The past year has been a life-changer for me (and the family). I started a journey in the end of June to “Drop 10 in 10 [weeks]”. I dropped 15.6 and thought I was doing good. The summer ended, and I sort of lost track of what I was doing. ‘lil Man was still nursing, so I felt like I needed to keep up my calories to help with his needs even though I wasn’t making the same supply I had been in his first 6 months of life.
All too easily, the weight almost all lumped back on and it was October. I buckled down, joined a little support group with my co-workers, and started meeting with our dietitian at work. I was on an eating plan and started working out three days a week. The pounds started to slip off…and stay off. Then in February, I started to train for Mud on the Mountain, running 3 days a week and lifting weights 3 days a week. (It was too much, I hit a nasty plateau that got my spirits down for a few weeks).
I kept working toward my goal–50 pounds meant I could get a Kindle Fire, and for a month or so, I was within 10 pounds and could see the “finish line”. A sprained knee, carb loading post Mud on the Mountain, holidays, birthdays, a wedding…and BAM! This morning, I stepped on the scale and was down 50.8 pounds. Somehow, the 50 pounds is off (and staying off)! It’s been a journey, and one that is well worth it.
Here’s a little look at where I’ve been…I wasn’t able to see this progress myself until I sat down and looked at these photos tonight. What a difference 50 pounds makes! (The unfortunate thing of these is that I didn’t really take photos in January, February, or March; plus my photo from Saturday was just a snap from my phone, but we can work on that since I am more ok with photos now.)
November 2011(Me & Charlie Batch)
If you are wondering how I did it…I eat mostly clean, half of my meals are veggies and/or fruit plus whole grains. I work out three times a week. I still eat chocolate, ice cream, cake…I just watch how much I am eating. I drink a TON of water. I have a ridiculous amount of will power and an amazing support system (especially my husband, kids, and dietitian). And I am not tempted by everyone else living their lives and enjoying foods–I am a foodie for sure and so I get it! It’s been a fun journey, one I am not going to give up anytime soon. You are all great, so supportive and loving! Thank you!
(Updated 3/7/2013 to show the pictures, lost in my blog transfer.)