I started "dieting" (odious word!) the day after Labor Day which meant, of course, that Labor Day weekend, I ate everything that wasn't nailed down.
I have a pic that may serve as a decent before pic though I probably got a bit heavier than that, even. Anyway, that's later. For now, just starting the thread to update everyone.
So in September I started just cutting calories. Nothing special. But cutting way back. After about 5 weeks I started working out. Went to the health club/gym. First couple workouts were freaking PATHETIC. Just a few minutes each. I started with 4 minutes of fast walk on treadmill. Now up to 12 mins with incline ratio of 3.5. Started with just a couple weight machines, two sets of each. Now doing 7 (machines) plus incline board- 3 sets of each. Also, I live one mile from the gym so I walk there and back. Or, should I say, I bouncily walk to the gym (plus sometimes a bit extra walking) on the way and I drag myself home, Quasimodo-like. I also go on occasional extra walks, usually about an hour, on other days. Particularly weekends.
I have also started doing a bit of yoga again and plan to develop that into longer sessions each time. Doing that at home. I know about 25-30hatha yoga poses so I know I can do it.
I have posted in the past that I'm too chickens**t to weigh myself because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that whatever that number is, it'll be more than I expected and I'll get all whiny and obsessed with it. So I'm not doing it. My guess, though, is that in the past 3 months I may've lost about 30-35 pounds. I base this on the fact that I was wearing overly tight 14s and some 16s (which was probably my true size, right?) and that now I'm able to wear just about any 12 that doesn't seem to be sized extra small. (I have a pair of size 12 jeans that seem to fit exactly like some 10s I have- which is to say that I cannot button them and therefore am not wearing them currently) I bought some more exercise clothes this week and they were mediums and they fit perfectly. I'm now in between a large and a medium which is nice.
My belly is diminishing greatly and the - ahem- roll just above it is smaller. My arms have a lot more definition than they did due to weight loss and to working out.
I'm wearing clothes I was wearing about 3 years ago, and that's nice.
I'm quite pleased. I do plan do keep going on this til all excess weight is gone, bringing me to maybe a size 6. My guess is that this will take me at least 4 to 7 more months but I am not worried about it. I'm giving myself all the time I need, mentally.
I'm actually enjoying working out. For a while it was more, I did it because I need to in order to burn calories and firm up and develop good musculature, but now I actually am finding working out to be fun, though I do have days that are better or worse than others. And I always did love going for long walks. As long as it isn't raining (I live in Seattle- need I say more?) I'm ok with it. I can deal with cold but walking in the rain is not so pleasant though I sometimes do it with an umbrella and maybe a hat on, too.
So it's going well. I'm going to have my husband take an interim type picture of me soon, probably this weekend so I can post a couple pix here.
Anyway, just wanted to check in with you guys and say hi. The mini goals is one of my favorite sections on this board!!!