods of time is the most uncomfortable thing I can imagine.
This has the potential to be a recipe for disaster. I'm not going to freak if I don't reach my goal but I feel very strongly about coming close.