On December 19, 2017, I weighed in at 336 pounds and posted that I was gunning for 318, I can vividly remember weighing 319 pounds back in 2006 when I consulted a doctor regarding phentermine and weight loss. I have finally left 318 in the dust. This morning (2 months and 2 days later) I weighed in at 313 pounds. I weigh less than I have weighed in the last 12 FREAKING years. WOW! I feel like my progress has slowed some, but when I do that math, 23 pounds in two months doesn't sound all that bad.
The next goal? 299! Getting out of the 400s felt awesome. I can't believe I'm almost out of the 300s. I posted on my Facebook today that I was hoping to, at some point, weigh less than my husband. He's been hanging around 250 for most of our marriage. A couple months into my journey he started to eat more like me and starting exercising with me regularly and often on his own as well. So fortunately, (but unfortunately for my goal), he's lost 50 pounds himself. With the amount of muscle I carry, and hope to keep, I don't know if I'll ever catch him. My body isn't really designed to be thin. With puberty came "thickness."
My main concern is being HEALTHY!
I love my new lifestyle. I love being the girl that LOVES to go to the gym. I love helping others realize they too can CHOOSE to be and do better. I love being able to pass on desserts or other poor nutrition choices and not feel like I'm cheating myself or missing out. Missing out? On what? MISERY? DEPRESSION? PHYSICAL PAIN? I love liking myself again while learning to love myself. I LOVE THIS LIFESTYLE. <3
On January 4th of this year, I posted about our "City of Maricopa Weight Loss Challenge". I said, "I am a little nervous because I've been at this a while and we all know that those just starting out, if they have excess weight to lose, might lose more generously in the beginning of their journey. The competitive me is a little bummed by this, BUT... I'm excited for all those that might find their way to healthier living through this challenge. Seriously though, why couldn't this contest have happened 7 months ago."
This challenge was awesome and the level of support and encouragement everyone showed for one another was INCREDIBLE. I lost 12.5 pounds during the challenge and 1.3% body fat. It's not going to be a prize winner as far as loss as there were many that did better but I did "apply" to be a grand prize winner based on my overall journey so far. There is a celebration, potluck, and awards ceremony on March 3rd, so we shall see if I'm one of the five grand prize winners. Cross your fingers for me.
Here's a look back at my max-ish and a fairly current shot from the gym:
The "250K Transformation Challenge" with BodyBuilding.com is still underway. There are some folks absolutely KILLING it in there though. It's not so much weight loss transformations. It's more slightly flabby to extremely buff types of transformations. That group has been supportive and inspirational as well though, so I'm still glad to be involved.
That's about all the "news" for now. More to come soon.
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it.” ― Jordan Belfort