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40 Pounds DOWN! (with pics)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Today is a little victory. I've been working at this since the end of June, and though there have been a few "bumps" along the road, here I am at 40 pounds down. I'm almost halfway to my ultimate goal of 100 pounds of weight loss. Huzzah!

Many things have gotten easier at this point: eating heathier is habit now, and our house is filled with good choices instead of bad temptations. I have learned how to eat out without breaking the calorie bank too badly (for the most part). And exercise has become fun and challenging; I have many options and have a good variety of things I do. I've even helped my coworker eat a little better and inspired them to make better choices!

Now for the pictures. Keep in mind that I was and am still morbidly obese, so even though I've lost 40 pounds I still have a loooooong way to go. I am still a long way from liking how my body looks, but at least I can see the difference this is making. It's nice to see the progression in the pictures, because sometimes when I look in the mirror all I still see is fat old me.

Front view: starting weight at left, 20 pounds lost in center, 40 pounds lost at right:


Side view: starting weight at left, 20 pounds lost in center, 40 pounds lost at right:


I do still have a long way to go. I think I will REALLY be able to start to see the differences once I reach 60 and 80 pounds down, as I get closer to being under 200 pounds again. But every pound I lose makes a difference. I feel lighter on my feet. There are times when I'm home alone that I turn some music on and dance, which I haven't done in a long long time. I can jump again without too much knee pain, it's easier to do stairs and other basic activites (well it was until I re-injured my right knee again, but that too is healing again), and I just have more energy and feel like I can do more when I'm up and about.

I've been hit and miss on tracking my food lately, which is mostly because I eat the same foods day in and day out for breakfast and lunch. It does take a lot of time, which I've been short on due to my job (teaching) this week. I'll try to be better this week so that I can be consistent and keep up with my success!

I've lost so much weight that I need to start thinking about getting some new clothes, as the clothes I have are too loose and unflattering. That's a good feeling :) I don't want to spend too much money on clothes, since I intend on continuing to go DOWN.

There was another nice coincidence this week - it was our second wedding annivesary. It just so happens that due to all of my hard work I am now at excatly the same weight I was when we got married two years ago. That's a good thing I suppose, I'm just sad that I let myself go and gained that 40 pounds. At least I'm doing something about it now! And I'm going to keep going!!!

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Me on my wedding day two years ago on St. John's:
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