100 lb. Club - Memory Time Capsule: To be Opened Week of October 5th




lunarsongbird
03-17-2013, 11:03 AM
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Hello Friends!

I want to take a snapshot of time this week. Spring is arriving and it is a period of new growth and beginnings. The earth is erupting in life and hope. There is so much potential in this season! And then we transition into summer. The days are long and the sunshine is bright. It's a lot easier to get outside and enjoy the days. Exercise can be abundant- as is fresh food from the farmers markets! These seasons are your time to shine! How much progress can you make during these two seasons? What will happen in your life?

I thought you might want to join in on the fun. I am going to re-earth this thread during the week of October 2nd. That is 30 weeks from now. Wow. So much can change in 30 weeks. You could potentially be over 50 pounds lighter. You could be running 5Ks! You could even complete a half marathon in that time. So many things could happen in your life in 30 weeks. Amazing to think about, right? Or you could find yourself in a position where life has drifted you back out into the currents- and maybe you will have stopped posting at 3FC. Sad to think about.

Where do you think you'll be in 30 weeks? Would you like to send your future self a message? Will you make a promise to yourself that you will still be here after Spring and Summer have passed?

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Here are some ideas on what to include in your memory snapshot:

Date:
Weight:
Fat Percentage:
Waist Size:
Before Picture:

Memory/Emotions/Moods from this week:
Something you are struggling with and hope to have overcome by October:
Goals to be Completed by October:

Dear Future Me,


lunarsongbird
03-17-2013, 11:22 AM
Date: 3/16/2013
Weight: 218
Fat Percentage: 45.1%
Waist Size: 35 inches
Before Picture:
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Today you walked your first REAL 5K. This was no fun run or charity walk. This was a serious race- for serious racers. No wonder you were anxious about it. You struggled quite a bit with some negative self talk the morning before the race as you prepared. You put some desitin on your inner thighs, because you had some chafing that hurt. Your knees hurt, because ironically you have runner's knee, despite not being a runner yet. You felt floated. And when you put on your race shirt- you thought to yourself, "Wow- it almost looks like you know what you're doing." You felt a little beaten down emotionally.

So no wonder when you stepped over that starting line you thought, "Oh my gosh. What if I'm the last person to finish this race? What if I am DEAD last?!" But then you thought- "Well...maybe I could be the first walker to finish." And that's exactly what you did. You passed a number of people. In fact- you passed everyone who you set out to pass. Including the young gals in tu-tus who tried to jog past you everytime you caught up to them. They didn't even end up finishing the race.

There was quite a distance between you and the next walker when you finished the race:
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You finished the race in 46 minutes. 15 minutes faster then when you tried on the treadmill 5 days earlier:
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Your name was nearly on the last page of race results, but a lot of walkers probably didn't wear their timing chips.

The race was pretty draining and you were pretty sore and took a nap later, but you were proud of yourself. Especially since this is only the beginning of many races.

Something you are struggling with and hope to have overcome by October: I'm currently trying to figure out my relationship with carbs. It seems like certain carbs just don't make me feel that great and don't react well with my body. I feel like I'm nesting into the two-teens, but not making much progress to get out. However- I feel like this is an important time for me, maybe I'm just testing out the waters of maintenance to make sure I'm not afraid of it. That this lifestyle really is something I can maintain. And I have to say- I'm pretty happy with my life right now. I'm ready to make a run for the next decade now.

Goals to be Completed by October: Everyday you are a better version of yourself.
I found this today and it reminded me of you/me/us:
http://manfonhealth.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/lifestyle-change.jpg

Home: I imagine that a lot of things are going to change in nearly 7 months! You will have combined finances with DH and are probably coming fairly close to being debt free! YAY! The kitchen will be cleaned every night before bed. You'll still be working with fly lady and cleaning the house in zones. And hopefully you had a fairly fruitful garden this year!

Heart: Meditation does a soul good! You've also been actively trying to speak DH's love language.

Health: I've come to the point that I don't like setting weight loss goals very much, but wouldn't it be wonderful if you were in the 170s by October? A setpoint your body used to seem to have liked 175. It would be good to be there again, but don't get too comfortable....You're going on a cruise in 2 months!! Wouldn't it be glorious to be in the 150s?! JUST OUTSTANDING! Keep moving forward!! And then of course- you have probably done a 5K every month! I bet you are jogging now!

Dear Future Me,
Isn't it amazing how much life can change in 30 weeks? Just think about it- even a baby can sustain life after just 30 weeks in the womb. An entirely new life can be created in 30 weeks. In addition, a habit is absolutely ingrained after just 66 days:
http://nutritionsuccess.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/how-to-form-a-habit-of-running1.png
So that means that you have probably added 3 new things into your life that are just normal now...they are just who you are. HOW EXCITING! I bet the house is clean almost all the time now. You are incredibly comfortable making healthy and seasonal meals everyday. And you are jogging. You jog three days a week with ease. You ARE a runner! Wow.

You are becoming such a role model for your future children. Remember the picture I took on the day of your first 5K? Of that strong beautiful little girl running in the children's run:
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I realized that day that I couldn't encourage my future children to have healthy and active lifestyles without having one myself. And now look at you! You are living that life. And have you subscribed to Runner's World?! You're on your way to becoming an athlete. Wow. I am so proud of you. You'll be one of those women jogging while they're pregnant. I foresee a subscription of Fit Pregnancy in your not so distant future!

You are doing such an excellent job!

thnknthin1
03-17-2013, 06:04 PM
What a great idea Lunar! Congratulations on the 5K walk! I would love to do one sometime. It's one of my goals.
I really don't have inspiring pics of myself to post....except maybe my progress photos. I may have to come back and edit this post to add items or pics.

Date: 3-17-13
CW: 197.8
Fat%:

Goal by October: Did you compete in the 5K mud run that your SIL has been asking you to sign up for but haven't because earlier this year you were afraid you wouldn't be in shape by September? I'm hoping by this point you are now officially a runner. We started the C25K back in January and got sidelined by a foot injury but you pushed your way thru and manage to walk/jog/walk. February was a very difficult month, it was a complete stall. Mid-March the scale is finally budging. Taking your 7 mile walks with DH are becoming easier. I hope you are now doing that 10 mile loop you have always mentioned of doing. I also hope you attended more family events this past summer and went to the annual fest here in town, you know the one we always avoided so as not to run into people we know embarrassed by our weight. Add school events to that list also.
I imagine you are close to your goal weight by now and feeling better about yourself mentally and physically.
Do you have a new job yet? Are you more organized? Are you setting good examples for your children and husband?


Novus
03-17-2013, 08:25 PM
This is the niftiest thing ever! :D

Date: 3/17/13
Weight: 205.8 (on 3/15/13)
BMI: 33.1%
Measurements
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Sizes (on 3/1/13)
Pants: 16 (loose) or 14 (snug)
Shirts: 1X or XL
Bra: 36FF
Panties: 6

Dear Future Self:
I bet you're at goal weight by now! Hooray! Is it fabulous?
Did you run (at least) two races this summer? Did you push yourself to do a 10K?
Did you get that tattoo you promised yourself? How about that crazy haircut?
And how are you doing with those non-weight-loss New Year's resolutions?
I can't wait to meet you...I bet you're gorgeous and amazing! :hug:

rodeogirl
03-17-2013, 08:39 PM
Date: 3/17/13
Weight: 308.8

Dear future self -

Well if you're reading this at least you didn't quit 3FC and hopefully you've stayed on plan throughout the summer even with family visiting from Europe and the temptation to eat out a lot. How much do you weigh? Are you closing in on 250?

