In 40 weeks I will turn 40 and I want to lose a pound a week until then. Hence the title - 40 by 40. Maybe it should be 40 pounds by 40 weeks before I turn 40. In any case, I tried to do something like this a few years ago and was mildly successful, but I tried all sorts of crazy techniques. I was doing it then because I just wanted to be thin.
Now I am doing it for the sole purpose of feeling better. Because, did you know, that as you approach 40 you really start to feel your age? I look at 35 year olds and think, "You don't know how good you got it, Babe!" With better grammar, of course.
Fortunately for about the past six months I have been exercising on a regular basis with a fabulous workout buddy. We do yoga, go walking, and today we started up a day of weight training with (yes, we can admit it) less than stellar effort, but we still did it. She has been doing Weight Watchers and I am joining her in this endeavor. I'm also staying away from gluten because I did it for three weeks and then had dessert on Sunday and didn't think about it (angel food cake) and my stomach felt horrible. I will take that as a sign that I probably should stay away from it.
Really - I just need encouragement from my three readers to do this. :)
I'm inspired by Bethany Hamilton, who got back up on a Surf Board after having her arm eaten off by a shark. If she can do that at 13, I can do this at three times her age.