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Progress – October 2013 (now November)

Oops. Fell behind, forgot to get my progress post up last month!

I am now 125 lbs. and 19.6 BMI.

Definitely slowing down even more on attempt to lose more weight. Maintaining is pretty much the name of the game.

I have a wild before and after though. The before shot is from a few years ago. Not sure what I weighed, I would feel very confident saying it was probably between 165-170… ugh here it is:

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Yeesh.

But October includes Halloween… I got to wear a pretty fun costume and felt confident doing so!

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Nailed it!

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Progress – September 2013

It has officially been a year since I joined a gym. In September of 2012 I started by visiting a few gyms and using their free trial memberships. That first visit was on Labor Day weekend. It sounds goofy, but it really changed my life. That was 32 pounds ago.

As of today I weigh 128. BMI = 20.0

My current goals are so different than a year ago! When I started I wasn’t aiming very high, just hoping to lose some weight and fit into my clothes better. I have lost more than I initially thought I would be able to. Now I am getting closer to the point where I don’t really aim to lose much more weight, I’m more interested in toning parts of my body and increasing my endurance. I used to wear pants that were a size 12 (sometimes even larger…) Now when I buy pants I buy size 4. My shirts were all Large (sometimes XL) now I pretty much always buy Small (occasionally even XS). I have a lot more energy than I used to. Physically I can accomplish things I never thought I could when I started exercising a year ago. Really glad I stuck with it and kept pushing myself. Some days are easy and I look forward to working out, but it can still be a challenge some weeks to get off my ass and keep at it. It’s all worth it though.

All it took for me to turn my life around was a minimum of 3 days a week, 40 minutes to an hour of some kind of cardio (whether it be at the gym, or even biking or hiking). That’s my minimum each week, and really it’s not that hard to keep at it. That plus being mindful and keeping track of what food I put into my body is what I do. No magic pill or starvation or anything insane. Just regular exercise and good food choices. I always get a little surprised at the disbelief I get from some people who haven’t seen me in awhile and they ask me what I’ve done. No, I haven’t done P90x. Nope, no cross fit. No, I haven’t found a magic diet pill or drug. Go figure, I literally just do what just about any health professional says you ought to do… I exercise 3-4 times a week and eat healthy.

Here is my progress shot, taken a few days ago:

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Progress – August 2013

Big goal hit. I am down to 130 lbs. That makes my BMI 20.4.   YES!

When I started this whole journey (and was actually brave enough to start weighing myself again) I was 160 pounds.  Initially I thought it would be nice to lose 15 pounds or so. Then when I got close to that, I thought it would be excellent to get to 20 or even 25 pounds down. I finally got those goals so I decided to go big: now my ultimate goal is to weigh around 120 lbs. I figure why not aim for it? Even if I don’t get there and I just get close, it’s cool. Now I’ve gotten to the 130 mark; 30 pounds down and only 10 pounds away from what I would consider an ideal weight for my body. 120 lbs. would put me at the low range of normal for BMI, still in a very healthy range.

Welp, here is my progress picture, including the dreaded starting-point-flashback-picture in the upper left for your consideration.

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(so damn proud of myself!)

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Progress – July 2013

Still making progress. Not a lot of weight loss, but I’m quite happy where I’m at, at the moment.

I weigh 133 lbs (27 pounds lost). My BMI is 20.8.

I’m making progress with my exercise routines too. For example, I used to only be able to do about 30-45 minutes on the elliptical. Now I’m doing an hour on it, going 6+ miles. I’m excited to be able to do things that I never thought I was capable of as little as 6 months ago.

I guess my progress picture kind of says it all – I put on bikinis to go swimming now, and I think I look pretty good!  No abs of steel, but I’m not embarrassed to be wearing them!

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Progress – June 2013

My weight loss is slowing down, but it’s still happening.

I am now down to weighing 134, so that’s 26 pounds lost. That puts my BMI at 21. (YES!)

I am quite pleased though, as my clothes are fitting better and I am continually able to go shopping for smaller sizes (shopping has honestly never been so fun). I think the main reason the scale doesn’t look much different but my body does, is that I have been working more on toning and a little muscle building. I am definitely not going for a muscular look, but I would really like to increase my strength and tone more. I’ve noticed my arm wiggle is essentially gone. My leg muscles are rocking, they look better than they ever have. I even have these cool muscles in my back and shoulders I didn’t realize I had been working on.

Another point of pride is that between my last progress post and this one, I had a nearly one week vacation in the motherland of naughty delicious food: Texas. And I did well! I wasn’t able to hit the gym but I kept active… walking, playing with my 2 year old nephew, and swimming a few days. And even though I allowed myself some decadent BBQ a couple of nights, I tracked my calorie intake and made sure I wasn’t ruining any day by going too far over my daily calorie/fat goals. Success!

Photo from weigh in at 134 taken a couple of days ago:

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Progress – May 2013

I am officially down 24 pounds from when I started this venture to become fit in September 2012. I don’t know how much I’ve actually lost, because I only started recording my weight in September at 160 pounds… but I know I was heavier than that. I was very afraid of looking at the scale. When I actually started jumping on and paying attention, it was after my husband and I had already started cooking and eating healthier. I know I had lost some weight from that process.

Regardless, here I am now. 136 pounds, 21.3 BMI:

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And if you haven’t seen the original image from September 2012:

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It’s a little embarrassing to look at myself from back then, but I am proud of what I have done to improve myself and I think it’s a good reminder and encouragement to keep going!