A little over 9 months ago now I decided I needed to get my butt in gear and get in shape. At a whooping 246 pounds, I knew I had a LOT of weight I needed to loose, but it was intimadating to count how many pounds I really would need to loose to get to a healthy weight. So, I set a weight loss goal of 190 because (honestly) it was a comfortable distance away from 200. Did I think I could do it? Lose 56 pounds? No. I really didn't think I could.
But somehow.... I did. I took it day by day and stayed dedicated no matter how many times I screwed up. I finally stepped on the scale and saw 190! I'm down one more pound now as well for a total of 57 pounds lost since starting. Whoo hoo!!!
So now that I meet my goal....am I done? Heck no!!!! I'm really happy with my progress but I set that goal weight before I really knew what I was capable of. When I first started I couldn't wrap my mind around the fact that I needed to lose over 50 pounds to make it to 190. That is a huge number!!!! It didn't happen overnight but here I am now nine months later and I know all my efforts were so worth it. Now that I KNOW I am strong enough, I just have to keep pushing :)
Pictures are huge motivator for me. I love comparing events from one or two years ago with how I look today.
Fitting into clothing different is so great too. I bought these pants as "progress pants" after I lost my first 30 pounds. They've been getting loose for awhile but finally last Friday I realized they were just about falling off of me know. I guess I'll just have to go shopping for some new ones :)
Also, this shirt used to fit??? Now I could fit a 6 month baby bump in there! Note: there is no baby bump in there nor do I desire a baby bump in there yet hah.
So what IS my next goat? I don't really know yet. I think I'll just take things in stages. I'd like to make it to 175. I'd like to weigh less than my husband for once in my life (around 165) and I'd kinda like to wear a bikini for the first time in my life next summer too. We'll see how things go ;)
Unrealated to scale numbers though, I really am loving living a more fit life. I'm kind of sort of actually semi enjoying running now. GASP. Did I say that? Hubby and I felt crappy on Sunday morning last weekend and so we napped and layed around the house all morning until about 2PM when I felt better. At that point I thought about just going on with my day, but I went for a quick run outside instead. The fall air was cool, I kept a really steady pace and I actually ENJOYED myself. I felt 100x better about moving on with my day then too knowing I at least got a little exercise in for the day. That is something I NEVER would have done before starting this journey. I would use any excuse to get out of exercise. Now I still have excuses, I just work around them :)
This month I also got a fitbit! My work is hosting a fall fitness challenege based off of step count so I've rallied up a team to participate. The first night I wore it I really wanted to get to 10,000 steps (the daily goal) and so I walked around in circles in my living room and did jumping jacks while watching Scandal until it buzzed telling me I met my goal. Hah! It's a fun little motivator. If you have a fitbit account leave your email in the comments and I'll add you as a friend!!