Are your Seahawks season tickets amazing? How much more are you enjoying the games without being squished into the seats and feeling bad for your neighbors. Stop eating so much junk food at the games! Are you trying to undo everything we did? If you already had garlic fries then you're done. Once a season is plenty.

Are you exercising? How's that going? Have you been able to shop at Old Navy? Ridden a horse again yet? Go hiking this summer?

How was salmon fishing? Did you get a big one? Good omega 3's in those Chinooks.

Alright well stick with it! Even if you've completely gone off plan, today is the day to start all over. If you've stayed on plan and will hit 240 by the end of 2013 you can start planning a cruise for summer 2014! Won't that be fun!!

Mozzy
03-17-2013, 09:56 PM
Date: 3/17
Weight: 199.5-203.5lbs
I hit onederland for my bday, but I'm retaining water something fierce.
Fat %: according to the calculator, 42%

Goals/thoughts:

By October I hope to be comfortably under 175 lbs and on my way to getting pregnant. I would like to grow my hair out. I would like to start weight training. By October, I hope you have started couch25k.

lunarsongbird
03-18-2013, 09:00 AM
http://www.dennisselisseth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Never-give-up-on-a-dream.jpg

Who else is going to make the commitment to be here in 30 weeks?

opheliaphoenix
03-18-2013, 03:26 PM
I love this idea, but I will come back when I have more time to fill this out with proper thought and consideration!

amandie
03-18-2013, 03:51 PM
I love this idea, but I will come back when I have more time to fill this out with proper thought and consideration!

Same here, I saw this last night and would like to think a bit more on it on what I want to say to my future self. :)

amandie
03-18-2013, 04:13 PM
Date: 3/18
Weight: 169

Dear Future Self,

Hopefully you have hit over 20% lost by this time even through the summer! Oh so close to goal!!! That means you're gonna get a tattoo realllllly soon!! Are you still working out? Hopefully by now, you will have completed the C25K program. Is shopping for clothes more fun now? Oh yea, were you able to fit in the smaller pants I bought a while ago? I hope you are enrolled in school at this time and working your butt off.

Even if you are not near goal, don't fret. You CAN get there! I believe in YOU.

SarahFairhope
03-18-2013, 07:22 PM
Date: 3/18/13
Weight: 212
Lean/Fat Mass: 120/92
Waist Size: 39.5
Memory/Emotions/Moods from this week: This is the week you're mom came for a visit. Its been 6 weeks of a weight loss stall. Man, its sucked. But things are looking up, and I'm sure you've shaken this off and moved on. Most importantly, this week, you learned to appreciate the amazing work you've already done -- 45lbs!! -- instead of getting caught up at a minor pacing issue.
Something you are struggling with and hope to have overcome by October: I hope by now you are at least somewhat settled into a new hometown and have found a good balance between your beautiful precious little fellas, healthy eating, working out and career pursuits. Thats one **** of a task list, so, don't get too upset if you don't have it all done. I'm not sure anyone every feels all of that is in balance, but I've got a lot of trust and faith that you will have made some amazing strides.
Goals to be Completed by October:
-- To weigh less than 180lbs
-- To have incorporated 90 mins of moderate/vigorous exercise per week, as default.
-- To have found new and excited ways to enjoy life.
-- To have incorporated relaxation and self care as a priority.
-- To have saved my two children from the Goblin King and dancing a mighty jig in a ballin' puffy sleeved dress.
-- To have comforted someone, letting them know that their weight, BMI, size, or measurements do not have any impact on who they are or their value to humanity. That wanting something more, does not mean devaluing the "right now."

Dear Future Me,

I know you are a bad*ss, so I know I do not need to motivate you to get to your goal. BUT! I want you to remember one thing:
44250
I'll be waiting for you on the flip side.
Much love.

NorthernChick13
03-21-2013, 02:19 PM
Dear Future Me,

Hey sexy! This is March 21, 2013 Sarah talking. Between you and I, I think Iím still hungover from St. Paddyís Day! Good News though! I weigh 189.7 as of this morning! Yes for a new carrot man and a new decade! Thatís a 20.3 lb loss since NEW YEARíS DAY! In short, we are amazing!

So, October, huh? How was your summer? Iíll bet you LOVED wearing those board shorts again! It was, what, 152 lbs when we last fit into them? Iíll bet you reached your goal of 160 before going home to that huge family and friends reunion this summer! 50 lbs since New Years? Damn- weíre amazing! The one benefit to being hidden up here in an Arctic community is that when you see your fam, itís been months and then they can REALLY see the difference!

And now, itís OCTBER?! What sexy Halloween costume did you order? I hope itís something entirely tasteless and inappropriate!! You should be close to reaching that 130 lb mark! Fair enough, 151= unchartered territory and 130 may not be your happy place, but thatís for you, future Sarah, to decide! Iíll be you are super close to posting in the goal sectionÖholy ****! Remember though- maintenance is the next step. One goal ends, and another begins!

How is the rest of your life going? HAS HUGO PROPOSED YET? Iíve got a feeling youíre gonna get engaged this summer, baby. Yeah!!!! Did you get to teach Grade 12 English this semester?! Did you go to the One Direction concert with your little cousin? How was camping with your friends? My god, Iíll bet you got tanned! Oh and did you finish your Reading Specialist and your ESL Part 2 course?! Iím sure you did, you smarty pants.

Well, just remember what your sexy tattoo says from your fave musical: NO DAY BUT TODAY! Youíre gonna have days where you retain water. Youíre gonna have days where the scale fluctuates because thatís just what happens, and omg donít get me started on period weight gain! But remember- you are on a journey and youíve done wonderfully so far. You are an inspiration to those around you, but most of all, to yourself. You can truly do anything. It will get harder as you get closer to goal, butÖ.dudeÖ.YOUíLL BE CLOSER TO GOAL!

So, rules for life: always weigh in, mentally, emotionally, and on the scale. Check in with yourself weekly to see what needs work, and then hopefully you never let one area of your life get too out of hand again. And, when in doubt, post to 3FC ;) Congrats, babe.

Face shot =210 lbs at Christmas 2012, Beach shot = 195 ish lbs in Florida, Early March 2013:

Garnet2727
03-21-2013, 02:54 PM
Date: March 21, 2013
Weight: 224.5
Fat Percentage: 44%
Waist Size: 45 inches
Pant Size: 18 to 20
Before Picture: I just took this picture on my webcam yesterday.

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Memory/Emotions/Moods from this week: I've oscillated between annoyed, hopeful and being on edge. I will be completing 6 weeks of physical therapy for my feet and ankles this week. I wish I could do more because I don't think I'm really done but the job is calling and I need to go back on travel status starting this Sunday. Speaking of job, that's where I'm hopeful. I had a job interview last week that went really well. I've got my fingers and toes crossed.


Something you are struggling with and hope to have overcome by October: I'm struggling a bit with my current job. It's really not at all fulfilling. And, I have to travel from Lansing, MI to Bismarck, ND quite often. The travel is both physically tiring and emotionally difficult. I'm also struggling a bit with the resurgence of anxiety symptoms including rumination.

Goals to be Completed by October: Weight wise, I would dearly love to be in Onderland with only 25 pounds more to go to get to my eventual goal. Jobwise, I'd just like to be in a more fulfilling job with minimal travel. Emotions wise, I'd like my peace and self-confidence back.

Dear Future Me,

Don't ever forget how far you've come and how much you've done. Hold your head high, keep your shoulders back and keep moving forward.

Keep Moving Forward
03-21-2013, 03:23 PM
Date: 3/21/13
Weight: 289.5
Waist Size: 47"
Before Picture:
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This is you on your 27th birthday
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This is you in Ireland, summer of 2011, before your stomach got so big & preggo-looking! This is about what you look like right now, give or take a few pounds.

