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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Yikes! I haven't blogged in quite a while. To say that it's been a busy couple of weeks would be an understatement...

So, readers, I apologize in advance for what is likely to be a very long post!

I'm not going to lie. I have not been perfect in the past couple weeks. I went an entire week without going to the gym, and since then I still haven't gone as much as I would like. My diet hasn't been perfect either, and I even went a couple days without tracking my food. Last week, I weighed in at 150, which was up 1.2 pounds from the week before. But my weigh-in this week was 148.6, so I'm down 1.4 and 10.4 overall!

Frankly, it's hard to stay motivated because I have had some pretty awesome results and I'm feeling very happy about where I am right now. I have lowered my body fat percentage by 2.2% and all of my pants fit better. Today, I even bought 7 new pairs of workout pants! Well, they're from Walmart, so they were pretty cheap (I only spent a little over 70 dollars for all of them). I know they might not be the best quality, but ONE pair of Nike compression pants costs about as much as what I paid for 7. The reason I needed new pants is that all my workout pants were too big! That's a good problem to have! I know a lot of people like a looser fit, but I hate having to pull them up all the time while I'm running or in Zumba. Furthermore, and this might be TMI, but I need a tighter fit to contain the jiggling as much as possible. As my boyfriend puts it, I have a badonkadonk, and that thing just won't quit while I'm running!

Even though I'm comfortable with how all of my clothes are fitting and I have dropped a pant size, I'm still eager to lose more weight. I just don't feel like I need to quite as quickly as I had originally aspired to. It it takes me 8 months to lose 10 pounds, that's fine by me! My habits overall have been pretty healthy, despite a few bad days here and there, so I'm proud of myself for not giving up altogether. It took me 4 weeks to lose 3 pounds, but I'm kind of okay with that. It's still a loss and not a gain.

I will say, however, that I kind of want to kick my butt in the next 3.5 weeks. I've been invited to perform in a touring international orchestra in Orange County in October, and I will be there from the 20th until the 27th. I'm pretty excited because it means I will be HOME! It would be great to be at 145 or less by then. When my mom saw me last, I was at 159, which happens to be my all-time heaviest, so I want her to be shocked that I have been doing so well. However, I have a lot of busy weeks between now and then, so I'm not going to reach for a 7 pound goal (2 per week) because it's unlikely that I'll have time to work out as much as I would need to for that. And, as I lose more weight, I know it becomes more and more difficult to keep seeing results. I won't be surprised if I plateau soon. But really, wouldn't it be great if I could fit into those fail shorts by the time this trip rolls around???

Aside from the weight loss and my clothes fitting, I have also seen amazing results in my workouts. The Zumba routines from one of the instructors was kicking my badonkadonk a month ago, and now I have more energy all the way through! Furthermore, I had to take some time off of running after injuring my hip, and since I started back up again this week, I've noticed that my runs have been much, much easier. I am a lot more fit than I was two months ago!

So, even though I am still way off from my goal (Had I lost 2 pounds per week since I started in July, I would have weighed in at 141 today), I am still much happier about everything. I don't beat myself up for "cheating" every now and then, but I make healthy choices most of the time. And I am not allowing some "diet" to destroy my social life. I still allow myself time to unwind and have a good time with friends, and I think that's imperative to my mental well-being.

I'm really excited about having been committed to this lifestyle for 2 months now! If I can do this, anyone can!
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