Thursday, March 28, 2013

30 lbs!

As of today, I have lost 30 pounds since beginning this weight loss journey. What a crazy accomplishment. I am feeling great, and have a more positive view of my body than I have had in a long time. I'm 15 lbs away from the lowest I've weighed since college. It's an exciting thing, for sure. Feeling and seeing the results is what keeps me motivated, even when I want to scarf down stuff that really isn't good for me at all. I am finally realizing that I AM WORTH IT. I am worth losing weight. Worth feeling beautiful. Worth feeling in control of this part of my life. Worth feeling happy.

So, in honor of losing 30 pounds, here are some other things that weight 30 pounds.

20 cartons of eggs
 this creepy fish
10 cans of Crisco

three Madi-dogs

almost 4 gallons of water.

So, there you have it. That is what I was carrying around on my body. Today is a new day, though. Here's to losing another 10 and getting to do a fun "things that weigh 40 pounds" post!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Transitioning from Maintenance to Loss

After an initial freakout, I settled nicely into Phase 3. Instead of following 1,000 blogs and forums and different advice, I just decided to do it my way, add foods in slowly, and enjoy eating again. I have settled nicely at my LDW (last drops weight) for a few weeks now. This past week I even enjoyed carbs again for the first time in a long time...even though they made me feel way too full and tired and yucky in some ways.

Overall, I've maintained my 26 pound weight loss since I started this journey about 2 months ag. But, now I'm looking at the scale and ready to get it moving in the right direction (down) again. I've set a goal to lose anohter 5 lbs before I go on my trip to Chicago to pet and play with penguins. Which, that's in just over 3 weeks, so I need to get my butt in gear. That means working out (either at home or at the gym, but probably at the gym if I want to really be successful) and writing down everything I eat. Before it was easier in some ways. Less calories in=weight loss. While I know the formula is the formula, I really don't have 500 calories a day I can cut right now. So, instead I am going to eat really clean and really healthy and workout for 45 minutes-an hour at least 5 times a week. And by working out, I mean I need to get a sweat on and actually burn calories instead of just walking aimlessly around the track at the gym.

I feel like I'm starting all over on weight loss again; there is so much still I want to lose and so far still to go. Life, in general, is crazy right now. I'm fighting a cold and am exhausted, so I just want to sleep, not take good care of my body. But, I also know that to be another 20 lbs lighter would be amazing and make me feel like a totally different person. Now is NOT the time to lose my motivation.