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Thursday, March 21, 2013

I'm excited. I'm fired up. For the first time in the last eight years (read: the last time I was somewhat thin and healthy - 140 lbs. less than where I started this journey recently), I'm LOVING seeing my body's changes. I'm hoping to hit my 10 percent goal this Sunday. Fingers crossed! (Only another 1.6 lbs. which I think is completely feasible!)

I've only been doing BodyPump twice a week for a month, but I'll tell you, I can FEEL and I'm starting to SEE the difference in my body. I think it's helping get the inches off, which is nice ... Lord knows I have plenty. ;) But I'm getting those biceps back. I feel my triceps working hard (which is good ... they're easily the weakest and the grossest part of my arms). My butt is getting smaller, which in some ways I love (it means the squats and lunges are paying off!). My thighs are getting more toned. I don't necessarily have the huge overlay of fat where my knees join on the inside.

As far as food goes, my relationship with that has changed in the last three months. Every morning before my workout, I eat high protein of some sort. Sometimes hard-boiled eggs. Sometimes it's my ThinkThin Creamy Peanut Butter Bar (20 g of protein, no sugar, no gluten - 6 pts. on the WW program). Then I come to school, eat two of the 100-calorie Yoplait Greek Yogurts. A fruit of some sort. At lunch I've got the Lean Cuisine, more fruit, usually veggies too (I love Green Giant steamers - PERFECT for lunches!), WW bars ... Then when I come home I load up on berries, veggies, and chicken (I will actually have time to make dinner for myself tonight!!! When I go out, I don't obsess over what I can't have - I find power in knowing what I CAN and SHOULD have. It's not denying myself - it's treating myself better than I have in YEARS.

I just feel the little victories that make it worth it. The hardest thing for me is NOT thinking long-term, especially because I'm very much a "big picture" kind of girl. :) But I've been taking it in small, 18 lbs. increments. Five and 10 percent weight-loss goals. That's making this all more achieveable too, I think. Maybe that's just me.

Anyhoo, I need to go grade and be a good teacher. Handing out interims today and there are a LOT of parents I need to contact within the next few days. Woohoo. :/

Have a great Thursday, folks!

Me my senior year of college. I'm second from the right. Last girl in a red dress.

During a "spin-a-thon" in college to raise money for our group.

Most recent post-workout pic. :)
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    AWESOME!!! Keep up the great work!! (PS, LOVE the last pic! LOL)
    1796 days ago
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