Memory/Emotions/Moods from this week: Right now, though unemployed, you are loving life and feeling better than ever. Enjoying the weight loss process, feeling good about dietary changes, workout routines, being a farm girl, taking care of the animals, being with family, planting the herb garden, and looking forward to the future. You may not make it to church every weekend, but you still feel very close with God and enjoy His presence and love and grace. By October, I hope you will have stayed positive, and happy, and found a satisfying job and maybe a boyfriend, lol.

Something you are struggling with and hope to have overcome by October: Mostly, I just hope to have a counseling job and my own place, though still near to my family & farm, if not on the farm. I also hope to be more sociable, and more inclined to leave my comfort zone.

Goals to be Completed by October: Job, get out more, lose as much as weight as is reasonable/healthy. I would love to be able to say that I have finally, for once in my life, kept this weight loss going for more than a couple of months, and that I have actually changed my lifestyle and habits for the better. The main goal is to be healthier overall! Also: to be able to get on & off my horse without help!


Dear Future Me,
You are doing so well! I hope you have remembered to be patient, and to "just keep swimming" no matter what. The pay off may be a long ways down the road, but that doesn't mean it won't be worth it! I hope you are still maintaining healthy habits, and still loving life. (I also hope you have a boyfriend, or at least the prospect of one ;) ). Remember how great you feel right this moment, and how much more incredible you will feel when your goals have been met. You're doing it! If you've kept it up, you're now at the lowest weight you've been in like seven years! You deserve a carrot! :carrot: And broccoli! :broc: And this guy! :encore:

opheliaphoenix
03-21-2013, 07:49 PM
Date: March 21st, 2013.
Weight: 263.0 lbs.
Fat Percentage: 52.3%
Waist Size: 41"
Pants: 20/22.
Shirts: XL or XXL, depending on brand.

Current Before Pictures:

Face Shot, at 263 lbs:
http://i49.tinypic.com/1zg99fl.jpg

The Dreaded Body Shot, at 267 lbs:
http://i50.tinypic.com/2s17x51.jpg

Reality Check: Yeah...that body shot really hurt to post, but knowing that this isn't even you at your highest weight was a total wake-up call! All the before shots you've taken in preparation for your goal thread will be worth it when you reach your goal and can post your after shots next to them, I promise. (Also, don't lose your photos from when we were 282; they're around somewhere! As much as you hate them, don't delete them. You will need them.)

Memory/Emotions/Moods from this week: On a more positive note, this is the week you will be hitting 20 pounds back off! That might not seem like much, especially since you've lost so much before (and you have lost so much more since the time you wrote this!)...but, this is still amazing, because we both know how hard it is for you to start something back up after a failure. And, that didn't stop us this time. We're back, and we have already shed 1/5th of a hundred pounds! It's all in how you look at things. Remember that. You can look back on this time capsule and remember what it is like to be so determined not to let setbacks get you off your game again. This should come in handy, because I'm sure you still experience those annoying or frustrating setbacks occasionally, and we always will. It is the nature of life. Nothing to be upset or quit over!

Something you are struggling with and hope to have overcome by October: I hope that you have finally convinced yourself that you can be a runner. I will be starting on that for you very soon, don't worry. It will be hard and our body will have to get used to it, but I will get through and take care of that. All you have to do now is keep going. Don't let my sore legs and aching knees be in vain! Also, I hope you've figured out a way to not let other people in your life emotionally affect you in a way that hinders your goals or makes you feel like none of this is worth it. You and me have got to stick together...we're the only one that can make this happen. Don't do this just to prove something to them; we are doing this for us, too.

Goals to be Completed by October:
-- Be under 200 lbs for the first time in 10 years!
-- Start and complete the C25k program.
-- Run a mile without stopping.
-- Start incorporating strength training.
-- Be at least 50% raw.
-- Be at least 80% converted from veggie to vegan.
-- Learn what it means to never give up on yourself.
-- Restart your fertility appointments.
-- Regain ovulatory status and heal your body for a possible pregnancy.
-- Prepare yourself emotionally in case of officially declared infertility.
-- Love yourself, no matter what happens.


Dear Future Me,

All of that being said, I hope that - no matter what the scale says today - you have become a healthier person than I am right now as I write this. That you have given your very best and haven't given up on me. If you're reading this, I know you are here at 3FC, so that gives me hope that you are still going strong. I am so proud of you! Our bodies are capable of amazing things, and I bet you have discovered a few awesome things about our body already. I really wish I could look into the future and see you, because I know that would be the only motivation that I'd need right now. I know it doesn't feel like it now and it may not even feel like it as you are reading this in October, but I love you. Yeah, you heard me! We ARE worth it. I hope that you are reading this all with a smile, because you are looking back at me right now and thanking me for starting this journey way back here in March. No more looking at old posts wondering why you didn't just stick with it then. This is the "then" we will be wishing for if we don't keep going. So...hey. Why not just keep going this time and see what kind of wonderful things can happen? :)

If I could ask you five questions, they would be this:

1. How does it feel to be in "Onederland" again? It's been so long that I bet it feels amazing! Enjoy it fully, but don't you dare get complacent on me! I know you are tempted to be more casual about this journey now that you are getting so much happier with yourself, but remember that there is still a long road ahead of us. You (should be) over halfway there by now. Don't give up! :lifter:

2. What size jeans are you wearing now? Our body has fluctuated so much at different weights, that it would actually be hard to guess! Hmm, I'm going to say...a 16? Or, maybe even a snug 14 if you've already started strength training. Am I close?

3. Has anything changed with our marriage now that you're starting to feel more confident about yourself? I bet Ryan is really proud of you, even if he doesn't say it all the time. Remember that he's not always vocal with praise. He shows it more by action. Pay attention to the way he looks at you...I bet there is an even brighter sparkle in that eye of his already! Keep going! Haha. Make sure you wear a nice outfit that shows off your progress for your anniversary this month. ;)

4. What are you going to be for Halloween this year? I already know this will be more exciting for you now that you're over 80 lbs lighter than we were at the start of this journey. Maybe you should be Alice in "Onederland"....hahah. Oh, I know. But, I bet you're still as cheesy as I was, so I know you at least giggled at that.

5. Did you finally go back to college this semester? Don't forget about improving your mind while you are so busy kicking butt at improving your body. You are a whole person that deserves to strive for and achieve anything to which you set your mind. What are you so afraid of...being openly proud of yourself for something? Go ahead. BE PROUD. You are literally working your behind off. Let the rest of you shine, as well.

In Conclusion:
Give yourself a big ol' hug. No, really...right now. I will wait. Yeah, I know you feel silly...just do it, lol. Okay, you're hugging yourself now, right? Okay, good. That is me from the past hugging you right now. I am thanking you for all the hard work you have done to get where you are today and for not giving up this time. Whenever you feel like like giving in, I hope you hear my voice in the back of your head cheering you on...and, of course, totally making you feel guilty after gushing about you like this, ha. All kidding aside though, keep your chin up. Times are tough, but you know what? So are we. :hug:

IAmTheGlue
03-21-2013, 10:04 PM
Great idea! I am totally doing this, I just need to collect my thoughts when a toddler is not jumping on my head. lol Be back to edit this section tomorrow! :)

lunarsongbird
03-21-2013, 11:36 PM
I made myself a dream board for this thread:
http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag6/lunarsongbird/Picture3_zpsa3403d09.png

Thinforme
03-23-2013, 09:42 PM
Dear Future Self:
Waist:41 in
Weight"233.8

Emotions This week your feeling amazing you are proud of yourself, can you believe it for once you are actually proud of your self.

