One Month to Jamaica: Weight Loss Update

It's official: one month from today hubby and I will be on our way to Jamaica!!!

Booking that trip two months ago was the kick in the pants I needed to say enough is enough and start getting myself healthy. (If this is news to you catch up here and here). Last month I left off with an update of 16 pounds down (11 in the first month and 5 in the second) and I'm happy to report that as of today I'm down a total of 24 pounds! (8 pounds since last month). According to My Fitness Pal I've reached a 10% loss. Woot!

I'm glad this month I "picked the pace up" and lost more than 5 pounds. I think one thing that helped was I ate much better this past weekend. Er, or just less calories. I may have had alcohol and cake for dinner last Saturday night. Priorities people. Haha no, I normally eat very healthy dinners during the week but I knew I wanted to drink and we were celebrating a friends birthday that it was cake and alochol for my dinner!! haha.

I'm still trying out new healthy recipes during the week, staying away from things that have a lot of cheese, cream cheese, cream (sensing a pattern??) as those are my downfall. I even cooked fish for my first time EVER this week. I was a little nervous, but it actually turned out really yummy!

Mahi Mahi with Breadcrumbs, Garlic and Herbs

This was my sad face from Tuesday night. Every Tuesday hubby has plans so I have the night to myself to make mac and cheese and watch all the girly shows he hates. I really just wanted to sit on the couch and eat lots of food and drink wine but instead I went out to exercise and HAD NO WINE. UGH. Why must wine have calories.

My belly has always been problem area and will be for awhile...but I've noticed my waist a little more prominent lately :) And I think I can see a little difference in my face. I few people have started to notice and comment on some changes so that makes me happy :)

Here's a shot from about 8 months ago (when I had just started a diet that lasted for...oh...a week???) and 2ish weeks ago when I just hit the 20 pound loss mark. Besides the fact that I had bangs back then I think I'm starting to notice a few subtle changes.

Both are gym bathroom slefies before Zumba class. Keeping Classy.

One of the newest thing's I've been doing is going for runs outside. It has been getting into the 50s and 60s around here which feels glorious after the VERY cold and VERY snowy winter we had. I live right up the street from an awesome biking/walking trail so Jefferson and I have been going out for runs/walks a lot more.

This doggie may not be too big but he has ENERGY! He is always out as far as he can on his leash pulling away. He thinks I'm too slow haha :)

I'm still not very good at jogging for long distances outside (I can only seem to do that on the treadmill right now) but I guess you have to practice to get better at everything and even if I'm not running the whole time I'm still buring a good amount of calories. Plus, I'm pretty happy while doing it because THIS is the view along a lot of the trail!!

I've still been using my Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor to track my calories. For my Zumba class and doing at home workouts it works really well, but I've been having troubles with it when I go running. It keeps on losing my heart rate! Maybe because of the strap that goes right under my sports bra...and the girls really bounce allll around when I'm running.... So I bought the ePulse2 Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Watch & Calorie Counter to use just for running. You wear it around your forearm and it doesn't require a chest strap which seems to work better for me.

I wore BOTH trackers my first time - there is a little spread between the calories they calculate but not that much of a difference.

So I've got one month left until Jamaica. I don't want that to be the end of this journey by any stretch, but it does feel like a good milestone I'm trying to get too. I really would like to be down 30 pounds before we leave, so that would mean I only have to lose six pounds this next month! Very attainable. But then I'll be eating ALLZEFOODS and drinking ALLZEALOCHOLS while in Jamaica (you have to live it up on vacation!!!) so I'll have to get back to work when I get home!


  1. You are doing so awesome!! When the hubby and I went to Mexico in Jan there was no way I was not going to over indulge on Mango Margaritas and all that yummy I just made sure that I went for a run every day...running along the beach as the sun was coming up was the best way to start my day...and then I didn't have to feel bad about spending the rest of the day lounging around reading magazines in the warm sun!

  2. I am so envious. Love Jamaica! Usually go there every year on anniversary but didn't in 2013. I agree with the commenter above. Just run along the beach everyday and then lounge, eat and drink away. It's a vacay for goodness sake. You look great! Have a wonderful time!

  3. ahh you're looking GREAT!! And hello waist!! PS - 24 lbs?? Lets go walking/jogging together - i need that motivation!!!

  4. Congrats! You are doing so well! Very inspirational.

    Also you will love Jamaica! We had a blast when we were there last month.


  5. Wow, way to stick with it and work SO HARD! Excited for you! I can totally see you've lost weight in your face, shoulders, and arms, and there is definitely more definition around your waistline. Keep it up! You're doing great!

  6. How many kilograms did you lose that month? I find your diet and exercise quite reasonable.
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