Highest Weight: 250
Starting Weight: 238 (03/20/13)
Weight Last Week: 215.5
Current Weight: 213.5
I can't believe that it has been 11 weeks of a totally different life. Some days are more challenging than others, but usually, all of the changes come very naturally.
This last Monday was my thirty-first birthday and it was a great day for so many reasons.
I spent a great day with my family, and treated myself to mushroom pizza and salad from one of our favorite pizza places for dinner. Then, we walked over to my favorite gourmet bakery and I chose a ginormous cream cheese brownie for my birthday treat. Even though I totally indulged, I managed to stay within my calorie goal for the day.
My birthday present was a pair of running shoes that I got custom fitted. My dad was so generous and bought them for me, and Mark bought me the fanciest pair of socks I've ever worn but feel amazing. I ran 3.1 miles for my 31st birthday, and I felt kind of incredible. On my 30th birthday, I wouldn't have been able to walk 3.1 without getting totally exhausted.
Last year at this time, I was weighing a tad bit over 240 and I felt horrible. I knew I was not looking my best, and I certainly wasn't feeling my best. This week, I weighed in at 213.5. I feel so much better, and I am getting used to the constant change. Yesterday, I realized I hadn't looked at my license picture in a long time. When I did, I gasped. I took a picture of myself and compared them.
I just have to say, I'm really proud of myself. I never thought I would be embarrassed about my "before", and I'm not exactly embarrassed, but I'm more like..."why?" This lifestyle seems like second nature to me now. Even though I have off days, or even weeks, I know I am always moving towards my goal of being at a healthy weight and the level of fitness I desire.
The last few weeks, my weight loss had stalled, but I kept at it. This week, the weight has started dropping again and I'm pretty happy about that. I know weight doesn't mean everything, but the reality is that I am nowhere close to a healthy weight. But, I am getting closer and when I lose a half a pound more, I will have lost 25 pounds since I started this crazy journey at the end of March. Now that I'm 213.5, being under 200 is suddenly seeming possible and that is super exciting. Aside from hitting my goal weight, getting under 200 is the milestone I am most excited about. It will be a monumental moment for me, and there might even be tears.
Some of you have asked if I am taking measurements, and I have been! I need to take them again and then I'll share them next week. I know I have lost 5-6 inches from my hips/abdomen alone, which has completely changed my wardrobe. I wear a lot of dresses, leggings and exercise clothes because a lot of my clothes have gotten pretty baggy. I'm (maybe foolishly) hoping to stay in all of my "before" clothes until fall, and then I'm going to do a major wardrobe update. As I go down in sizes, I'm excited to hit thrift stores more often, too. As a size 22 or 24, it was impossible to thrift shop unless I wanted a mu-mu or something equally as shapeless.
I'm off to make (the hilarious sounding) "protein balls" to have around for an easy delicious way to get a lot of protein and good fat. Mine are no bake, and are made from oats, peanut butter, protein powder, raw cashews, ground flax seed, raw sunflower seeds, chia seeds, some dark chocolate chips and a little honey. I'll share it step by step next week, they are awesome for after a long run or if I need more protein for the day and I want something sweet.
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you all have had a great week.
(Oh, I've been mulling over a few non-weightloss related posts that I want to write, so check in for that in the next few days!)