Goals To be under 180 pounds, working out more and still posting on 3FC

I know you can do this, Doesn't it feel amazing? What size are your pant's now can you get into that 14 hiding in the closet? You've done all this now you can succed in doing all those other things you want to do. I hope your in school now and working somewhere you love. Remember you are so much stronger than you ever thought you were.

lunarsongbird
03-23-2013, 09:49 PM
That's a great question!
Future Me, What size ARE your pants now? And did you go to the amusement park this summer? Do you remember when you went a couple summers ago and had to get off a couple rides because you didn't fit? You also had to go through turnstiles sideways. Aren't you SO glad that you won't ever have to do that again?

And that you can go to an amusement park with your future children and ride any ride you choose?

You'll also be able to ride a mule down the Grand Canyon with your future children if you'd like! http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/mule_trips.htm
Can't do that today, but in October? You got it....7 years from now? Yup...you still got it.

wannaskipandlaugh
03-23-2013, 11:07 PM
Dear Future self. You are smiling now because you are looking at these numbers and realized that you will never see them again :)

Weight 3/23/13 - 280
Clothes size pants 2 or 3X Shirt 1-2X
Jobless :(
Best friend moving
Walking hard 4x's a week 2.5 miles

My emotions are very positive since I have started losing weight. Tho I am still afraid to go out in public with boat loads of people that I do not know. I hope I get over that feeling and am able to meet and greet new people with a confidence I used to have when I was young. I also wish that I can trust my heart and maybe be dating a nice man as it has been 20+ years since I have had a date. I hope that my parents love me and are finally proud of me. Most important... I have a job, a job that pays my bills and that I LIKE to go to everyday and does not make me lose hair anymore.

GOAL
My goal would be to weigh under 240, then I would only be 90lbs overweight. I would like to be walking at least 4 miles a day fast and 5-6 times a week and really enjoy it like I used to 20 years ago. I would like to wear heels again without my feet hurting. I would like to have heard 1 compliment from a stranger saying that I was looking good. Mostly.. I would like to have found at least 1 good friend to trust.

I love you future self!

April Snow
03-24-2013, 03:22 PM
It's hard for me to think about anything too specific right now but the biggest and most important thing is that 10/6 will be 9 months of working on me, on my weight, my fitness and my health.

I hope to be well into Onederland at that point, although I don't really expect to be at a final goal but maybe I'll at least have a better idea of what my final goal will be by then.

And my plan is to be chugging away, posting here every day, and working on a 2013 Resolutions Halloween Challenge! :)

Pink Hurricane
04-03-2013, 11:21 AM
Okay just saw this, I love this idea! I am going to come back later tonight and put in all my info and pics that I have at home. Thanks for doing this Lunar!

Pink Hurricane
04-03-2013, 10:35 PM
Okay, to my future self, 6 months from now!

I will post my stats from the weight and measurements that I was in the picture.

CW: 244
Hips: 52.5 in
Waist: 41 in
Chest: 45'39'in
R Thigh: 30.5in L Thigh: 30.5in
R Arm: 16in L Arm: 16in
Neck: 14in
R Calf: 18in L Calf: 18in
Wrist: 7 in

Dress/Pant size: 16-18

Emotions~ I am close to being halfway to my goal again, it is frustrating to see how close I was before and how quickly I ended up back tracking. Now that I know stress is my main trigger, throughout my adult life to put back on the weight, I now know how to handle it. I feel like with this enlightenment about myself, I can truly succeed this time.

Goals~ By October 5, 2013 I would like to be at least back in my size 14s and in Onederland. I also will most likely be in a new, less stressful job which in turn will help with my overall mental and physical health. My husband and I are taking our honeymoon later this year, most likely after October, so I would like to be as healthy as possible before we go, and continue that healthy lifestyle afterward! I also will have completed at least one round of Insanity and eventually another full round of P90X, along with completing my first 5 and 10K!

Dear Future Me~
No matter what is going on, you always have control of how you want to feel each day. You decide if you are going to stay OP or not. Every day is not going to be perfect, but you have more control over your actions that you give yourself credit for. If you slip, pick yourself back up. I want to see you in October out of the 200s and getting rid of the mental garbage that has plagued you for entirely too long. You've done this before, almost reached your goal, in a much harder and difficult environment. There is absolutely no reason you cannot make this happen now. Constantly fight, each and every day, for your health. Remember what it felt like to be your heaviest, and to be almost half way and still feeling just 'blah' and not very proud of your weight loss effort. You can do this, you WILL do this. I want to see you make those changes, and keep a healthy lifestyle for you and your husband, and then eventually for the family you will make with each other. Remember, take this a day at a time, even as you get closer to goal, don't get comfortable and give up. This is a LIFESTYLE change, this is for life. Not a quick fix, make it happen, no more excuses.

Pics at 244 lbs, March 2013

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AwShucks
04-05-2013, 01:47 AM
Date: April 4, 2013
Weight:218
Fat Percentage:
Waist Size:
Before Picture: coming soon
Pants & Dress Size: 16, some 18s

Memory/Emotions/Moods from this week: This week has been emotional. You've been the same weight for a long time... since the first of the year, and not a big change from November. The last time you lost weight, this is about where you landed at your lowest weight, before bouncing back upward. Why? Are you destined to be in the 2teens? What a thrill it would be to be stuck in the 190's -- at least that's less than 200! You're trying to get back on track and keep the scale moving down. It helps to have structure in the day. Keep that in mind.
Today you saw photos of that author, Stephanie Meyer online. She's had an amazing weight loss transformation. Such a pretty woman! That could be you. You've already changed so much, but you don't see it. People see you differently now, and you need to see it yourself. Lighten up, already! And, have more fun with fashion, accessories, etc. Did you go through with the haircut?

Something you are struggling with and hope to have overcome by October:
I really hope you've broken through that 200 lb barrier and are safely on the other side. I'm not expecting miracles, but you could easily lose 18 lbs in 6 months. Keep at it! And, I hope you had a great summer wearing sleeveless shirts and dresses. See, weren't all those arm exercises worth it?

Goals to be Completed by October:
I hope you're continuing to work out with TRX and Zumba, and that you reach your goal of doing planks on your hands and toes, instead of elbows and knees. Did you purchase those yoga pants that you wanted - the ones that were much too tight on your thighs, but would probably fit well, now? And, did you take a vacation? A REAL vacation -- no family around, no agenda -- something you planned just for YOU. And, how's that new job? I hope you're enjoying it and your new home. The sky's the limit for you!

merilung
04-05-2013, 01:34 PM
Date: April 5th, 2013
Weight: 248.2
Waist Size: 45"

Memory/Emotions/Moods from this week: You've really been struggling this week - and it's showing on the scale. Your weight loss chart from the last month looks like this:
http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q580/merilung/Screenshot2013-04-05at120216PM.png
There are lots of ups and downs but not a lot of progress. This is normally the time that you give up and quit, but you're still logging into 3FC and My Fitness Pal, even though it's ceased to be fun for the moment and just feels like another chore. You like to think that you're currently doing the mental work of learning how to get going when the going gets tough, even though you don't really know what that work is! I hope future-you, reading this now, has better perspective on it.

You asked your husband if you could make a team effort to not eat out for the rest of April - you've tried this before without success, so did you two make it work this time? I bet if you did, you saw a big improvement on the scale!

You've lost around 30 pounds right now, and much more by the time that you'll be reading this! You know from past experiences that 50 pounds and under seems like a drop in the hat to you - that you view 50 pounds the same way normal folks view 5 pounds - so I hope you've lost enough to feel like you've accomplished something! And I hope you've been working on developing a more realistic view of how much weight 50 pounds really is!

