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