Gearing Up for 2014
Friday, December 27, 2013
Jim and I, I am 50 pounds down here
My good friend Rachel and I, I am 50 pounds down here.
Me in Bermuda, days before my surgery. I am 241 here, but weighed in at 237 on the day of surgery (yes I lost 4 pounds in Bermuda- unreal!). I use 237 as my start weight on this journey.
I have not blogged since 10/12/13, about 2 1/2 months. But I have been busy working towards my goals and making lifestyle changes.
I am happy to report I am down 54 pounds and I have lost 36 inches from my body. I have gone from a a size 22/24 to a size 14/16. I still have a ways to go but happily celebrate these number successes!! I am at peace with my slow losing, I really am- because while it is slow it is consistent and I can count on it. I have not introduced regular exercise into my plan yet (but will in 2014) and we all know that will only assist me to move along.
I have a number of non-scale, non-number victories. My newest and most fun thing is I can cross my legs, both ways. I LOVE sitting with crossed legs- I don't know why but I do and now my legs cross and fall comfortably. I am not sucking in my breath to keep my leg up nor do I have to old my calf to keep my leg in place. I so love this feeling.... I can wear heels comfortably again and not feel like a weeble, I have been enjoying wedge heels (and my foot shrunk!!!!). So physical changes are being felt and at times others notice. It is fun and I hope that it keeps motivating me to keep moving forward.
2014 means another year of hard work, as I have to start cooking again and I do need to implement a regular exercise routine. I have been relying on eating the same foods for 6 months now and it is time to add some variety. My husband will greatly enjoy my return to the kitchen. He has been so awesome about taken on those duties and I am so very lucky. But I need to return, I want to return to being in charge of the food again. I have already printed out some recipes that are packed in protein to try for the new year- I am going to stick to large portion cooking, believe it or not- so we can pick from the dishes for 2 days at a time and I can have a few meals. So I am going to be compiling casserole and crockpot recipes. And I will start with Coach Nicole here on Sparkpeople to get my body back in motion. I want to do strength training, body sculpting and to do some cardio. That is it. And Sparkpeople fitness has so much to offer. My husband and I are looking into a gym, and I would like to join one but we have to recover from the cost of Christmas first. And I can't wait to start until that recovery happens so I will use Coach Nicole. I am actually looking forward to it!
I would like to thank everyone who has supported me along the way-- I could not do this with out the support and love from those that count to me. I am just a baby in this journey so hold on tight for the rest of the ride! And Come On 2014, take me down that last 36 pounds!!