Something you are struggling with and hope to have overcome by October: You're still struggling emotionally with how out of shape you got after you broke your sternum last spring. It seems so daunting to start over from square one, struggling to go on a five mile walk. You're planning to start the Zombies, Run! 5K training app and start running with Jordan to train for the Color Run in the fall - did you do it? Are you a runner now? I hope you can look back at this time and feel proud of how much you've accomplished.

You're also just plain struggling with diet fatigue - it's so much easier to eat whatever you want whenever you want than it is to weigh all your portions! But overcoming this struggle was worth it, right?

Goals to be Completed by October:
- be well under 200 pounds! I'm guessing you're around 188 now - am I close?
- run a 5k!
- be closer to a decision on how you and Jordan would like to build your family - have you started up acupuncture again, or are you knee-deep in adoption paperwork? Jordan's second varicocele repair is coming up in November, so I have no doubt you're both discussing this at length!
- focus on health and healing your body. You were supposed to quit smoking before June - did you do it?

Dear Future Me,
I do love you even though I don't always show it, and I'm willing to put the work in now to make things easier for you way out there in October. You're going to have to forgive the times that I'm struggling and slipping up - I'm still pretty new at following through with commitments, but I'm trying. I hope that you're proud of all the work we've done and that you're on the right track to get to where we want to be! I hope that you and Jordan have had some amazing planning sessions where you got the chance to really hash out what the next step is in your long, long family building journey - you guys are going to be great parents. You're worth all the work I'm doing now - you and Jordan and your future family, you're all worth it.


http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q580/merilung/Screenshot2013-04-06at122502AM.png
here's what you looked like today after your run!

wannaskipandlaugh
04-14-2013, 11:16 PM
bump

lunarsongbird
04-15-2013, 09:54 AM
Sweeeet....I'm already 8 pounds lighter then I was last month during this time! You go future me! You go!! Hey- and you're buying new athletic shoes tomorrow! Lucky you!! And your next race is in two weeks! You're rocking it! Woohoo!

I've also combined finances with Andrew and taken care of my credit card debt. Yahooo! Awesome sauce!

the shiv
04-15-2013, 10:35 PM
I love this, thanks lunarsongbird for the idea! I can't wait to see what happens in the next 6 months... It's nice to remember where I'm at personally, not just about the number on the scale. Hoping for a happy summer! :)

Date: 15th April 2013
Weight: 192
Fat Percentage: god knows, 40%+?!
Waist Size: 38
Before Picture:

http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b540/skinnyshiv/9A6CB6B0-8DBA-48F8-880A-1814A1D11E70-2993-00000560D4127B33_zpsdf4a8942.jpg

Memory/Emotions/Moods from this week: I'm just coming out of a longer than usual depression, nearly 2 months if I remember correctly. Starting to feel ok about life again :) Just finished 4 hefty shifts at work! I'm sure I'll remember that weekend for quite some time. I went out in the rain today and it was warm and refreshing rather than pelting down with rocks of ice. Perhaps it really is spring! I'm frustrated at my weight loss "stall". I'm debating over how much of this is because I've been busy, and how much of it is self-sabotage. I really do love IE, and I know it works for me. I'm not on a diet, but I can lose weight, and I love that. But I have a mental block at 20lbs as that's usually what I lose before I stop. I know I've been eating when I'm not hungry. The good news is I'm maintaining while doing that, so if I can get my head round restarting, mentally, then I can only expect to start losing again. I've been thinking about my goal weight. Ultimate goal weight is 112lbs, but I think by setting my goal at the lowest end of the range I'd be happy in, I'm putting too much pressure on myself. I've added 50lbs to it today. Which now means I'm 40% of my way towards goal, rather than 20%! In 10lb increments, for me, 192 is too big. 182 is fat. 172 is a bit chunky. 162 is a little overweight. 152 is not fat. 142 is awesome but a bit restrictive, clothing-wise, 132 is light, 122 is small, and 112 is what I was the last time I was small & fit. I want to get to 162 as then I'll see a drastic difference. Then I'll keep adjusting my goal in 10lb increments until I'm happy with where I am, and start maintenance there :)

Something you are struggling with and hope to have overcome by October: I would like to have somewhere to live :) Failing that, I want to have been on the pill for a few months. The final step in making my great childfree life with my wonderful man a permanent reality, and getting rid of periods so bad they've put me in hospital. It could take me a while to settle down with it, and as I'm starting uni in October, the last thing I need is screwy periods disrupting my life again. And, I want either more hours at work, or a second job. I want to get stable financially and move on with my life. It's been a really hard few years and I'm eager to put this phase behind me, and understand that it's ok to be happy, even if it will take some practice.

Goals to be Completed by October: Just... Live :)

Dear Future Me,

I hope you're enjoying the new Final Fantasy, and that you're disciplined enough to get stuck into your studies as well! This time uni will work, for the same reason this way of eating will work. You're doing it slowly, carefully, honestly and for the right reasons. You might go on to be a game programmer. You might not. Either way, you won't be stuck in miserable admin jobs for all eternity. You've chosen well - doing a course that suits your methodical, analytical, introverted nature. You know this is a lifestyle change, because you're learning new ways of eating, working, thinking, relating... everything! I'm proud of you for that. I know you'll stick with it because for you, now, IE isn't a diet with an end date, it's just you learning how to live like the person you want to be, the person you know you always were. Life doesn't need to be like it was in your 20s. You don't need to be depressed all the time. Keep going with the CBT, it's slow, but it's working. Just like your weight loss is. Just like your uni course will be. But that's ok :) You know who you are now, what you do and don't want out of life. Turns out you're not that bothered by the big corporate job, but you want to see the world more than you ever realised before. You don't need to make yourself more outgoing, just find an environment you can thrive in. Just keep living in accordance with your values, and you'll be fine. I'm proud of how far you've come, and please remember it's ok for you to succeed! You don't need people to pity you for how bad things are, learn to let them just appreciate you for the person you really are, because they do. You don't need to hide behind anything... You've chosen the people in your life well, and they don't need you to change. Just keep moving towards the things you really want, one step at a time, and remember - you're still completely bada** :D

lunarsongbird
04-16-2013, 10:14 AM
Hey! Who is that sexy lady?! It's the Shiv! You have a real nice shape! I look forward to seeing what it looks like in 6 months!

the shiv
04-16-2013, 10:36 AM
Lunarsongbird... :hug:

Thanks! I can't either... I'm hoping the front bit will be the first to go :D

Thinforme
04-24-2013, 10:13 AM
Bumping this for anyone intrested in joining :)

pnkrckpixikat
04-24-2013, 11:46 AM
Date: April 24th
Weight: 245.2
Jeans Size: Loose 18/Tight 16

Memory/Emotions/Moods from this week: Hope about getting back on track, anger/frustration/depression for falling off track for 6 months and regaining almost 50lbs
Something you are struggling with and hope to have overcome by October: getting and staying on track
Goals to be Completed by October: Onederland would be awesome...

Dear Future Me, Wherever you are at it is OK. Try try try to stay on track in the coming months. You know that this time of year is the hardest with the anniversary, birthdays, and holidays. don't get sucked back down only to reemerge months later way up. You can do it!

zoesmom
10-02-2013, 12:24 PM
bump

How many of you see the difference?

Garnet2727
10-02-2013, 07:19 PM
Date: March 21, 2013
Weight: 224.5
Fat Percentage: 44%
Waist Size: 45 inches
Pant Size: 18 to 20
Before Picture: I just took this picture on my webcam yesterday.

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u32/Garnet2727/225_zpsf7194b73.jpg

Memory/Emotions/Moods from this week: I've oscillated between annoyed, hopeful and being on edge. I will be completing 6 weeks of physical therapy for my feet and ankles this week. I wish I could do more because I don't think I'm really done but the job is calling and I need to go back on travel status starting this Sunday. Speaking of job, that's where I'm hopeful. I had a job interview last week that went really well. I've got my fingers and toes crossed.


