I am now down to 191! So great just 2 more #’s and I’ll be in the 180’s. My Friend Susan told me at work today that I looked great the way I was and didn’t have to lose anymore weight. I was beaming :) Of course I know what my goal weight is so I’d definetly like to lose some more. My size 14 pants are getting a little lose around the waist. I used to pull them out of the dryer and they’d be a bit snug and I’d have to stretch them out a bit. Now the fit fine out of the dryer AND by the end of the workday I’m tugging them up! What a great feeling. Little things like this are what motivates me to keep going! I have NEVER in my life fit into a size 12 so that’s what I’m working towards now. I”m not sure if my goal weight of 185 will get me to that size but we shall see. As I’ve said before I might lower my goal weight by 10 more lbs, but for right now 185 is my goal.
I’d like to buy some toning cords out of my paycheck this week. I found some greating toning exercises for the arms and legs in a magazine and can’t wait to try them. I know I can’t tone “skin” but I feel if I could build the muscle underneath it would all around improve the appearance of my saggy arms. I also have a sag between my legs and would like to try some exercises to improve that.
I haven’t given up hope on my belly but my expectations are low knowing there is only so much you can do to tighten those areas. Currently most of my excess fat is stored there (yeah I know that’s bad) but I know if I keep dropping weight it’s about the only place I could continue to lose—other than my boobs!!! Oh god I hope I don’t lose them!!!! That would be horrifying!
I am now down to 193! I really think upping my exercising is helping boost my weight loss and get me out of that darn plateau that’s been plauging me for the past couple of months. I walked 35 min today and rode my bike for 45 min! Whew my legs didn’t hurt from riding my bike but my upper body was straining. I didn’t realize how much it takes out of you to balance a bike. It feels so good to work out some new muscles. Who knows maybe I’ll develop some muscle tone in my arms!!!!
I ate more carbs today than I should have–due in part to that fact that I thought my protein bars were at work and here I was out, so I ate snack crackers instead and they are just loaded with fat and carbs!:( I still have my supper to eat tough and I plan on eating chicken and zucchini and will eat no more carb rich foods for the night, so I think it’ll all balance out in the end. In the meantime, I’m sitting down to a nice cool water, I think I deserve it after that bike ride!
Update: Did another 45 min bike ride with my son. Wow, is my a** sore! I feel great though for doing it.
I’m at 193 lbs now!!! I really uped my exercising yesterday. Got up early and walked by myself, then walked with my son while he rode his bike, then I walked with him a second time while he rode his bike, and then last night around 10 PM ET he wanted to take a night walk! What’s great is I didn’t kill myself. Each time we walked it was more like I made a choice. Instead of sitting in front of the TV I went out for a stroll instead. Instead of my son playing video games he rode his bike.
I noticed something today that put a little smile on my face. Well, I got that squishy belly thing that drives me nuts! I stand up it hangs forward (ugh!) I lay down it spread out, and if I turn from side to side it promtly falls here and there. I noticed this morning when I got up my gut was hanging to the side but it looked less like “molten lava” hanging from my mid section and more like one of those 16th century paintings where woman had softly rounded belly. Now don’t get me wrong, it definetly still hangs, and I’m not ready to pose for any portraits anytime soon but I can see a definite improvement.
I have plans to exercise more today and will post later!!!
I took my son riding on his bike around the neighborhood. We were out for about an hour. I couldn’t ride my bike as the tire was very low on my bike but I walked beside him. He’s just learing to ride a bike so I spent a lot of time bent over helping him steer and giving him “boosts” up the hill. I also had to carry his bike up our huge hill and bake down it when we were done. I think I definetly got a workout! I’m going to see if my neighbor can put some air in my tires so tomorrow I can get up early and ride tomorrow. I like to go when it’s super early so the sun isn’t so darn hot! We had a great time, can’t wait to take him again.
Well I’m actually up early every morning but today I got up early, walked for 28 min and enjoyed a soyburger for breakfast–Yum! I walked in a new area today and I liked the fact that it’s on a small grade, so I could feel that slight incline and it made me feel good that I took my walking up a notch (even if it’s just a small notch!) I also used my exercise ball for 10 min last night. Not breaking any records here but every little bit helps!
I seem to be getting back in my grove. Once I got under 200#s I swear it’s like I had to take a break. I still ate good and got in my minimum of exercising but I stopped pushing myself to the next level. I really don’t think that’s a bad thing, just needed a break and I felt like my body needed time to adjust.
I keep visiting the 3FC site and am amazed to see people who are similar height and weight to me and I think to myself “Wow, they look great!” Then I think, “Do I look like that?” I think we always magnify our own flaws and have a hard time looking at ourselves and saying that we actually look OK. I Don’t want to become conceited I just think I need to look at myself in a more positive light and not focus on my flaws, I need to focus on what’s nice about me…like my newly discovered collarbone, my high cheekbones that are finally showing through, etc….I also have to focus on the fact that a year ago I was fighting to get into 22/24 pants and now I’m in size 14. I’m starting to take more care with the way I look trying to dress nicer and be more feminine. I used to live in jeans and tennis shoes, and yes they are still a staple, but now I have some summer tanks, sandles, dressy tops, and dressy shorts in my wardrobe.
I’m making baby steps here but each one takes me closer to my goal.
