Saturday, July 19, 2008

Your Attention Please!

I've been having some weight intervention in my life over the past 13 weeks. I just wanted everyone to know that

I've officially lost 20 lbs!

20.8 to be exact, but who's counting? This is a big milestone for me because my first big goal was to loose 10% of my body weight. This weigh in put me over the top for this goal. So join me in doing the happy dance!

Here are some things I've noticed after losing my first 20 lbs:

  1. I still have shoulders. And collarbones. And if you look real close, you can see them. Cat, my roommate in college, called this look "the sexy neck". I'm up for anything that qualifies me as sexy.
  2. My wedding rings are too big. Last summer, I decided to give up the dream of ever being skinny again, and I had them re sized. Now my fingers are shrinking. I'm going to wait it out though until they stabilize, I don't want to keep sizing and resizing...
  3. I don't mind wearing my hair pulled back in a baseball cap or in a ponytail sans the cap. I used to shy away from these hair styles because I didn't like the way it drew attention to my chubby face. But, now, when I put it up, I'm startin' to like what I see. And recently Honey was on a business trip and brought me a sassy pink Boston Red Sox hat. I love it!
  4. People are starting to notice. I know this is awkward with girls because everyone knows weight is a sensitive issue with us, and some people are afraid to say anything because you don't know how we'll take it. But more and more friends are telling me that they can see it, and if they're unsure about telling me, they tell Honey. It makes my day when someone tells me they can see a difference.
  5. It's getting easier. The eating part anyways. The exercise part is hard for me right now. I've never felt deprived or like I can't have something. I just know how to make better choices. It's also easier to say "no" when I really don't need it.

So my next goals are:

  • Get with the exercise! I've got to get going with that again if I'm going to consistently loose and keep it off once I'm done losing. I need to start that habit now and not wait until I'm in maintenance mode.
  • Loose 10 more lbs. I'm taking it 10 lbs at a time from here on out.
  • Concentrate on making the most of the calories I eat. I really need to make sure I'm eating protein and veggies. Right now I feel like I'm eating a lot of low-cal filler foods. As I loose weight, my calorie intake has to go down to maintain losses. I need to start packing in the good stuff now and make the most of the calories I can have.

Thanks for listening! Have a wonderful weekend!

10 comments:

Jenni said...

congrats!! it is so hard to lose - I completely understand!

I'm back on the weight loss bandwagon again too -- when I see photos of myself from senior year of college, I can really tell the difference. And since my 10 year reunion is this year(!) maybe I can make a dent before October.....

javamamma said...

Congratulations!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Yeah! You go, girl! I'm so proud of you!

Maybe you need to try Jazzercize. :) I just got back from it AND when I was done I was inspired enough to hit the Y and do the elliptical and some weights! I'm guessing I'll be sore tomorrow.

Shelly said...

Way to go! I knew you could do it! I can't wait to see you in August! Keep it up!

Jen said...

THAT.IS.AWESOME!!! Great job!!! You are such an inspiration to all of us! Isn't it great to hit one of your goals, especially the 10%? It just gives you that drive to keep going, ESPECIALLY when people are starting to take notice!! CONGRATS!

The Binkley Family said...

Congrats. I know that is a lot of hard work. I have a few pounds I have been wanting to lose since we moved here and it is so hard!!! Way to go!

nancygrayce said...

Congratulations! It sounds like you're on Weight Watchers. I lost 30 lbs. on WW. I'm currently trying to lose some of the lbs. I gained back. :( But at least I know how!

realitymomma said...

Weigh to go!!!! That is great. Girl, I have 30-40 pounds I have gained since kids and it is HARD. Of course the cokes and chocolate don't help, but I know you have been working hard to lose 20 pounds. I totally understand the shoulder and neck thing. I am at my biggest (bigger than when we left GL) and I don't recognize myself. I am hoping to lose 30 by Christmas. Are you doing a program or just on your own - need ideas and help.

PS - I started the game for Skizzer today, drawing on Wed!

Mommy Cracked said...

Holy WOW!!! That's awesome, girl!! Keep up the great work! I can't wait for more updates.

elena jane said...

that's fantastic, congratulations....

and this is late i know, i really need to click over when i read my blog feeds...