Something you are struggling with and hope to have overcome by October: I'm struggling a bit with my current job. It's really not at all fulfilling. And, I have to travel from Lansing, MI to Bismarck, ND quite often. The travel is both physically tiring and emotionally difficult. I'm also struggling a bit with the resurgence of anxiety symptoms including rumination.

Goals to be Completed by October: Weight wise, I would dearly love to be in Onderland with only 25 pounds more to go to get to my eventual goal. Jobwise, I'd just like to be in a more fulfilling job with minimal travel. Emotions wise, I'd like my peace and self-confidence back.

Dear Future Me,

Don't ever forget how far you've come and how much you've done. Hold your head high, keep your shoulders back and keep moving forward.

I'd forgotten all about this! Weight wise, I am exactly the same weight today as I was when I posted this. My weight loss effort has completely stalled. :(

On the upside, I got that job I wanted, I no longer have to travel for work and I am much happier emotionally. I'm still working on that peace and self-confidence thing. Without going into too much detail, my last two jobs really beat me up. Now, I'm in a much better place.

Here's a pic that was taken in August:

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u32/Garnet2727/KBProfessional_zpsf6ef6734.jpg (http://s164.photobucket.com/user/Garnet2727/media/KBProfessional_zpsf6ef6734.jpg.html)

wannaskipandlaugh
10-03-2013, 07:39 AM
Dear Future self. You are smiling now because you are looking at these numbers and realized that you will never see them again :)

Weight 3/23/13 - 280
Clothes size pants 2 or 3X Shirt 1-2X
Jobless :(
Best friend moving
Walking hard 4x's a week 2.5 miles

My emotions are very positive since I have started losing weight. Tho I am still afraid to go out in public with boat loads of people that I do not know. I hope I get over that feeling and am able to meet and greet new people with a confidence I used to have when I was young. I also wish that I can trust my heart and maybe be dating a nice man as it has been 20+ years since I have had a date. I hope that my parents love me and are finally proud of me. Most important... I have a job, a job that pays my bills and that I LIKE to go to everyday and does not make me lose hair anymore.

GOAL
My goal would be to weigh under 240, then I would only be 90lbs overweight. I would like to be walking at least 4 miles a day fast and 5-6 times a week and really enjoy it like I used to 20 years ago. I would like to wear heels again without my feet hurting. I would like to have heard 1 compliment from a stranger saying that I was looking good. Mostly.. I would like to have found at least 1 good friend to trust.

I love you future self!



10/3/13 I thank you Zoesmom for finding this and bumping it! :)

Weight - 252.2 (my old scale from back then 238) so I did what I had hoped! YAY!
Sizes: I bought and fit into a size LARGE top! so down to XL/1X and lower :) Bottom.. well still 1X-2X.. But all my elastic waisted shorts I have to take in the elastic. ALL my work clothes are TOO BIG :D
Job- I got on 4/1 and am still there.. Its not the PERFECT job and 1 person has a problem with me working so hard.. but its not as stressful as all my jobs in the past were... HOWEVER, I do not make enough money and need a 2nd job. $800 short on bills :(
Friend did not move.. still here.. but never hear from him unless I call or email sigh... I am not on his important list
I do walk tho 2.5 miles a day 3 x's a week.. so kept that.. But I have also been doing squats everyday!! :) Hooray!

I am happy that I made alot of what I had hoped. I am still lonely, but try and keep busy. I have met alot of online friends that are the best things in my life and keep me on the straight and funny narrow! :) I do not know how I would have gotten this far without them!

Next Valentines Day... I have even better desires!

Novus
10-03-2013, 09:15 PM
I am so glad we did this! I've been in a difficult place and really needed this reminder of how far I've come.

Since March 1st I've lost 39 pounds, from 209 to 170. I made my first big goal - 175 - on August 8th. (Obviously the scale hasn't been moving much in the last two months. :( )

BMI: from 33.1% to 27.4% (change 5.7%)

Sizes:
Pants: 16 to 10
Shirts: 1X to L
Bra: Not much change. Still wearing the same bras.
Panties: 6 to 5

Inches:
Waist: 39 to 32 (7 inches)
Stomach (above waist): 42 to 31 (11 inches)
Belly (below waist): 46 to 35 (11 inches)
Hips: 43 to 37 (6 inches)
Chest: 36 to 34 (2 inches)
Bust: 43 to 40 (3 inches)
Thigh: 22 to 18 (4 inches)
Calf: 15 to 13 (2 inches)
Bicep: 14 to 11 (3 inches)
Forearm: 10 to 9 (1 inch)

And photos:

http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb431/HerRoyalOrangeness/Losing%20It/f0d817ce-4802-4143-bc95-df7dd53ed2b2_zps445a2b75.jpg (http://s1205.photobucket.com/user/HerRoyalOrangeness/media/Losing%20It/f0d817ce-4802-4143-bc95-df7dd53ed2b2_zps445a2b75.jpg.html)

http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb431/HerRoyalOrangeness/Losing%20It/c37e138b-2588-4ccc-87e4-2676625e9413_zps17b571d4.jpg (http://s1205.photobucket.com/user/HerRoyalOrangeness/media/Losing%20It/c37e138b-2588-4ccc-87e4-2676625e9413_zps17b571d4.jpg.html)

Other stuffs:
Running. I only did one race this summer (Color Run 5K in June) and plan to run another 5K with the family on Thanksgiving. (Do you know how thrilled I am to be doing this with my family?!?) I haven't yet ventured into the craziness of 10Ks!
Haircut and tattoo: I did get the haircut. I didn't get the tat.
Other New Year's Resolutions. Not making as much progress as I wish I was, but I'm working on it!

lanabug
10-03-2013, 10:39 PM
I (regretfully) wasn't around to participate, but this thread makes me so happy! Anyone else willing to give some updates? I know this was more for personal reasons than sharing, but I'm sure I'm not alone when I say it's really inspiring and admirable <3

DrivenByAmbition
10-03-2013, 10:51 PM
Let me know when the next one starts!

Novus
10-04-2013, 07:42 PM
Are any of the original posters still around? I'd love to read more updates!

:broc:

amandie
10-05-2013, 10:51 AM
Date: 3/18
Weight: 169

Dear Future Self,

Hopefully you have hit over 20% lost by this time even through the summer! Oh so close to goal!!! That means you're gonna get a tattoo realllllly soon!! Are you still working out? Hopefully by now, you will have completed the C25K program. Is shopping for clothes more fun now? Oh yea, were you able to fit in the smaller pants I bought a while ago? I hope you are enrolled in school at this time and working your butt off.

Even if you are not near goal, don't fret. You CAN get there! I believe in YOU.

Well, hello!!! I've been reminded of this thread constantly every time I click on my subscription threads and resisted the urge to read what I wrote until this morning! Wow.

I managed to get down to 157 for like a hot minute, now I am hovering between 159-160. I did not hit 20% (144lbs) nor am I working out due to a knee issue. I am doing physical therapy though. I've had this time to think about what I really want in terms of my body and fitness... I will stop at 150lbs then focus on strength/weight training to shed fat and change my body. If I happen to lose some weight in the process then cool!

I do love clothes shopping right now (BADDDD!) and I was able to fit in the pants I bought back then and more. I was a 16 when I first wrote in this thread and I'm almost in a 10/12 (depending on the brand) now. I did get the tattoo I wanted about a month ago, love it!!!

I didn't get to go to school but now I am in the process of enrolling in Vatterott for hair and skin/nails so that's something!

