3 Month Update and Progress Pics (Ah!)

Today marks 3 months since I made the decision to change my life for good. 3 months of learning, of baby steps, of good decisions. 3 months of clean eating, of hard work, of working out, of sweat and sore muscles.

As of this morning, I’m down: 53.6 pounds!

Obviously, I’m super excited about losing the weight, but what I’m trying to be more excited about are the non-scale victories.

  • I’m down 2 pant sizes. (I have a stack of clothes I can’t wear anymore because they’re too big!)
  • I can walk up “the hill” without stopping to rest. (In case I haven’t mentioned it, “the hill” is this long/steep hill I found near my house, the first time I tried to walk up it, I had to stop many times to catch my breath and ease my screaming leg muscles.)
  • Today I am starting week 4 of T25 (Week 1, I thought I was going to die after every workout – I still feel like that now, but now I like the feeling!)
  • I’m proud of myself every day.
  • I’m more knowledgeable about health and nutrition.
  • I’m inspiring others.
  • I feel stronger.
  • Quite simply, I just feel so much better. Emotionally and physically.

And now for something I said I wasn’t going to do. Progress pics.  It’s not that I have anything against them in general, but come on, I don’t wanna put embarrassing full body pics of myself online. But, I’ve decided to stop looking at it that way. Its hard for me to see my own physical progress because I look at myself in the mirror every day and really, I feel like I look the exact same.

I have been taking photos w/ my phone just so I can look at them personally, but I know it inspires me to see other people’s progress pics, so I thought I should post them.  So please excuse the horrible quality of these photos, the dirty mirror and the dirty clothes in the background – they weren’t taken with the intention of sharing.

Left: taken about a month into my journey.Right: taken this weekend (10/26/13)

Left: taken about a month into my journey.
Right: taken this weekend (10/26/13)

Left: taken about a month into my journey. Middle: taken about a month and a half in. Right: taken this weekend (10/26/13)

Left: taken about a month into my journey.
Middle: taken about a month and a half in.
Right: taken this weekend (10/26/13)

I think I see the biggest difference in this photo - so happy that my stomach is shrinking.

I think I see the biggest difference in this photo – so happy that my stomach is shrinking.

These t-shirts are the same - just in different colors.

These t-shirts are the same – just in different colors.

Well, now that that’s over with, I just want to say thanks to everyone for all of the love, support and encouragement. It helps keep me going. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m motivated.

Every morning I wake up and tell myself: I can do this.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

j,ft❤

@theweighout October Challenge : Putting Away the Scale

The hardest thing for me so far this month has been getting rid of the scale.  I know it’s only been three days, but seriously, I usually weigh every morning.  I decided this morning to take the batteries out and hide them so I won’t be tempted.  Problem solved, lol.

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I’m really trying to focus on things other than the number on that dang thing.

@theweighout October Challenge : Vision Board

The girls @theweighout tasked those of us in the October Challenge with creating a “Vision Board.”

“We want you to get a little creative with your goals and create a VISION BOARD. … Find a wall in your home, a piece of card, a notebook, a pinterest board, or some clip art for the digital people. This should have pictures/quotes/scribblings that represent your GOALS. Not just your fitness goals, but career, travel, family and LIFE.”

Here’s mine:
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The One Where it’s Already October

Really, October, really?  Where has this year gone?!

Today, I had a great N.S.V. (Non-Scale Victory) – My favorite jeans are being officially retired!  They’re now two sizes too big and uncomfortably baggy.  I’m gonna wash ’em, fold ’em and stick ’em on the top shelf in my closet to save for my “after” pics.  (The weird thing about losing weight is what to do about clothes.  I don’t really want to buy new clothes, because I’m hoping they won’t fit for long, but at the same time, I do need to wear something.)  It feels good to think about N.S.V.s because I’m really trying NOT to focus so much on the scale and just focus on how I feel.  I mean, it’s amazing that I’ve lost 40+ pounds in the last two months, but there are so many more important things than the number on the scale!

So what’s up for this month:

@theweighout October Challenge

Surprisingly, I’ve found a really supportive community of weight-losers and fitness enthusiasts on Instagram.  Beginning October 1st, I’m participating in a challenge begun by three lovely ladies on Instagram who make up: @theweighout.  The point is to make 3 commitments (1. Food 2. Fitness 3. Personal) and challenge myself to keep them in October. 

Mine are:

1. FOOD: to continue clean eating and to go meatless 2x per week.
2. FITNESS: to workout 5x per week minimum.
3. ME: to hide the scale (only weigh 1x per week) and to spend more time with friends.

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!

Here’s hoping everyone has an awesome October!

Q: Will you join me in the @theweighout October Challenge?  What are your Food/Fitness/Personal commitments for the month?

j,ft❤