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The Week in Review: Pants Around My Ankles (with pics)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

*Please note: There are no pictures with my pants around my ankles.* emoticon

I reached 66 pounds down this past week, which is about halfway to my goal weight. All of a sudden it seems that a lot of my clothes are way too big. My winter coat is very baggy. I have noticed shirts especially becoming very loose. I decided to go shopping in my own closet. I have a pair of brown corduroy pants that I had been waiting to fit back into. This week I wondered if they fit. I pulled them on, let go, and they fell down around my ankles. They are several sizes too big now. It is amazing how those changes sneak up on us.

It probably isn't so much that the changes are sudden, but rather we just don't notice them right away. Needless to say, it has been fun shopping in my own closet. I know that the general advice is to throw out clothes that don't fit any longer, but I did not throw out my clothes that fit me when I was thinner. I knew I would fit into them again. I am not going to keep the clothes that no longer fit me from being too loose, however. I never plan on fitting into those again.

Workouts have been going well. My body has felt much better since I stopped lifting weights. I've been doing a lot of Pilates, yoga, and body weight exercises. I have been trying to do anywhere from 30-60 minute workouts of Pilates, yoga, and body weight exercises 4-5 days a week. I have been doing kettlebell workouts once or twice a week, and those have felt pretty good. I like that I can get in some resistance training for my lower body with kettlebells. I now know that my body was just not able to recover adequately with doing both weight training and Jiu Jitsu. I feel more energetic during Jiu Jitsu now, although my right shoulder is still healing, so that arm is still fairly weak. Overall though, exercise has been great.

Picture from Jiu Jitsu class Saturday. I am in the gray shirt standing in the back; I was shocked at how lean I look, especially in the upper body. I will post progress pics over the next couple of weeks.

Eating has been going pretty well. I have been less ravenous since cutting out weight lifting. I believe my body is not demanding so much food for muscle recovery now. I have been tracking on most days. Even on days when I haven't been tracking accurately, I no longer go nuts on the food. Actually, my old cravings for foods like pasta, pizza, and other wheat/dairy foods have been virtually non-existent. I worked hard on training my brain that those foods are truly not good for my body and will just cause me to feel like crap. This is not to say that I will never have pizza or wheat pasta ever again, but they have both become very rare treats. I do feel fortunate, however, that dark chocolate is a health food. I have an ounce or 2 every day.

It has taken me over 2 years to lose 66 pounds, a pace that a lot of people would consider to be "too slow" (by the way, that averages to about 0.6 lbs/week, so that is a healthy pace to lose). I'm not living my life for weight loss, I am losing weight because I am finally living my life. Allowing myself to grow as a person and really getting know myself has caused me to lose weight naturally without having to drive myself nuts with "dieting." It truly does not matter how long it takes for me to reach my goal weight. I am already a new person, inside and out.


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BECCAZEN7 1/13/2013 11:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon slow and steady wins!

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    Losing the weight isn't your biggest accomplishment this year... it's just a side effect. I love your blogs. I can't believe it took me so long to read this one.

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SPOONGIRLDEB 12/13/2012 10:38PM

    Way to go! I saved one pair of big pants so I can try to get that "after" photo with both legs in one side :-).

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AHTRAP 12/13/2012 4:04AM

    take a pic of old pants around ankles, while wearing the new ones!

Nice job on the losing of the weight. Even more so for doing so at a pace that works for you.

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CANNIE50 12/11/2012 11:33PM

    You, my dear, are an inspiration. PS Congrats on losing your britches (have to admit I was relieved to hear it was when you were at home, in your closet emoticon emoticon PSS that photo is quite impressive PSSS I wish I could come stay with you and you could jiu jitsu my head so I stop eating wheaty foods - I know they just make me crave more more more

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JKGAVIN 12/11/2012 9:56PM


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APED7969 12/11/2012 9:05PM

    Congrats on the weight loss and making changes that are doing to last in the long term. Much more important than losing weight quickly!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/11/2012 1:21PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. You look great and are really doing well on your plan.

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MARTY728 12/11/2012 1:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELPHABABLUE 12/11/2012 12:06PM

    This is incredible! Taking if off slowly is the best way to go. I know from personal experience if it comes off too fast, it will come back (seemingly) without warning. You've changed your life and your outlook and I'm realizing that is harder than actually losing the weight. You're rewiring your brain. You're so amazing! Keep up the good work.

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