Well it's officially been about six months since I've started trying to loose weight and this is the month I really realized that this weight loss thing is a JOURNEY!
I'm down a total of 41 pounds now, so three more than last month. I've been a little frustrated with myself this past month as I was stuck at the same weight for like three weeks straight! We had a lot of weddings and events and fourth of July parties to attend and I just was not as good as I could have been.
I have to keep telling myself that slow progress is still progress. I'm still down more this month than I was last month, or the month before or six months ago. I'm going to slip up and eat the pizza the boss orders for lunch on July 3rd when NO ONE ELSE seems to be in the office but I'm stuck there starring at that pizza box. I'm going to eat a delicious danish during a sales meeting. I'm going to go on a girls weekend to the beach this weekend to a hotel with a swim up bar and drink WAYYY more than I should. All of these things are going to happen because I'm human and I even though I want to keep loosing weight my life does not revolve around it. I'll slip up, I'll allow myself to cheat, but every Monday I'm still going to be back at it counting my calories and excited to go hit up the gym and go to Zumba again!!!
If I would have quit every time I slipped up along these six months, I would still be the girl in the left of this picture: very much overweight and very frustrated about it. Instead I'm the girl on the right: I'm no where near perfect yet but I'm finally able to tell that getting so much closer to where I should be.
I've noticed a lot of really great non-scale related victories this month too. My wedding rings are loose. My clothes fit SO MUCH BETTER. I have a pair of grey dress pants that I stopped wearing this winter because they were so tight and uncomfortable. Not only do those pants fit now, they are loose and baggy! I was able to fit into another pair of grey dress pants I saved from college that I probably haven't fit in for over three years. Clothes just LOOK better on now too. No more chub peaking over the top of my high waisted skirt and no more round face!
What's really awesome though is seeing fat rolls actually disappear. I'm not quite ready to post fully revealing before and afters (helloooo tummy trouble zone) but look at my back in this picture. These pictures were taken one day off from year apart: June 15th 2013 and June 14th 2014. I only started trying to loose weight effectively since January so this picture from last June was at the start of another failed diet attempt. Check out my back rolls!!! They are officially gone!! Praise the lord!!
Seriously though. Back fat rolls?? SERIOUSLY unattractive. Hubby has always loved me, but he is glad those bad boys are gone too :P
It's pretty awesome to have hit that 40 pound bench mark. I feel legit now :) But overall six months in, I'm still committed. Slow or fast past I'm still going. I've realized that this is a journey and I'm in it for the long haul. Progress takes a lot of hard work and consequently a lot of time as well. Until the next update...