Doin’ It!

First and foremost, how cute is my puppy?

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Reggie and I are seriously enjoying that I am on spring break this week. Yesterday, he got a much needed haircut, and today, we got lots of snuggles in.

Spring break has also meant that I’ve had some time to dedicate to myself this week. The Biggest Loser Challenge that I set up with my friends ends this Sunday. Although I’ve been kicking butt, I really want to go out with a bang. Check out my progress so far:

Week 1   -7.8 lbs   4.11%
Week 2   -2.4 lbs   5.38%
Week 3   -2.8 lbs   6.86%
Week 4   -1.0 lbs   7.38%
Week 5   +0.6 lbs   7.07%
Week 6   -3.4 lbs   8.86%
Week 7   -5.8 lbs   11.92%
Week 8   +1.0 lbs   11.39%
Week 9   -1.0 lbs   11.92%
Week 10 -2.0 lbs   12.97%
Week 11 -2.2 lbs   14.14%
Week 12    
 ?               ?

If you add that up, it comes out to 26.8 pounds lost! At the conclusion of week 11, I was 1.8 pounds from the lowest weight that I remember achieving when I did Weight Watchers in the summer of 2010.

Words can NOT express how proud I am to be (almost) back to where I worked so hard to be almost three years ago. The past few years, there has constantly been an invisible black cloud hanging over me, chastising me for my unhealthy eating choices and lack of regular exercise (at times). I never felt like I could truly be happy, because I was so disappointed in myself – not only because I was unhappy with my appearance, but because I was so upset that I let myself slip after working SO hard.

Well guess what? NO MORE. I do feel like I have been a little more kind to myself this time around. If there are treats at school, and I want a cookie, I’ll have one. When I wanted ice cream and lobster mac and cheese at Disney World, I had some. By letting myself indulge in moderation, I don’t feel like I will want to go crazy when I am ready to enter maintenance mode.

Plus, I have even been cooking a little! If you know me, this is sort of unheard of. While I no longer rely on take out and drive throughs, I do tend to stick with easy meals like sweet potatoes and broccoli (steamed in the microwave) and chicken sausage (also nuked) or salads prepared with lots of fun ingredients. However, with some extra time this spring break, I’ve actually turned on the oven.

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Skinnytaste’s Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Chicken sausage with roasted carrots and baby red potatoes

I also don’t deny my after dinner sweet tooth. Rather, I’ve found some healthier, more filling options.

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Deep chocolate Vitatop with a frozen Chobani Bites cup

Today, I happened to read the post that I wrote recapping 2012 and outlining a few goals that I had for this year. One of my goals was to “finish what I started” and finally reach a healthy weight. Well, I’m happy to report that as of my last weigh-in, I am 7.8 pounds from being at a “healthy weight” for my height according to the BMI index. And I don’t plan on stopping until I get there, or even when I do. While I don’t have a “goal weight,” I have a “goal feeling” and a “goal look.” I just want to be truly happy with the way that I look and feel.

(I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that deep down inside, my goal for the end of the Biggest Loser is to lose 30 pounds, which would also mean seeing a second-digit in my weight that I can’t remember ever seeing on the scale. But that would mean a 3.2 lb weight loss this week. I have been busting my a** at the gym in sort of a Biggest Loser fashion this week, so we’ll see what happens. But no matter what happens, I will be proud.)

Speaking of proud, I also checked out my “Motivation” page today, and well … let’s just say I’m doin’ it!

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Check.

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I’m seeing muscles, people. And it’s amazing.

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Fact.

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I’m motivating my friends, too! (And they motivate me in return.) We have a group on Facebook where we share tips and inspiration. Today, I mentioned some hesitance about “winning” the challenge. (My weight loss percentage is significantly higher than anyone else’s.) I felt bad earning the money in the pot when I set up the challenge, but they all unanimously agreed that I deserve it … and that’s how I know they are true friends.

I’ll be back (hopefully on Sunday) with the final results (and by final, I mean for now). Until then, here is a preview of the before and after:

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🙂

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