Mozzy
10-05-2013, 11:33 AM
I failed miserably! I didn't meet any of my goals :(:(:(

merilung
10-05-2013, 11:59 AM
I've lost 22.5 pounds since I posted this, putting me at 226. Not even close to my goal of the 180's, but still a loss.
I didn't run a 5k but I did just buy a treadmill to really ramp up my running!
I did quit smoking but on July 1st, not before June.

I have updated progress pictures in this thread (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/mini-goal-photo-album/288289-progress-pics.html) that show the difference between April and now.

Novus
10-06-2013, 12:08 PM
I failed miserably! I didn't meet any of my goals :(:(:(

BUT you're still here and you're still fighting! You go girl! You got this! :hug:

Novus
10-06-2013, 12:10 PM
I have updated progress pictures in this thread (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/mini-goal-photo-album/288289-progress-pics.html) that show the difference between April and now.

Thanks for sharing that link. You look amazing!

opheliaphoenix
10-09-2013, 01:17 PM
Wow, I had totally forgotten about this thread. Unfortunately, I'm nowhere near where I'd wanted to be either. I struggled a lot this summer, and I gained a good chunk of my weight back, but I finally came back last month and started slowly losing it again. Then, last week, I stalled out for several days in a row, and it knocked me off the wagon all too easily. I'm back in the 235-237 range where I was near the end of May this year. Thankfully, I came back today to try to jump back on before it got too out of hand and hold on for dear life...then, I saw this thread. I'm so glad someone was here to open it up!

"You can look back on this time capsule and remember what it is like to be so determined not to let setbacks get you off your game again. This should come in handy, because I'm sure you still experience those annoying or frustrating setbacks occasionally, and we always will. It is the nature of life. Nothing to be upset or quit over!"

I think this little passage from my past self is pretty much exactly what I needed to hear today. I really need to recommit myself fully to what I'm doing here. I realized I have let my past self down by not reaching any of my goals, except for one - which is to finally start seeing an endocrinologist again for my fertility issues - but, I'm hoping this will all start getting my head back in the game even more. Getting my body fit and healthy for having a baby was one of my original motivators for getting started on this journey in any real way before, and I made great progress with that in mind, so maybe if I set my mind to that again, that old fire will come back to me. I'd given up on it for awhile out of depression and disappointment, but I think it's time to refocus on my dreams. I also have to keep in perspective what progress I have made, even if it's not as much as I'd hoped. I have still lost and managed to keep off 26 lbs since I posted my time capsule and 30 lbs since my capsule body shot, so at least that is something. It's not a huge difference, but here is the comparison from then to today:

http://i39.tinypic.com/2cp2s6q.jpg

Here's hoping I can get myself back on track in a more consistent way and really show my past self what we can do! :crossed:

Dreamer2012
10-09-2013, 01:28 PM
I wish I saw this back in March. If there is another one going to start, I'll be up for it :) It's great to here the updates. For those who are sad that you haven't made any changes since, I think it shows a lot that you are still around and trying! We'll all reach goal at some point. Keep on going!

time4me2change
10-09-2013, 01:38 PM
I wish I saw this back in March. If there is another one going to start, I'll be up for it :) It's great to here the updates. For those who are sad that you haven't made any changes since, I think it shows a lot that you are still around and trying! We'll all reach goal at some point. Keep on going!

I wish I had been here back then...I too would join a thread doing this now!!!

love the idea!

zoesmom
10-09-2013, 06:00 PM
Here you go...new thread, new challenge :)

DEAR ME (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/chicks-up-challenge/288483-dear-me-do-not-open-before-march.html#post4858893)

Dreamer2012
10-09-2013, 08:01 PM
Here you go...new thread, new challenge :)

DEAR ME (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/chicks-up-challenge/288483-dear-me-do-not-open-before-march.html#post4858893)
:D Thank you!

AwShucks
10-09-2013, 09:55 PM
Date: April 4, 2013
Weight:218
Fat Percentage:
Waist Size:
Before Picture: coming soon
Pants & Dress Size: 16, some 18s

Memory/Emotions/Moods from this week: This week has been emotional. You've been the same weight for a long time... since the first of the year, and not a big change from November. The last time you lost weight, this is about where you landed at your lowest weight, before bouncing back upward. Why? Are you destined to be in the 2teens? What a thrill it would be to be stuck in the 190's -- at least that's less than 200! You're trying to get back on track and keep the scale moving down. It helps to have structure in the day. Keep that in mind.
Today you saw photos of that author, Stephanie Meyer online. She's had an amazing weight loss transformation. Such a pretty woman! That could be you. You've already changed so much, but you don't see it. People see you differently now, and you need to see it yourself. Lighten up, already! And, have more fun with fashion, accessories, etc. Did you go through with the haircut?

Something you are struggling with and hope to have overcome by October:
I really hope you've broken through that 200 lb barrier and are safely on the other side. I'm not expecting miracles, but you could easily lose 18 lbs in 6 months. Keep at it! And, I hope you had a great summer wearing sleeveless shirts and dresses. See, weren't all those arm exercises worth it?

Goals to be Completed by October:
I hope you're continuing to work out with TRX and Zumba, and that you reach your goal of doing planks on your hands and toes, instead of elbows and knees. Did you purchase those yoga pants that you wanted - the ones that were much too tight on your thighs, but would probably fit well, now? And, did you take a vacation? A REAL vacation -- no family around, no agenda -- something you planned just for YOU. And, how's that new job? I hope you're enjoying it and your new home. The sky's the limit for you!

I forgot all about this, too! I vaguely remembered posting here, and I'm so glad I did! So many things that I had forgotten I wanted for myself have come to be! Thirty weeks is a LONG time, and I'm still plugging away at this weight loss thing...despite being stuck at 213 all summer. Just recently, the scale has started to move again and I'm six pounds from Onederland. I really think my losses are emotionally tied. This past weekend, I took a trip just for me (one of my goals!) and had the best time! Maybe that's the secret!

I am continuing to work out -- Zumba and TRX, and now Barre classes, too. It's changing the shape of my body and I love it! I can also do the planks on my hands and toes, now -- even hanging from straps in the TRX rack! Amazing. Back in April, I would've never believed I could master those. And I bought a pair of yoga pants a couple of weeks ago. They're just a tad tight, and I think I'll wait another 5 lbs before I wear them out of the house, but they're swell.

I haven't found a new job, but I'm 95% done with getting some ducks in a row before I leave this one. That was an important hurdle to cross. Maybe I'll complete that goal in the next 6 months!

I still have trouble with seeing the change in my appearance. I'm working on it, though. I spend an unGodly amount of time in front of the mirror, now. I try on several outfits before I find one I'm happy with because everything fits differently and my body is constantly changing. I'm even photographing myself to see how I really look. And, no, I didn't cut my hair, but I'm considering leaving it long but adding layers.

This was such a good idea. I'd hug Lunarsongbird if she was here. :hug: In all of my time at 3 fat chicks, this one post has helped me see that persistence does pay off, and what we truly want in our hearts can come to be if we just keep trying! :)

lunarsongbird
10-12-2013, 09:27 AM
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-zbriAkbUssc/T2CsBKUxw7E/AAAAAAAAAEs/ivkfnY1RZ5M/s250-c-k-no/20120314

I'm late, I'm late- for a very important date! :) Hi Ladies!! I had a crazy busy week this week at work. However- I'm HERE!

Now to find my old post....What did you you write, past me?

Date: 10/12/2013
Weight: Less than 200 Pounds
I tucked the scale away after I hit ONEderland, as my focus became on a healthier lifestyle and not on the scale. I haven't eaten anything artificial in weeks and weeks. It feels free, liberating and right for me. However, this doesn't mean that I have given up on my weight loss- it's simply a by-product.

