Sunday, March 1, 2009

My thighs don't touch anymore!(and other milestones)

Yes. That's right. When I stand with my feel shoulder-width apart my thighs DO NOT touch! That's huge. And I've broken through the plateau I've been on for over a month....reaching the 55-pound mark. Turns out my exercise routine wasn't doing the trick anymore so I've added some things. I'm now running in intervals with walking on the treadmill....and I HATE running. But I can handle a few minutes at a time. I also added in weight training for strength and toning. Seems to have done the trick, I dropped 5 pounds in three days!

The other day I decided to browse through my summer clothes and evaluate just what I would be able to wear this year. The result: A stack of 15 t-shirts, 6 tank tops and 6 pairs of shorts are on their way to Goodwill. That only left me with ONE pair of shorts for this year! Oh well, guess I'll have to go shopping! ;)

Even though I'm technically still 15 pounds away from my goal I think I'd be happy if I didn't lose anymore. I'm beginning to worry that if I actually lose the whole 70 I won't be able to keep it off. There's still that nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I could put it all back on (and then some). I think that's the self-doubt factor creeping in. When I started this I never thought I'd go this far or this long, but I proved myself wrong. Of course, those last 15 will probably be the harded to lose.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


It's official!!!

I've hit the 50-pound mark. That's almost as much as my daughter weighs! And I can wear a size 14 comfortably again!

Last week I made the mistake of going to the Y to work out on the first Monday after the new year.....yeah, super busy. I couldn't help but notice all of the "new" faces that were their new workout clothes.....not knowing how to use the machines.
And I was so glad I'm not that person anymore. I feel like a gym regular now!

I just hope those newbies aren't just there for a month and then gone. If this diet has taught me one
thing it's this: Don't give up.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Update: Almost 6 months in

A brief update to all three of you that follow my ramblings:

I think I'm near the 50-pound mark. I am also within 3 pounds of comfortably fitting into a size 14 jeans....from Old Navy!!!!! I can't begin to explain how excited that makes me. I haven't been that size since 2000. EIGHT YEARS!!!!!

When I started this diet I thought I could lose some weight, but never this much. I have to admit that I'm surprised I've been able to commit to this lifestyle change. And it truly is a lifestyle change. And I think it's one I can maintain. But perhaps most importantly I think I've realized that I deserve to be healthy and fit and not hide behind baggy clothes and extra weight. I just needed to start believing in myself.

Now that I'm all hip and stuff and on Facebook. I'll post some photos on the blog in case anyone wants to see the slimmer me.

I used to enjoy the holidays...

Fudge. Peanut butter fudge. Chocolate covered pretzels and, well, anything. Toffee bars. Peanut butter and chocolate ball thingies. Peanut butter cookies with the Hershey's kisses in the middle.

Just remind myself: "Only one a day not the whole plate." How many days until New Year's??

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Over the hump

The latest monthly weigh-in was much more satisfying than last time. NINE POUNDS from the end of October to end of November. That makes a grand total of......42 pounds lost so far!! I only have 28 pounds left to hit my goal.

One of the best things is that I don't have to struggle to find something to wear in the morning. I don't have that group of clothes called "Things I'd like to wear but don't want to try-on and get depressed." That group has been replaced with the new group: "Things I never thought I'd wear again, and are now too big."

I'm really starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. If I can hit goal, I'll be at my pre-baby, wedding weight!! And that is pretty excited.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ugh. A plateau

I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted!
In that time I have to admit I've slipped off the wagon a bit (or is it on the wagon, whatever). Carbs. Carbs. Carbs.
They are my nemesis. Let's see: Muffins, pumpkin pie, miniature candy bars. Mind you none of them were in excess. I was still hitting my calories and working out regularly. But the results showed on Monday...... only lost 1 pound in the month. I've been averaging 6-8 per month. People told me that it was still a loss, but it was a downer. And a wakeup call for me to get back in gear.
So I'm detoxing this week from the carbs. Totally. Completely. Back to the rules. I've learned my lesson. I think I slipped because now that I'm halfway, I'm finding it difficult to keep up the program. It's been almost four months. And when I think about it being for the rest of my life it's kinda depressing. I've figured out that it's all about balance with me. I can't eat like I used to, but the carbs are an addiction and I have to learn not to feed it. The doc office told me to get back on the phentermine, which I had been skipping because I had been forgetting to take it, and I got cocky :). I'm also taking a supplement to reduce the carbs and sugar cravings. We'll see.
I've got a couple of major test coming up in the next week. Vegas weekend and free election night pizza at work. Yikes. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about facing the famous Vegas buffets. And I love pizza.....a lot.
So stay tuned and I'll report how it goes.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Long time no post

Wow! I haven't posted in a loooooong time. I know there are four of you waiting with anticipation for my next entry. :)

The diet is plugging along. Getting in the regular workouts. The weird thing is that my body feels crappy if I don't make it in to exercise. I guess my body likes to workout.....who knew? :)
I did have a happy moment a couple of weeks ago: I actually tried on and purchased a pair of jeans at Eddie Bauer. I swear I almost burst out crying in the dressing room. It was like they were made for me. And they were a little loose. No sausage pants for me!! Julia said "Mommy, you're beautiful when you lose weight!" From the mouths of babes! I also bought a real-life dress, too, which was really great. I know the rest of the 70 pounds might come off slower, but now that I'm over the "hump" I think I can slowly but surely whittle off the last half. Next doctor weigh-in is Monday, keep your fingers crossed!!

P.S. I've added the link to the best. jeans. ever. Click on the title of the post to see 'em.