Friday, June 20, 2014
For my 6 month milestone, I ran the Picnic Island Adventure Run. It was a 3.8 mile course with logs to run over, ropes to crawl under, tires to run through, and hurdles to jump over, plus some ankle-high to knee-high water to slog through! I'm not sure if I'll do it again. At least not more than once a year! Here's the only picture of myself I could find on their web site afterward. I'm in the bright pink shirt behind the tree! Lol!
So what do I have to show for 6 months of work?
I've lost 42 pounds.
I've lost a total of 23.75 inches, including 8.25 inches from my waist and 7.25 inches from my hips.
I've gone from a plus size 20 to a regular size 14, and an XXL to my first Medium since college (see dressing room photo below)!
And a few weeks ago, I started dating a kind, funny, hard-working gentleman who seems to think I'm beautiful inside and out.
Life is good.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
This entry is a little late, because I was just on a 5-night Caribbean cruise. But at my last weigh-in before I left, which was the 5 month mark, I was exactly (to a tenth of a pound) at halfway to goal weight! So, since I was also so excited that I hadn't looked this nice in a dress in about 15 years, I went a little crazy with the on-board professional pics!
I have to admit, though, when I first went looking for my formal night pictures, I had trouble finding them. Why? Because I DIDN'T RECOGNIZE MYSELF! I have spent so many years HATING pictures of me that I can't believe I found some to like!
I'm so proud of my progress, and I'm happy that the timing allowed me to document my halfway milestone in this way.
36.7 more pounds to go!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I received so many encouraging comments on my 60 day progress report that I thought I would post another update. 120 days was officially a few days ago, but today is exactly 4 months since I started this journey, and some things happened over the weekend that I wanted to include in my accomplishments!
First, this morning I ran in my very first race. I did the Iron Girl 5K, and I finished with a new personal record of 35 minutes and 41 seconds (my previous record was almost a minute longer, at 36:38)!
Another big milestone this weekend was that I just barely sneaked into the 180's on the scale at 189.87 yesterday. I honestly can't even remember the last time I was in the 180's!
I started this journey at a snug size 20 and (I know this because I just bought new jeans yesterday!) I'm currently at a comfortable size 16! Here is an updated progress picture which includes a (somewhat blurry) picture of me trying on a dress for a cruise next month:
I get comments from friends at work fairly regularly now. Several ladies have asked how I've done it. They're always disappointed when I tell them I'm doing it the old-fashioned way of eating right and exercising regularly. Everyone wants a magic pill or something (I wouldn't mind that myself, but it doesn't work that way!!)
Ultimately, though, I just FEEL so much better and so much healthier. I continue to find muscles I didn't know I had, and that's always an exciting discovery!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
I'm going to continue my current eating habits, which include avoiding processed foods, eating mainly seafood, poultry, fruits and veggies, and certain dairy products (Greek yogurt mostly!).
I'm a night shift nurse, and my schedule varies, so I'm going to make a weekly commitment instead of specific days:
I'm committing to exercise at least 5 times per week, consisting of 2 to 3 jogs and 2 to 3 Bowflex workouts.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
While that doesn't sound like something someone would normally get excited about, I'm referring to my BMI range. I can't even tell you how many years I've been over 200 pounds and in the "obese" range. As of today, not only am I in ONE-derland, but, at a BMI of 29.8, I've finally whittled myself down to "overweight!"
Those are both chapters in my past that I plan to leave behind me forever.
Today, I also dropped another 25 seconds off my 5K time. After tonight, I'm off work for 3 nights. I think for my reward for all these accomplishments, I'll go shopping and find out what size clothing I can fit into now!
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