I’m no longer the insecure chubby girl that started this blog. I’ve lost weight and gained confidence and self-esteem. I’ve lost about 60-65lbs so far over the last 2 years. It’s not fast progress by any stretch of the imagination, but it IS progress. And something you have to remember is that whether it’s 1 pound or 100 pounds, it’s still progress. You really do have to remind yourself of that fact. If you don’t, you’ll drive yourself crazy with worry over everything regarding your weight loss journey.
I’ve learned a lot over the last 2 years. Some of the most important include that I have to be patient with myself. And understanding. I’m human and I make mistakes. I will have slip-ups and backslides. And I have. For instance, at the beginning of 2012, I vowed to lose 60lbs and I started it off with a bang. I lost 24lbs in the first 2 months. Then, I hit a plateau and then I lost my motivation. And then…then I gained back 20lbs. I was crushed. I’m not gonna lie, I was feeling some self-loathing.
What changed it around for me? Well, I finally got tired of being fat and lazy and decided I had to try again. I found a good copy of P90X and I started doing it. I started making healthier food choices and tracking what I was eating again. Then, like a week after I started this, my co-worker/friend, Keith, tells me that he’s starting up a fitness challenge and did I want to buy in. OF COURSE I wanted to buy in. This was just the thing to keep me motivated. $20 to buy in to the challenge. It lasts a year (1 Aug 2012 to 1 Aug 2013). We weigh in, remeasure and take progress photos every 2 months. We also make and write down official long term and short term goals. I started off with I wanted to be able to do 2 regular and unassisted pull-ups by the end of the first 2 months. I did it. I put that I wanted to be in a size 10 by my birthday (Dec 14). I did that too. At each 2 month mark so far, I’ve registered about a 10lb loss, for a little over 20lbs in 4 months.
Right now, I’ve got a mini, unofficial, goal to lose 10lbs by Valentine’s Day. Thanks to the holidays and with not exercising for a total of 2.5 weeks over December and the beginning of this month, I regained 5lbs. I want to show another 10lb loss (for a grand total of 30 in 6 months) when I weigh in on February 1st. In order to do that, I have to lose 10lbs in the next 3 weeks. Eeep! If I stick to my meal planning and my workouts, I might actually be able to pull it off. Keep your fingers crossed for me!