Sunday, March 12, 2017

10 weeks!!

So today marks 10 weeks back on my journey and I am feeling great still. I am more determined than ever. I may not be working out as long as I did back when I didn't have a job but I am doing what I can to keep myself moving. Yesterday I spent all day spring cleaning. I cleaned out and organized our garage all morning and then in the afternoon I went over to my parents house and went through several totes I had clothes stored in back from 2011/2012. There were clothes in there that I was wearing when I got down to my smallest but then I got pregnant and wanted to keep them for when I could fit back in them. Then there were brand new clothes in there that I bought on clearance thinking I will fit in this someday after baby. Well they have just sat there for over 5 years now. Yesterday I got rid of an entire SUV trunk full of boxes of clothes. Mostly mine. I gave away 2/3 of what I had and only kept things I just really wanted to still wear or that I never got a chance to ever and am still hoping to someday fit. It was very therapeutic to go through and see those old things. I had good memories with some and bad with others. I got rid of some that I loved simply because I felt like I got plenty of good use of them and wanted to pass them to someone else. I am trying to stop hoarding so much. My husband thinks I never throw anything out. lol. Well last night I gave away 6 boxes and two very large trash bags full of clothes. When I saw the lady I met up with to give them to had brought two teenage girls with her to help load up the back of her SUV I knew they would get a lot of use out of most of those clothes. I told her just to regift anything that she didn't want and she plans to do just that. In scale news, I have reached a new low!

I felt stuck in the 270s for so long all of February so its great to see myself coasting on down in to the 260s finally. As of March 1st I am down 5.2 lbs and we still got more than half the month to go so I am feeling really successful right now. My mom even noticed my losses on Friday night when I saw her she said I looked good and that is when I mentioned that I was down 30 lbs. My husband says he notices a huge difference too and is very proud of me. I can even see it in the mirror myself. I am looking forward to summer and fitting back in to some old swimsuits so that I can swim some of this weight off, too!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Bragging rights

For the most part, in my day to day life, I am not mentioning that I am on a weightloss journey. I go to work with the same few people I have spent the last 3 years working with each and every day and don't want to say a word to them about it until someone first says something to me about noticing my appearance has changed. The one thing I have mentioned is that I gave up soda. A few of my coworkers have said they were giving it up and I mentioned that I had done the same and left it at that. Of course every now and then I see them having one anyways and saying well I went without for 3 days or whatever... The conversation this morning that I overheard goes as follows Teacher 1, as she is trying to put a dollar in to the vending machine: I haven't had a soda in a while but today is Friday! Teacher 2: You have been doing so well, so you deserve it! My thought process is immediately - what? You are doing so well let's sabotage ourself?! But I don't say anything because well we aren't exactly close friends and I kinda feel in a mental competition with this person. Even more so because I recently took over her job. She has mentioned multiple times to everyone that will listen that she is working out or heading to the gym or whatever and then usually later in the day talking about how she is gonna eat better tomorrow because today she wants to go have mexican food for lunch or any other multitude of excuses. To myself I am thinking two things. 1, she is clearly sabotaging herself. 2, I am gonna start becoming noticeably thinner in the coming months and everyone else at work will finally be talking about how great I look. lol. She mentioned yesterday that she lost 6 lbs and everyone was like oh you look awesome. I can't tell a difference yet. I hate to be so competitive or catty, but at least its just inside my head and I am not actually running my mouth to anyone but my blog and my husband. I feel good keeping myself motivated though without having to brag to anyone about it. Of course I brag on myself here, but that's what this thing is for! :)

Fabulous friday

Today is a fabulous Friday! The sun is out full blast and I feel as if I might get my first sunburn of the year. Lol. I walked home on my lunch break and am sitting on the porch listening to the birds chirping and singing as they hunt through my grass for tasty treats. I can hear my neighbor's lawn mower in the distance leaving fresh cut grass for me to smell on my walk back. The wind is blowing a gentle breeze, just enough to make the wind chimes my grandmother gave me play a beautiful melody. Today is one of those blissful days where it almost seems a shame to return to work. However, my students have been enjoying a pretty easy going morning and I look forward to coming back just before nap time is over so I can see their sweet faces as they wake up.

In fitness news, I have made it down to the weight I was when I gave birth to my second child, Bethany. I had lost 30 just after having her but then let life get the best of me and shot up that 30 and then some. Anyways, I am now 24lbs down just since January 1st and 31 lbs in total. This had me pumped so when I walked home, I actually jogged part of the way and enjoyed it.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Today sounds so much better than yesterday!

Saw this quote on facebook and thought wow that totally sums up how I am feeling right now!

It even feels so much better!

This morning I stepped on the scale to reveal myself meeting my 3rd short term goal I have listed over there in the sidebar!

I reached 270 lbs and am now at a loss of 23 since the beginning of the year/ That makes for a total loss of 30 lbs since my highest recorded weight! It feels pretty amazing. I am starting to see the changes in my skin and belly shape once again finally. February may have been a kind of slow moving dud of a month, but March is starting out on the right foot!

I think that I was getting a little stale using the same brand of workout videos over and over. I really loved the wide variety and the style of teaching used of this one kind called Lumowell fitness that I found on amazon with my prime membership. However, I felt like it was time to change things up a bit and found myself scrolling through all kinds of workouts. I thought maybe what I needed was a dance video to get myself moving and grooving. I stumbled across some "Jesus hip hop" type workouts whose slogan was Shape what the Father gave ya and couldn't resist watching to see what that was about. I found that it was actually pretty decent dancing, but there was not really any teaching going on. They just expected you to know what they were doing and to follow along. Then I saw some How to Twerk video and just had to try my hand at that. Hahaha. It was amusing to say the least. After looking at a Zumba concert series I decided that the dance videos available to me through prime were not really anything I could or wanted to do. I tried searching again just for workout videos and found something called the 21 day transformation. There are 10 episodes, so I assume there must be some type of program that goes along with it, but figured I would give the first one a try today since it was only 18 minutes long. It may have been short, but it sure got after it. I was sweating pretty bad by the time it was over and look forward to seeing what is in store for episode 2 tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Two months in... Hello March

Okay so we are another month in to the journey and I am still here going strong. I will admit I haven't worked out as hard as I did in the first month, but I am still soda free and am moving my body more each day along with eating less.

Today I stepped on the scale to see...

273.0 lbs. So Same as I was this time last week, however I have been on my preiod for the last straight week and so I am not too surprised.

I did not have a period at all during January and February was a slightly shorter month. I only lost 6.4 lbs in the last month vs the over 13lbs lost in my first month. I was a bit dissapointed when I saw those numbers but then I took some measurements.

Here are the measurements:

These are my starting body measurements:
Neck - 16.5"
Bust - 50"
Waist - 47"
Hips - 60"
Arms - 19"
Thighs - 32"
Calves - 20"

My current measurements (and lost in the last month):
Neck - 15.75" (down 0.25")
Bust - 49" (down 1")
Waist - 45" (down 1.5")
Hips - 60" (down 2")
Arms - 17" (down 0.5")
Thighs - 31" (down 1")
Calves - 18.75" (down 0.25")

That's a total of 6.5 inches lost this month. Last month I only lost 3.5 and this time I lost in every single category! Woo, NSV for sure!

Here are my pictures to start out March.