I have never been comfortable in anything that exposes my arms because of my bat wings. I picked up a few tank tops on a whim and put them on the other day. Now, I’m still not super happy with my arms but I realized that they don’t look that bad! On a very positive note I think my collarbone looks quite nice and I actually think those bones detract from my arms! Now I’m not ready to go out in public yet but I’ve been wearing my tanks inside the house (never did that before) and even ventured outside and talked to my neighbors. Honest to goodness I wasn’t struck dead! No one laughed or pointed! I’m super excited about making this plunge and just makes me feel so good and confident in what I’m doing!
I just got done walking around the neighborhood. Seriously I had been laying on the couch in this heat contemplating taking a nap when I got serious and decided to take a stroll. I walked for 20 min. It’s not a huge milestone but sure beat sleeping! Sometimes I get bummed because I’d like to go to the gym or do a “real” exercise then I realize the whole world is out there and walking is a “real” exercise! 20 min in the heat is nothing to sneeze at and I’m proud that I pushed myself to do it!
I’m now at 194 lbs. It’s all going pretty slow now but that’s OK as long as the #’s go down. I do need to up my game a bit. I’m not slacking on exercise but I could be doing more. I think I’ll start walking at my local track again on my off days to step it up a bit. I am proud to say I just got done doing 20 min of exercise on my exercise ball.
My weight loss has been good I’m just disgusted with the glob of fat and skin haning from my belly. My arms are flabby too. I need to work on toning. I’ve been really stalled on that though. It’s like I hit these plateaus where I don’t want to introduce anything new until I’m good and ready. I did take some pics of me trying on clothes at Target and I purposely chose skimpier clothes. Part of me was happy that I could wear them and look half decent then the other part of me so my flabby arms and belly and it was a wake up call, so I’m positive I’ll take this all in the right direction.
I’m also happy to report that my size 14 pants are getting a bit looser. Now they are not falling off of me by any means but I have a bit more room in them than I used to so that’s super duper great!!!! I know I can keep working on this and get to where I need to be.
My goal is still 185 so I’ll only 9 #s away from that. I can’t lose sight of that. Once I hit that goal I MIGHT set another goal of getting down to 175. Right now I”m barely under 200 so I would like to drop down a bit more.
My computer was down for a couple of moths so I wasn’t able to do my Fitday or keep my blog up here. Well, I don’t know what happened but suddenly I was picking all the time and totally convinced I wasn’t eating very much. Talk about being in denial! Some very bad things I was doing….well one was increasing my carbs. I was generally eating open faced low carb sandwiches and substituting ground cauliflower for my rice and potatoes. Well suddenly I was eating full sandwiches. I kept thinking that since the bread was low carb I was keeping my carb intake down (big mistake). Each serving of bread I was eating was 100 calories, so by eating the entire servings I seriously increased my carbs and zapped my energy. The second thing I did was not exercising like I should. Yep I never stopped walking but I suddenly wasn’t getting up early to do it anymore PLUS I stopped bouncing on my exercise ball. Talk about a Catch 22. I was eating too many carbs which was increasing my total caloric intake + it made me tired so I couldn’t exercise. Talk about a double wammy….eating more and exercising less! No wonder it’s so easy to fall off the wagon and put all the weight back on.
For the past few days I’ve gone back to my open faced sandwiches and as I’m gaining more energy (due to limiting my carbs) I’m slowly adding more exercising back to my routine. Yeah!!!!!
One happy note though, we had to dress up for work today so I wore a striped blouse (stripes going up and down). It’s cute and cinched under the bustline which is great for me since my belly is big. I paired it with some black dressy short and a pair of sexy red shoes. I felt so confident and got so many compliment. I was on cloud 9!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hit the scale this mroning and am now down to 195. It’s been very slow going but as long as the #’s go down then I’m very happy! I am SO happy to report that I went toWalmart today to clothes shop. Well, let me say first that I didn’t realize my Walmart has sz 14 in the normal sized clothes. So here I was lurking in Plus Sized Women’s looking for a 14 to try and was getting so frustrated that I could find none. Then I realized there was not ONE 14 in the entire area, so I lurked over to regular Women’s and low and behold found my 14’s. Now I’ve been wavering between 16 and 18 depending on the brand, so this was a total experiment for me. At best I wanted a pair of jeans to fit over my hips, even if I couldn’t button them I would be perfectly happy. You can imagine my surprise when not only did they fit over my hips, but I could button them too, and BONUS they were comfortable! No too hideous looking muffin top!!!!! I also got a top on clearance on the regular Women’s side too! It was a size 14 and was a baby doll looking top that didn’t make me look pregnant. It also showed off my bony collarbone so double bonus for showcasing an area I love about myself!!!
LOL I was so intimidated walking over to that section. I was just waiting for the fashion police to jump out and say “You do not belong here!” No one did, so I guess this means the regular section is my new shopping home. I can’t say I’ll miss the plus sized section only because the few clothes that I did find that were flattering were normally sold out on my size, so maybe now I’ll have some more choices.
I hate to brag but I look SO much better wearing the right size. For anyone out there between sizes I feel for you because it sucks to go up one size and have those jeans be to bag but if you go down to the next size you’re squeezing yourself in them and feeling miserable. I feel like I was between a size 16 and 18 for so so long so it’s great to be down to one size. LOL, of course I want to lose more weight so I have many more in between sized to go!