On Saturday, I started a new program with my chiropractor called the Innate Lifestyle Program, which focuses on eating well, moving well, and thinking well. It addresses every aspect of wellness and my chiropractor is going to serve as a one-on-one health coach and also includes three very crucial supplements (probiotics, vitamin D, and essential fatty oils). We did our first health risk assessment this week (it included a mile walk, push-ups, planking, and squats, along with a pretty extensive survey).
https://www.eatwellmovewellthinkwell.com/innate_lifestyle_program.cfm
http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag6/lunarsongbird/phpD2cfKjAM_zps921bc653.jpg

Last Saturday, I also walked my last walk of the Grand Prix series of running. It was AWESOME.
http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag6/lunarsongbird/phpM9v2RzAM_zps8e520895.jpg
(Sorry for blurry pictures. I have no idea what I'm doing. No filter here!)
I never did run the races like I thought I would, but I discovered that I might not ever run the races, maybe jog occasionally (which I have been doing)...but I learned that I LOVE walking. And I LOVE walking races. I've done at least once race every month since this first post.

I experience amazing things during the races, things that make my heart sing:
http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag6/lunarsongbird/phpBYSHBbAM_zpsd74006ca.jpg
I'm having so much fun and having an active lifestyle makes my life so much more rich and exciting.

I see a grandma taking her granddaughter out for her first 5K- and my soul says...Someday, someday that will be you:
http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag6/lunarsongbird/phpgwzq12AM_zps50755bc5.jpg

I'm over the moon happy with my lifestyle changes. Although the weight probably isn't coming off as fast as it could be- I know for an absolute fact- that weight is NEVER coming back. Not sure how much I've lost, but the pictures look promising:
http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag6/lunarsongbird/1374329_10100325746174150_1632253841_n_zpsd71b12b6 .jpg
(March- from the first post and October- this week).

ETA: And I forgot to mention. I did a 10K! A 10K!!! EEEEEEEP!!!

Let's check-in with other goals:
Home: I imagine that a lot of things are going to change in nearly 7 months! You will have combined finances with DH and are probably coming fairly close to being debt free! YAY! The kitchen will be cleaned every night before bed. You'll still be working with fly lady and cleaning the house in zones. And hopefully you had a fairly fruitful garden this year!
Oh my...YES! I have combined finances with DH- and although it was a struggle at first- it is now amazing. I am making HUGE headway with finances.
http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag6/lunarsongbird/phpDer16HAM_zps64f03bff.jpg
The house is also clean everyday. I take at least 15 minutes in the morning and in the evening to clean. Works like a charm and I feel GREAT about myself.

Heart: Meditation does a soul good! You've also been actively trying to speak DH's love language.
CHECK. I recommend this meditation book (http://www.amazon.com/Guided-Imagery-Self-Healing-Essential-ebook/dp/B0046H9BAS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381583963&sr=1-1&keywords=self+imagery). I also take 15ish minutes every morning to plan the day and write out gratitudes.

Health: I think I have made incredible advances in my health. I have also started fertility testing (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100294242387990.1073741831.29901698&type=1&l=e14160ac2a) in preparation of starting to TTC in December. I should call and get my results, but I'm feeling really good. My energy levels are high and I'm accomplishing a lot throughout the days.

Dear Past Self,
Thank you so much for all that you have done leading me down this path. Although I am not a subscriber to Runner's World- I did subscribe to Women's Running. ;) I DID also go to the amusement park this summer. It's something I know you wanted me to do:
http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag6/lunarsongbird/phpRI5NpfAM_zps9b7ca5f0.jpg
I went with DH and wonderful friends and went on every single ride- and I fit on all of them. I wasn't even nervous about it.
I promise never to forget what you have went through- and we won't go back there....Instead...full steam ahead, pretty lady! Love you BUNCHES.

lunarsongbird
10-12-2013, 09:52 AM
Garnet- Congrats on your new job! That sounds like an incredible improvement! What a FABULOUS lifestyle change!! You are on a GOOD road:
http://www.actonthis.tv/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/On-the-road-to-health-wealth-happiness.jpg
Also- stunning picture taken in August. LOVE that top! You look radiant.

wannaskipandlaugh- It sounds like you are right on track to meet all your goals by Valentine's Day. Also sounds like you need a new "friend," hm? You deserve it. EXCELLENT progress on weight goals. Fantastic.

Novus- I'm glad we did this too, because I haven't even read what you posted yet...but your pictures. YAWOHZA! You've made changes, lady!! YOU'VE LOST 39 POUNDS SINCE YOUR ORIGINAL POST?! And there is a sad face in your post!? See...You need an outsider (like me...since I've been absent...to tell you...HOLY COW!! YOU HAVE DONE AMAZING!!!!!!) Seriously..Unbelievable. I can totally see what you are going through though- When my scale stopped moving (because that's what it does for me)- I got bummed out and part of the reason I went missing was that being here dragged me down...made me want to put a sad face with my progress. No bueno. You are doing awesome things.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-f2ata1yNbyQ/UVE0cnNGVaI/AAAAAAAAATw/up2M-vHGQY0/s1600/positi.jpg

lanabug- Super nice to meet you.

Drivenbyamition- Your username is crazy wonderful.

amandie- It sounds like you have made some wonderfully positive changes in your life in the last 6 months. 10/12... :: swoon :: AMAZING. Can't wait to hear about updates about Vatterott.

Mozzy- You are here today. That is an OUTSTANDING goal. You have not given up. You have not disappeared (like some people. :: points to self :: You have been here to offer up encouragement and also keep focused on your own wellness goals. That is awesome all in itself. YOU ARE AWESOME. And you have always been an inspiration to me.

OH MERILUNG- (I have to warn you...I am really hormonally emotional right now...) but when I opened your progress pictures and got to the bottom...I literally teared up. Your progress is just BEAUTIFUL! Good for you! I know I'm just a random stranger, but I am SO SO DARN PROUD OF YOU. Love, love, love your new hair do. And you quit smoking? INCREDIBLE.

Ophelia- I'm sorry that I wasn't here to support you and lift you up through your struggles, but this time capsule seems to be the perfect opportunity to remind you that you have not failed through your obstacles. Not even a little bit. Look at the difference between those two pictures...just GREAT. You have made fantastic progress. Clean slate for you, my dear...and you are 30 pounds lighter. What would have happened in March...if you GAINED 30 pounds? Puts things in perspective, doesn't it? ;)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d87lKyPrVvc/TWS1KA-W7HI/AAAAAAAADv4/18431py4pkY/s400/Clean_Slate_Start_Anew.jpg

AwShucks- :hug: You are like the FITNESS GURU now... :: sings ::
Look at you, Fitness Guru...who knew? who knew? We knew...our confidence in you only grew..AsShucks is becoming brand new!
I made you a song. :)
:hug:

AwShucks
10-12-2013, 09:42 PM
Yeah for you, too, LunarSongBird! I love that you have photographic evidence of all that you're doing in your life, now. How wonderful that you've added regular race walking to your hobbies. And, I love the photo of grandma and the babe. That's a great memory for that family, and will be for you and your future little ones, too.

Anyone reading this... go right now and register your post in the new thread that they started. This has been so encouraging to look back at how I thought 6 months ago and see how far I've come. I promise, it will be worth the soul searching to see what you really want to say to your future self. In fact, I think I'm going to do it again! :)

lunarsongbird
10-14-2013, 02:31 PM
OH! And I forgot to mention something! Remember when I was doing the t-tapp challenge (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/100-lb-club/278118-why-hello-future-me.html)? Well- I got first runner up!
http://t-tapp.com/challenge2013/winners/winner.php?id=41