Current weight: 135 pounds
Last week's weight: 136 pounds
Total weight loss: 35 pounds (Yay!)
Agh!!! I'm getting so close I can taste it! I kind of couldn't believe the scale when I got up to go to the bathroom and saw that it read 135.6. Especially since just a couple of days ago I was up at 138.2. But it's true!
I am only 10 pounds away from my final goal!
Can you believe it?
Can you believe that I've lost 35 pounds so far?
I cannot. Making goals that are hard and take a long time to accomplish and then actually following through with them is not typically my style. But it sure is a good feeling. So, to celebrate my progress (and because I can't be shown up by my mom) I took pictures! Although let me preface this by saying that my mom does her updates on Saturday mornings when there are people around to take a picture of her. I do mine on Tuesdays. Which equals weird self-taken pictures. So please bear that in mind when you come to this week's pictures.
Okay, so these last pictures are terrible, taken the wrong direction, and not a very exciting climax. But can you see the progress? At least from week 1 to now? Man, I sure can. And I'm so happy about it. It makes me feel sad and a little disgusted to look at the week 1 pictures and realize that I let my body get that way.
And if you can't see in the pictures, maybe you can see the difference in these measurements.
As of December 29, 2009 my measurements were as follows:
Wasit: 39 in.
Tummy: 42.5 in
Hips: 39 in.
Bust: 40 in.
Bicep: 12.5 in.
Weight: 170 lbs.
As of July 27, 2010 my measurements are as follows:
Waist: 34.25 in.
Tummy: 37 in.
Hips: 38.5 in.
Bust: 36.5 in.
Bicep: 11.25 in.
Weight: 135 lbs
That's a total of...
Waist: down 4.75 in.
Tummy: down 5.5 in.
Hips: down .5 in.
Bust: down 3.5 in.
Bicep: down 1.25 in.
Weight: down 35 lbs.
Whoooooo hooooooooo! And one of the best things about all this that, not only do I feel and look so much better, but I'm finally fitting back into even some of my skinnier clothes! Hooray! On Sunday I wore a shirt that I honestly can't remember the last time I wore. I probably haven't worn it for at least two years.
I'd say the two things that have helped me the most lately are (1) using MyFitnessPal.com and (2) eating foods that are more filling and have less calories. I'll try and take pictures of my regular menu this week so you can see what I've been eating lately. Because that has been helping a ton. That is, of course, in addition to my regular exercise and drinking lots of water.
If there's one thing I'm still fussing over it is this: trying to help myself have a flat tummy by the time I reach my goal weight. Yes, I do still have a little fat there to lose, but I think for the most part now it's just flabby skin (especially left over from pregnancy) and weak muscles. I had gotten lazy about doing my nightly crunches, but I'm getting back on board with that again and I've been good about it for the past few days. Although last night as I was doing crunches it just didn't quite feel like enough. So instead I just stopped at 30 crunches and then did 3 sets of holding in plank position for 20 seconds. That is hard? Umm... but is that going to help me tighten my abs? I'd really love to work on this area in a non-super-sweaty way as much as possible. It's already hot enough around here. Any input or suggestions would be much appreciated.
Oh, and, by way of keeping myself accountable, here's where I'm at on actual goals. I've had it in the back of my head for a while now that I want to reach my goal of being 125 pounds by Christmas. But if I stay on track with the goals I've put into MyFitnessPal.com (losing one pound a week), then that has me reaching my goal at the beginning of October. Right now I'm actually a little bit ahead on my goal. So should I just buck up and set my goal for the first week in October? I can't decide. I don't really know why. Maybe because there's nothing exciting going on the first week of October.
Hooray for exciting progress!