Friday, May 31, 2013

Weigh-in for May... And other numbers

Someone on Facebook asked me for a scale pic the other day. Even though I thought the request was kind of strange (maybe even rude), I didn't mind posting one. 52.3 lbs lost total since mid-November. I'm happy with that, but definitely aware that I have a lot more to lose. Today's number is up a little from last week, about 2 lbs. But I ate a lot of bad food over my birthday/Memorial day weekend. But since I've been on track this week, I know this number will eventually go down. Sooner than later. Because I'm busting my ass.

This is my first week of "official" training for my 3-day walk. I've really put some miles in for the last four days. AND I started weight training (which I don't love).

(I accidentally chose horseback riding instead of walking today. Oops.)

It's really amazing to me how "easy" walking 5 miles is now. I'm tired, but it's a good feeling. I've been taking different routes around my neighborhood, which has been enjoyable. The weather has been warm but really sunny and nice.

And I've found that the walking has been really good for my mind and spirit, too. I have been listening to sermon podcasts that have really fed my soul. Andy Stanley is awesome... you should check him out. I usually get to listen to about two sermons during each walk, then I follow it with some uplifting music. It's my happy time. I look forward to it.

But I am sore. I have been working out pretty consistently since December/January. And I haven't been this sore since I started group classes at the gym in January. I have only been doing upper body weights so far since I feel like walking is 5+ miles daily is all my bottom half can handle. But man my arms are sore! I'm having to lift a lot lighter than I did in the past, but I'll work my way up. I just need to establish a routine and get my head in the game.

I also think I need to really start paying closer attention to my food again. Right now, I think my choices are "pretty" good, but I'm allowing too many chips and salty snacks. I also don't think I'm eating enough calories again. I focused on exercise this week, next week will be food. I plan on stocking up on fruit and veggies this weekend. 

Like I said, this healthy lifestyle definitely seems like habit now, so I'm not worried about it. I had a couple of weeks of half-assing things, so I just need to get back to what works. And since it's summer break, and I have all the time I need to concentrate on this, it will happen. I'm so thankful for the progress I've made!

Monday, May 27, 2013


Sorry again for the long gap in posting... it's been a wild month or so with the end of the school year, etc.

Yesterday I celebrated my 37th birthday. It was an awesome day and I was surrounded by my closest friends/family.

My daughter got me a cute little kitty for my birthday... even though SHE is the one who's been wanting a pet!


Last night as I was looking through pictures, I did some side-by-side shots of me compared with last year's birthday pictures. I could really see a big difference.

I've also been posting a few more comparison/progress shots on my Facebook page. I'm seeing a difference, and it's very motivating.

Oh, here's a picture of my glorious cake. Yes, I allowed myself cake for my birthday. But it had to be a specially made cake that I know would be worth every bite. And it was!

My ex-husband's sister came in from Florida for the weekend, which was great. I really enjoy still having a relationship with his family.

I am officially on Summer Break! I am so excited for this time off. I am dedicating this summer to my health and fitness. I'm really planning on getting back to stricter eating and exercise.

My size 20's are getting loose already, so I've made a goal to be in a size 16 by the time that school starts back at the end of July. I really think I can make it.

And I hope you noticed that I set a size goal instead of a scale goal. My 21-day challenge really helped my weight start dropping again. Last week I was down to 264. Weekend/birthday/holiday eating has most likely brought that up a few pounds, but I'm not worried about it. I'm so ready to kick it back into gear, I know that I will be moving downward again in no time.

I have also decided to start more serious weight training this summer, so I am hoping to lose more inches now. The scale will no longer be my only indicator of success (but I've really let that scale obsession go over the last few weeks anyway). I want to be a size 16 in two months. I know I can do it. And it starts NOW!