Tuesday, November 15, 2011

10 months

Here it is, that time again... Pictures and stats!!

It's been 10 months since I started my journey and I am down to 172 lbs. I'm sorry for the shitty mirror pics still. I haven't gotten a new camera yet. Not sure when that'll happen. lol.

and the measurements are...

Starting measurement > Newest one > Amount lost

Bust - 51 in > 39 in > 12 in
Waist - 53 in > 39 in > 14 in
Hips - 58 in > 44 in > 14 in
Arms - 17 in > 13 in > 4 in
Thighs - 31 in > 24 in > 7 in
Calves - 19.5 in > 16.5 in > 3 in
Neck - 16.5 > 13 > 3.5 in

So I'm only down 6 lbs from last month's weigh in.. that's half as good as I was hoping. On the bright side though, I lost inches in every area except for my thighs this month. Not too bad. I'll take it! ^_^

I finally hit that 100 lb mark... so I can safely say that I lost 100 lbs in 10 months. OMG... take a minute and breathe that in Jennifer... okay wow... I have to stop and tell myself these things because sometimes I go too fast to even really realize where I'm coming from. lol.

Something I keep meaning to bring up... I know I have spent most of my journey counting calories. Well for some reason when I went on Vacation just over a month ago, I stopped counting calories and have just been intuitively eating. I can tell when I'm full if I listen to my body and it's nice not having to jot down calories all the time. If I had to guess I'm probably eating closer to 1400 per day instead of the 1200 I was counting before. Some days though like today I probably had 1600-1800. Which isn't great and I really really wish it wasn't raining all day so I could have ran some of that off, but it's not too terrible as long as I'm not doing that everyday. I know I said this is a lifestyle change and I plan on living and eating and working out like this for the rest of my life. I think trusting my body to know when its had enough food now is working out rather well. I didn't lose as much weight as I wanted to, but I think that had a lot more to do with me exercising considerably less than I had in the previous months, too. As far as eating goes, I think I'm finally learning to get a handle on things without having to be super controlling over how many calories something is. I do often tally things up in my head still, but I'm not near as strict. I think I could probably lose these last 22 lbs faster if I were to continue counting calories, but honestly... I'm not in a huge rush to lose all this weight. I think gradual weight loss is healthy. I am finally to a size that isn't so huge I can't do all the things I wanna do, so slowing things down a bit now to a steady pace that's more livable seems okay to me. I dunno.. Does that sound like I'm just making excuses to be more lazy? If so, someone please say so and tell me to wake the fuck up and get back on track. hahaha. But seriously.. I'd love ya'lls opinions on this matter.

As for whatever happened Saturday night, since April wanted to know... I'm happy to announce that as of Sunday morning I now have a boyfriend. <3 I have casually seen guys over the last few years, but my last real committed relationship ended in February of 2009. So yeah.. it's been awhile... but I think that all that time to myself gave me the clarity to wait around until I met someone who was worth it instead of settling for someone who doesn't really deserve me. I am very happy and even a little surprised to feel this way actually. His name is Sparky, well that's a nickname but it's what I've always known him as, and I've known him for just over 5 years now. He is currently living in another state about 8 hours away from me, but is from my area and has relatives here and his son lives here with his mom now so he's actually in town this week spending time with his kid, family, and me. I know long distance relationships are not easy, but I just really think he's worth it. He has plans to be back for another week in December, and then a family reunion on Superbowl weekend. He is also trying to transfer in his company to something that's closer to this area so he doesn't have to be so far away from his son. I'm not sure where things will go for us in the future, but who really does? I have high hopes that this will be a lasting relationship and that's all that matters for now. In regards to what this means for my healthy living journey... nothing bad. lol. He has been very supportive and wonderful about it so far and told me I motivate him to get off his couch a little more now too so that's great. lol. I wouldn't dare allow myself to be with someone who was going to try and take all this away from me or somehow impede my journey. I don't think I have anything to worry about with him in that aspect.


  1. I was wondering what all the cryptic talk on FB was about, lol. Yay!! And you look like a completely differnt person! Congrats on 101 pounds in 10 months :)

  2. Wow, Jennifer. I'm new to your blog and had not seen the before pictures. Great job. Keep up the good work. :)

  3. You are doing such an amazing job Jen! And I am so happy for you and your new relationship with Sparky :) YOU GO GIRL!!

  4. You are so awesome!!
    How do you do it? I know I read how you've managed to lose all that weight but what keeps you going? I keep falling off and I just can't seem to find that motivation and drive to keep going and not fall off:(

  5. Congrats on your progress so far and congrats on the new beau!

  6. aw congrats honey. I'm glad you are so happy! and you look HOT!

  7. YAYYYYYY i did see the relationship status on facebook, congrats!! It will work if you both want it to work -- you already know what hard work is and putting in an effort into something you REALLY want so you'll be fine. As for the calorie counting, I'm with you 100 percent... I dont count calories even though I've done it in the past I am at a point this time that I dont need to. As long as you eat responsibly you'll be fine but if you feel yourself starting to slip then definitely tighten up the reigns and see how it goes. Your pics are fantastic... i cant WAIT to get into the 170s... my goodness <3

  8. You look absolutely amazing!!! Congrats on joining the century club :]

  9. Yay on the new boy toy! I did the long distance thing for a year. Now, we've been together for 10 years and just celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary! So the long distance thing can work out.

    As far as slowing down the working out, I think you're so close to your goal, it probably isn't a bad idea to start figuring out your maintenance routine while losing the remaining pounds you have left. I hear that the maintenance is the tough part ;)

  10. Congratulations on reaching the 100lbs, very impressive and the photos, wow you must be proud of yourself and feel so much better! Really awesome and very inspiring!

  11. 100 in 10 months?! You.Are.Amazing. This is sucha beautifully written, emotional post. Be proud of yourself, soak it all in. You are a rockstar, my friend. And yes, thanks for answering my question, I'm one nosey beetch! :) SO HAPPY FOR YOU! The progress pics are.... wow. Just, wow.

  12. I don't know where to start with all the congratulations! LOL

    1. Congratulations on doing incredible on your weightloss and reaching 100 lbs!

    2. Congratulations on the stats - Wow! All those lost inches

    3. Congratulations on your new relationship. I wish you all the best for the future!!

  13. Thank you all so very much. Each and everyone of you. It means so much to have all this new and also continued support over the last 10 months. <3 I appreciate every last word of advice, encouragement, and friendship. Love you guys!

  14. WOW!! Yo have done such a great job on the weight loss!! BTW, I'm a new follower! I'm hoping your blog will give me inspiration to loose this stubborn weight!

  15. Thanks Ivy, nice to see new faces here! I love being able to help offer inspiration or motivation to others when I can.

    Speaking of motivation, I see I didn't quite answer Chicfitmommy... That is a tough question. I have to struggle with poor or good decisions every day still. When I'm feeling overwhelmed though and actaully stop to think about what I'm doing I know what the right choice is and I know that I never want to be that size 24/26 every again and that size 12/14 feels amazing but I bet 10 or 8 would feel even better. I know that I'm not only doing this to improve my own life, but to impact my son's decisions about how to look at food and exercise healthily in his future and so that keeps me going. The hard part is when I don't take the time to stop and think and I just shove something in my face. lol. So I just recommend making it a habit to take your time and listen to yourself and know what you want right now vs what you need to keep living happy.