Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I just thought I'd compare my birthdays over the last few years. Before Spark, first year with spark and now. That would take us back to December 2009. I found a picture from our company Christmas party. I lost my mind when I saw it...
That's my friend and co-worker Stephanie, my husband Mike and well... me, YIKES!
I didn't start Spark until June 2010, but we'll go with those measurements since I don't have anything from 2009.
weight 307 pounds
waist 59 inches
hips 59 inches
thigh 34 inches each
calf 19 inches each
upper arm 20 inches each
WOW!!! So then I joined Spark in June and 6 months later, I'm turning another year older.
Sorry I don't have a full body photo
At that point, these were my measurements...
weight 239 pounds - a loss of 68 pounds
waist 44 inches - a loss of 16 inches
hips 53 inches - a loss of 6 inches
thighs 29 inches each - a loss of 5 inches of each
calves 19 inches - no change
upper arm 17.5 inches - a loss of 2.5 inches
BMI - 48 - a loss of 12
Now, it's my 36th Birthday. I look at that picture from 2009 and I cry for that girl. I don't even know who she is. I have exactly two photos of myself at that weight. Probably because I would destroy them as soon as I'd see them. There is such a disconnect between me and that girl. I look at her and still think, "that can't be me." Sometimes I still REALLY struggle with this new body of mine. I'm SO far from who I used to be, but not exactly who I'm going to become.
I've had a year full of wonderful "firsts." Water slides, the beach, learning how to run, even learning how to cook. I've discovered myself, who I want to be, and how I'm going to get there. I've made a better life for me, and my family.
This is the "current" me
weight 193 pounds - total loss of 114 pounds
waist 36 inches - total loss of 23 inches
hips 45 inches - total loss of 14 inches
thighs 25 inches - total loss of 9 inches off each
calves - 17 inches - total loss of 2 inches off each
upper arm - 15 inches - total loss of 5 inches off each
BMI 36.5 - a total loss of 23.5
They say things only get better with age, and I'd have to agree.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Ok, so there are only 4 weeks left till 2012. I need to lose 6 pounds. HOW am I going to do that? My weight loss has been so slow lately... Well, I'm going to keep doing what I need to do and hopefully my body will cooperate. I hope there are still people doing this challenge with me. I'd love to hear how you're doing.
8/15 - 210.5 I've got 20 weeks to meet my goal!!!
8/22 - 209 ( - 1.5)
8/29 - 208 (-1 fell short this week, have to make that up!)
9/5 - 207 (-1, still behind, but down 100 pounds!!!)
9/12 - 205.5 (-1.5, still behind. I need a REALLY good week)
9/19 - 203 (-2.5)
9/26 - 207 (+4, CRAP! I may have to revamp these goals)
10/3 - 205 (-2)
10/10 - 203 (-2)
10/ 17 - 198.5 (-4.5) ONEderland, baby!!
10/24 - 198.6
10/31 - 198.5
11/7 - 199 (+ .5)
11/14 - 199
11/21 - 198.5 (-.5)
11/28 - 195 (-3.5)
12/5 - 196 (+1)
12/12 - 194.5 (-1.5)
12/19 - 193 (-1.5)
12/24 - 190 (-3) I MADE IT!!!
January 1, 2012 goal weight 190!!! -
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Last year I did my first 5K walk at the Turkey Trot. My goal was to do it in an hour and NOT be last. My time was 1:00:33, and I was not last! Pretty successful all things considered. I had had lost 63 pounds at that point, and just began to exercise on a regular basis. I signed up for the TT on a whim, and never really thought about what I was about to do. But I did it, and couldn't have been more proud.
This year, my goal was to run/jog most of it and finish in 45 minutes or less. I was registered for the walk, because mentally, I couldn't bring myself to "click" 5k run. I didn't tell anyone the time I was trying for, but secretly, you know we all have a number in our heads : ) I was really nervous and I haven't really slept well in the last few days thinking about it. I ran with one of my oldest and dearest friends, her son, and her new husband. We started off in the HUGE (almost 3000 people) crowd and when we saw a clearing we started running. My friends husband is a well seasoned runner, so I was nervous about running with him, but he let me set the pace. We ran and walked our way through all 3.1 miles.
I wore my Ipod so I could keep a good pace, and as we got closer to the finish line, one of my favorite running songs came on, "Trouble" by Pink, LOVE her! I started running and weaving around people, and I felt great! As I crossed the line, I read 42:43.... WHAT!!! You've got to be kidding! Well, apparently, the joke's on me. My official chip time 47:57... REALLY disappointed but I finished 12 out of 25 in my age group, so I am pretty pleased with that.
Not only have I lost 47 pounds since the last TT, but I took 12 minutes off my time. Next year, we're signing up for the 5K run and I WILL do it in less than 40 minutes. SO much to be thankful for!!! LOVE this new life of mine.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
So I've been on a plateau for 5 weeks now, and bouncing between 198.5 and 199.6. I have a lot of mixed feelings about all of it. At first, I was SUPER frustrated because, like anyone else who's dealt with it, you feel helpless. I'm still working out and eating right, WHY aren't I losing? So week after week, I kept at it. At week 4, I made peace with it. I'm not happy about hovering this close to the 200 mark still, but I'll take the plateau over a gain any day. In my head this just proves to me that when I get to my goal, I'll be able to maintain it. For those 5 weeks, I didn't change my exercise or my eating, and I stayed within the same pound... even when I had a random day or three when I "needed" a giant bowl of ice cream with chocolate syrup. I don't expect to stay within a pound when I DO get to goal, but I DO expect to be able to maintain my loss. Keep eating right and exercising, and it'll all be fine! So, yeah, typically plateau is a bad word, but I guess if you look at the big picture, maybe it isn't so bad after all. Let's see what week 6 brings!
Monday, October 31, 2011
So much fun, so much candy! The kids had a great time and I enjoyed walking the neighborhood with them. This is the first year they really got into it. I hope everyone had an awesome night!
this was from ZooBoo, I forgot to take pics tonight, oops!
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