Friday, February 04, 2011
For the Done Girls challenge this week (go Sunny Gals!) we were to:
Find an old picture of yourself that you feel confident in, and blog about it. Why are you happy in that picture, what makes you proud/confident about what you look like in the image? Think about that time, and try to figure out what you can do to bring that feeling along with you through the rest of your journey.
Here is my picture, it's just a tad bit x-rated, lol.
Me and Cheri, I'm on the right.
In this picture I am 23 yrs. old, 13 years ago. This was the BEST year of my life. I am happy in this picture because I lived with my best friend, we had an amazing apartment in the city complete with a sun room (where we danced all night long and hoped our neighbors were watching.) Neither of us ever went away to college, I went to college at DePaul in Chicago later in life while working full time. So this was our party time. This was our year. Nothing could stop us! We were both single at the time and it was just a fun time of my life.
What makes me confident in this picture is that I was...well...CONFIDENT. I would never think about lifting up my shirt now to take a picture, no way! I wasn't perfect then, but I was at my goal weight for me (180). That weight looked good on me, it looked healthy.
To bring back that happiness in my life I need to do those things that make me happy. Dancing for no reason at all. Sharing joy with my daughters. Doing things for myself, too, giving myself my writing time, my quality time with my husband, and not working so much.. All of those things will help me be a more balanced person.
To bring that confidence from the picture back into my life I need to start acting and BEING confident. I'm getting better at it. I just have to look in the mirror and know that I am fierce and I can handle any situation I'm in. Can you hear me roaring? LOL. Well, maybe meowing.
Me and Cheri after dancing our butts off, and my beloved dog Ashley, RIP.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Start weight: 225.5
End weight: 216
Weight lost: 9.5 lbs.
Total weight lost this year: 9.5 lbs.
Goal weight progress: 36 more lbs. to go to goal weight!
Onederland progress: 17 more lbs. to reach ONEderland!
Total weight lost: 82 lbs.
I LOST ALL OF MY HOLIDAY WEIGHT GAIN AND THEN SOME! I lost almost 10 lbs. this month!!! I attribute it to more strength training, doing Spark’s boot camp, and also getting more cardio in. I also tracked almost every day, only faltering on the weekends, sometimes. If you see on my calendar I had mostly all “yellow” days, which is good!
28 day boot camp challenge – almost finished, the last week I puttered out, but I’m starting again in February.
I ran on a treadmill for the 1st time!
Ran/walked 3 5ks in 1 week for a challenge!
I celebrated my 4-year Sparkversary!
I went to bed with just a bra and undies on since I was hot. Never would have done this before!
This may be TMI, but I had s_x with no clothes on! I usually have a layer of something between me and DH.
Printed out the boot camp exercises so that I can do them while watching TV w/ DH.
Gave up alcohol - for now. It doesn't have a good effect on me, and makes me maintain weight.
A hoodie I bought a month ago that wouldn't quite zip now fits me comfortably. Yaay bootcamp!
I got up at 5:45 a.m. to get my workout in before work.
I like feeling my ab definition.
I worked out, cardio and strength training, while DH and I watched Top Chef...normally I watch it cuddled under the covers, but I knew I wouldn't get my workout in if I did that.
I was able to fit into a size Large "Life is Good" pjs, previously only able to wear XL.
A guy at the gym checked me out...
...then I realized it was the janitor...
But then another cute guy checked me out. LOL. Not that I'm looking, but it feels good.
I got my Day 7 boot camp workout in while DH and daughter were watching a movie. I watched too, just while I was getting my ST on.
I didn't have a margarita when we went out for Mexican food, and I split a "healthy" fajita salad with my hubby.
I got carded!!! At Trader Joe's! Never has happened before in my LIFE! And when I showed her my license (where I'm 80 lbs. heavier) the check-out lady looked at me suspiciously.
I felt skinny.
I got my boot camp video in even though it was past 10 when I got home.
I got a scholarship at the Y!!
THINGS I’VE LEARNED:
Nothing can or will hold me back, not even the dreaded 10 lb. holiday gain!
You CAN reinvent yourself.
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