It's been a while since I wrote a blog, so much has been going on that I've hardly had time to relax much less get on spark people for anything other than tracking everything.
I'm starting to feel like, all the changes I've been making in my life, are becoming like second nature. I make good food choices even if I don't look at the food tracker right away, I push myself to exercise more and when I don't feel like exercising, I add exercise time to my routine. Even if I work late I still come home and cook dinner as opposed to running to Wendys, and I still come home and do a workout, even if its just 10-15 minutes. I've added 3 pound weights into my workout routine and I'm excited to say that it's helping to shrink my arms a little (I've been having a hard time getting the fat off my arms for some reason)
I'm done with 21 pounds so far, and I can't even remember what it was like before now. Even though I have a lot more work to do I already feel much better about myself. 21 pounds ago, I use to wear the same clothes over and over because they were the only ones to really fit me. I didn't want to go buy new ones, more because I hated going into a store and having to look for XXL or XXXL, that really takes a tole on your self esteem after a while. Now I find myself excited to see what I can fit into every morning, and it's so exciting to be able to wear a lot of the 'cute' clothes I use to wear. Not to mention I can now fit into L/XL clothes!
I have gone back to wearing my jewelery, makeup, and I'm even back into painting my nails. My co-workers have all seen the changes and can't stop telling me how much I seem to have 'blossomed'. I don't see it so much as blossoming as much as I do being more comfortable with myself. Before I gained so much weight I use to do all those things, wear jewelry, makeup, paint my nails......but when I gained so much weight and felt like I was stuck in a place I didn't want to be, none of that stuff really seemed to matter much, so it hit the side burner. Now, that I feel like I'm moving in the right direction, I see it almost as motivation to make myself look less like a bum and more like I use to. I mean, making yourself look as good as you feel can only help right?
The past few weeks I've been plateauing and not losing to much, so this week I've changed my fitness/calorie range and I'm going to try a new workout DVD to switch things up a little. I'm hoping that's going to help more pounds drop off. I'm also looking into getting a total gym, my dad has one and the last time I went for a visit I used it for only a few minutes but I felt it days later! I also am going to start doing 'half goal rewards' to help keep me motivated. They are going to be much smaller rewards than the rewards I set for reaching an actual goal, but I find when I'm close to reaching an actual goal, I'm a lot more motivated.
Yesterday I hit my second goal, of 21 pounds and that felt awesome. The reward I was working towards was a new purse and let me tell you, I was soooo excited when the scale had moved! The week before I needed it to move just over 2 pounds and so I was working extra hard that week to make sure I'd hit it....well to my surprise (not a good surprise either) it only moved .4 pounds that week. I was so discouraged but I was determined to get a new purse! This past week I only needed it to move just over a pound and a half and when it moved closer to 2 pounds lost this week I was beyond excited! I had planned to stay home and do stuff around the house all day but that changed quickly after I met that goal! I went out right away and got my new purse! I can't wait to go back to work Tuesday and show it off! (well ok I guess I can wait for the work part but I do want to show it off!)
I'm so happy with the results I've gotten so far and I just can't wait to see where I'm going to be in a few months.