Tuesday, April 9, 2013

weigh to go: 3 months in

This is the picture that did it for me.  The one that made me realize that I really didn't like the way I looked.  Christmas morning with my boys and all I could see in this picture was how big my arms and stomach and legs looked.  [My hair's pretty gross too, but that's not the point.]  It's not even that I think I look necessarily huge, I just didn't realize that this is what I looked like.  At all.

On January 2nd, I started a diet.  A couple weeks later I joined the gym.

Click here for the previous update.

As of a month ago I had lost 12.something pounds.  I posted this on Instagram.

I'm happy to report that 1 month later, as of today, I've lost 16.4 pounds.  This is not a dramatic weight loss - just averaging a pound a week, but that is fine.  I find it a little surprising because my lifestyle has changed quite dramatically since I started all this healthier living business.

I started Couch to 5k, are you familiar? I've historically never been a runner.  I've historically always complained about my crappy knees.  But.  I've recently been sooo inspired by Mommy Boots and her success with this program that the urge to try it was overwhelming.  I am currently in the middle of week four.  In case you are not familiar, this program is designed to train a non-runner (definition: ME) to run a 5k in just 9 weeks.  There are 3 sessions per week and each one is just about 30 minutes. Easy enough to commit to that, right? 

To give you a better, but brief rundown, I think Wk 1 starts out alternating 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking.  By Wk 4, I'm up to this:

Warm up walk: 5 min
Jog: 3 min
Walk: 90 sec
Jog: 5 min
Walk: 2 min 30 sec
Repeat (minus the 5 minute warm up)
Cool down walk for 5 min

I have been doing the program outside at least 1x a week and inside on the treadmill 2x a week since I started.  Not intentionally necessarily, but it's just worked out that way.  Jogging outside is like 54ish times harder than on the treadmill.  I hate it during, but I love it afterwards. 

My knees do hurt initially, but that kind of goes away once I get into my rhythm.  I did day one of week four outside and it was quite a jump from week three so it was rough. REALLY rough. But I completed it.  Did it again tonight on the treadmill and it was easy.  I've already told myself that if I am not able to successfully complete a day, I am going to repeat it until I'm successful. So far, I haven't had to repeat anything.  Which is surprising since that 60 seconds of jogging the first week nearly killed me.  Or so I thought. 

This month's major milestone:  I fit into my "skinny jeans" that I quickly outgrew about a year ago when I stopped nursing Dexter.  Woo!!  Getting back into them has been a goal since I started on this journey.  I did it and here's the proof!

Disregard the dorky pose, fake smile, and wet hair.
So despite the fact that the numbers are not changing rapidly on the scale, I feel MUCH better. I desperately need to buy some new clothes.  I notice that I care more about how I look.  I'm wearing make-up.  Getting my eyebrows done again.  Dressing (a little) cuter despite my limited wardrobe (the picture above is not intended to depict that).  Contemplating a new hairstyle.

I'm proud of myself for challenging my brain and my body with this jogging madness, and I have so much more energy than I can remember having in recent years.  I've been known to bust out 50 jumping jacks in the bathroom at work. I'm still sticking with My Fitness Pal, logging everything I eat and all of my workouts.  It seems like a lot of work at first, but it really just takes a few seconds here and there and is kind of addictive!  Not to mention sooo motivating.  Come join and be a pal if you haven't already!



  1. You look SO great! Way to go! I definitely cannot wait for spring to get here so I can get outside and get moving!

    1. You're so nice! I am definitely much happier and more motivated when the weather is nice... unfortunate for every one who has to be around me the other 7 months a year!

  2. What a wonderful transformation! Getting into the habit of regular exercise is tough. I'll have to check out that running program.

    1. Cool! Let me know what you think if you try it!

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  4. Wayyyyyyyyyy tooooooo goooooooo! Way proud of you chick and you look fantastic!

    1. Aw thanks! You are doing great too!

  5. Lookin' good! It's amazing how much better you feel as the weight starts to fall off. :) Way to go!

    1. I agree and thank you for the nice compliment. What do you think of My Fitness Pal so far?

  6. You look fantastic!!! Keep up the great work! I'm looking forward to getting back into some sort of fitness routine once I recover from having this baby!