YaY!!! I'm back!! Muffin Top Challenge, old pics resurfaced and few trail pics :D

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ohmygoodness!!! Its so great to have my computer back!!! emoticon It feels like there has been so much going on in just the last month that I dont know even where to begin (Bare with me if i jump all over the place, I'm kinda random like that emoticon).

So first off I just signed up for The Muffin-Top Challenge. I swear my stomach has been one of the most difficult places for me to lose the weight and this is the perfect challenge to help push me to where I know I can be!

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on the done girl team.

We all have them- that pair of too-snug jeans slung in the back of the closet after frustrated attempts to button, zip, or even pull them up past your knees. I know I have tons of them. The same jeans that once were loose are now threatening to find a spot alongside the others in the "reject pile" in the dark recesses of my closet.

But NO! I will not sacrifice another pair of snug jeans. Instead of blaming the jeans for magically shrinking two sizes in the dryer, it's time to shrink the muffin top!

To join the muffin-top challenge, it doesn't matter what size, shape, fitness level, etc you're at. All you need is a pair of jeans, pants, or even skirt that's buttons are dangerously close to popping off.


Take a picture & Take your measurements. Stop focusing on the numbers on the scale and watch your tummy & hips shrink into those blue jeans!

Pick a pair of jeans that you've been hoarding in the back of your closet for that magical day when they become two sizes LARGER instead of smaller :P


Take progress shots. Journal. Tell us when you're finally feeling some slack in the waistband or you have to start wearing a belt so they don't fall down!

Take your measurements and you'll really start seeing results. A quarter inch, a half inch, a WHOLE inch! Celebrate in your success! You'll definitely be able to see it in the mirror and feel it in your jeans!



Do a woohoo dance! Enjoy those sexy curves filling out those jeans, but not threatening to bust the seams haha.

But it's not over yet...if you're ready to move on, find another pair of pants you really, REALLY never thought you'd squeeze into and start over again! Keep taking pictures, taking measurements and see REAL results- not just numbers that can fluctuate daily on a scale.

Starting Muffin-Top Challenge
Weight - 215
High Waist - 37 in
Muffin top- 45.5 in
Hips - 48 in
Right Thigh - 30.5 in
Left Thigh - 29 in
**I do have before pics (muffin top exposed emoticon)but I am not brave enough to post them yet.**

I feel like I am doing great getting back on track but I know I can push harder. I tell myself everyday I can do this but get distracted by all the negative thoughts that I have of myself. Since I've started I've lost 90 pounds. 90!! Almost 100 pounds. I know I'm going to reach it. I still have 55 to lose. I guess I never really looked at my weight loss in this way. 90 pounds is an awesome number!! I never would have thought it could happen. So, since my computer crashed and I lost all my pics (blah super long story just super happy to have my laptop back :D!!!) tonight I was looking at an old hard drive and found pictures from 3 or 4 years ago and was just surprised at what I saw. I looked so unhappy and just so different. Thing was, I guess I was just oblivious to what I looked like, I didn't see anything wrong. I didn't realize just how much I let food dominate my life the way it did.

Here is the picture I found tonight. Believe this is close to my heaviest weight.

And this pic is from March 2010, at 236 lbs --69 lbs lost

I am so happy that I was able to make the decision to want to make my body healthier. To be happier. Granted I'm still on working on them both I know now this was not going to be easy. A heck of a road and so many bumps but I'm still standing! emoticon There's gotta be a reason I made it to this point right?? I know I can do this. I am becoming healthier!!! I love the way I feel when I work out. Totally shocked to find this out lol. Years ago it was my sister talking about lettuce wraps and taking hikes -- not me. I still dont do lettuce wraps but I've actually learned that I love running/walking more outside, on the trails especially. When I'm out I feel so free...Free like I've never felt before! Being on the trails helped me bring things to the surface that I really needed to think about to better myself on the inside. It gave me a chance to let go of all the bad and negative I felt I was dealing with and focus on the positive of whats truly inside, in front and around me. Thank you God for helping me find my way because now, I truly feel like I can be myself and let the better me shine.

Here are some of the pics I got while I was out. Ohmygoodness, it was so beautiful. Some of the colors were just amazing. I love the fall!! I dont know why I waited so long to explore!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have a few other pics of a different trail I went on the other day with lil stepping stones, bridges and different crossings...a nice lil adventure. emoticonWas like the the movies!! I'm originally from Kansas and back home we don't have trails and woods like these.

Well its officially 2:26 am and I am beat! Super long day. I have so much that I want to get off my chest but will have to post more tomorrow.

Goodnight sparkies!!

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    You are a beautiful woman! I love to hike too. If you are back in DC, maybe we can plan a hike together. Big snag though, I am working every weekend now. Are you ever free on a Mon or Tues???

    3597 days ago
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    You look great congrats on the weight loss. Love the trail pics. Keep up the good work..
    3617 days ago
    Wow you look really great! You should be so proud of yourself as you have changed your life and health for the better! I have also learned to love walking outside and around the park, it is so peaceful and beautiful! The muffin top challenge sounds really great! You are such an inspiration to me! emoticon
    3634 days ago
    Losing 90 pounds so far is not an easy task or something to take lightly! You're doing an awesome job and you will lose the 55 pounds you have left in no time. Stay encouraged!
    3663 days ago
    emoticon YOU look amazing!! BEAUTIFUL trail pics as well. Keep it up!! emoticon
    3665 days ago
    You are doing fantastic! I love the trail pics, so beautiful. emoticon
    3665 days ago
    You can do this! emoticon
    3665 days ago
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    Well done Diva! You look awesome and are such an inspiration to me. Love those pictures.. you know you are a photographer in the making. I'd buy all of them from you. :) Keep up the good work. Love you much. emoticon
    3665 days ago
    Great post, it sounds like you've made progress physically and in how you view yourself! BTW, I love your goals on your homepage; those are worth working for!!
    3665 days ago
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    Wow, you look great and have come so far! Beautiful pictures!
    3665 days ago
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    sooo awesome!!! You can so see the difference :) You are doing great!
    3665 days ago
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