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40 lbs down, happy and healthier!

Friday, August 30, 2013

I am pleased, and a little shocked, to say that I am down 40 lbs since starting to change my diet and lifestyle. These past 4 months have been amazing for my health, self-esteem, and credit card (lol I can't stop buying new clothes!). I keep thinking to myself that I look exactly the same, but then I try on size 8-10 pants and they fit, or I catch sight of some old picture of me that makes me do a double take. I never felt huge before, I just felt chubby. But man, I've come a long way and I feel like I could still lose 10-20 more pounds and look good.

In these past four months I went from being "obese" with a BMI of 31.6 to "overweight", to just barely dipping my toes in the high end of the "healthy weight" range with a BMI of 24.8. I know that there is a lot of controversy with using BMI, especially for women, but seeing "obese" on a chart with my little star next to it was horrifying for me. I've had plenty of doctors tell me I was just overweight and to focus on eating right, but I couldn't get that "obese" label out of my head. I'm officially over worrying about BMI, but it felt good to put it down that I am not "obese" anymore. Lol.

Let me clarify, I don't think people that are obese should freak out and start obsessing about their weight and labels being put on them. I think people in general should think about eating healthy and staying active - regardless of size. Our insides need nutrition, our bodies need exercise. All of us.

This month I am going to start an exercise challenge to get myself into a good routine of staying active and working on my general fitness. I created a little calendar (below) and I've already got a few brave souls ready to try it with me! I got a little ambitious by putting down push-ups (I can barely do ONE!) but I figure I've got to push myself in order to get better. Even if I fail the push-up portion of my challenge, I'll still consider it a win if I stick with it every day.

If anyone wants to do it with me, comment on this blog, or post on my SP page! I'd love to have people to keep me accountable :)

p.s. My hubby has been tracking calories and doing SP with me and he's down 51 lbs! WOOO! Go Michael!!
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  • CORKY1303
    Great job girl! It's so awesome that your family is involved! It definitely makes thinks a little bit easier and it's nice to have an accountability partner!

    And I love the calendar! I see things like that all the time on Pinterest but I haven't made up my mind to try one yet! But now I'm thinking maybe I should! After all, it is a brand new month!
    1724 days ago
    You are spot on with the calendar - if it isn't written down, it doesn't get done! emoticon
    1726 days ago
    @1stateofdenial, Thabnks :) I think the only reward I'll want/need is knowing that I completed a challenge. I have some Facebook friends that are going to do it with me as well!

    @Meh50bewell Thanks!! :)

    @PrincessDew Thanks :)
    1729 days ago
    1729 days ago
    Awesome! Everyone needs at least 1 thing that lights a fire under them and pushes them to make the changes that must be made. If that one little word (obese) is what pushes you so you never see that word attributed again, then that's fine. Keep looking for more motivation now that you're far away from that word.

    As for your challenge (sorry I'm unable to do that) I hope you get people to participate with you. Also, what will you do to keep yourself motivated to stick with the program if you don't have a lot of people joining in? Will you be rewarding yourself after sticking to it for a week/month/etc?
    1729 days ago
    I love your calendar idea. It looks really doable! Good luck and I'm sure you will be super in getting those push up done. Congrat on your loss, you are doing amazing.
    1729 days ago
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