Autumn has arrived! Which means that life is back to normal – school’s in, my schedule is busy, and obligations abound. But I won’t use those as excuses to slack on my goals. The great thing about fall is that the weather is cooler, which means that those wonderful fall fashions will keep me motivated. Plus, crisp temperatures mean that it’s never “too hot” to workout. I’m going to relish my nightly cup of steaming hot tea as another way to keep my water intake up. I look forward to all those hearty, satisfying and wls-friendly soups, stews, and crockpot meals that I’ll create for myself. This year, the changing season will mark new milestones that I haven’t seen in 5, 7, 10+ years! Bring on fall 2013 – it’s time to reach new heights! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.
Week 13 was busy, but really good. It was my first week of school, and I am so excited by all of my classes. I have amazing students, and I just know this year is going to be the best one yet. I’m really proud that even with busy, busy days I was able to stick to my healthy eating and exercise routine.
I weighed in this morning at 234.6, which is a loss of 1.8 pounds this week, and a loss of 42.4 lbs since surgery!!! I’ve lost a total of 80.4 pounds from my highest weight. I’m really happy with this week’s loss, especially since I had such a huge loss last week. I also had my period for the 3rd time this month (crazy hormones), so that makes this loss even sweeter. I am so excited that I’m now down 80 pounds!!
Getting up so that I can get ready, make my breakfast, gather my stuff, and hit the road by 7am actually wasn’t as difficult this past week as it has been in the past. I can definitely see the difference in my energy levels. As one of my colleagues put it, “you were a spitfire before, but now, you’re on a whole nother level.” I’m having fun picking out my clothes in the morning, and of course I love the compliments that I’ve been getting. Even fitting in workouts wasn’t too tough – I’ve made sure to workout on the weekends when I have more time so that I can take my two rest days during the week, which has been working perfectly. The one area that was kind of boring for me was in my food, especially my lunches. I’ve been buying TJ’s salads and eating them over a couple of days, but I needed to shake things up a bit, so look for a “What’s in my Lunchbag?” post later this week. (I picked up some fun foods today).
Since I’m now down 80 pounds, I thought I’d share my latest progress photos:
The “before” was taken in September 2012, and I remember thinking that my face looked thin in the photo.
The “now” was taken on Tuesday (August 19, 2013).
Now for the rare, full-body shots. The “befores” were taken in February 2013, the “nows” were taken 6 months later (yesterday, August 24, 2013). The top is the same in both, but the pants are much different. The befores were 26/28 and the nows are 22/24. I’m down about 60 lbs between the two sets of photos.
I’m not sure if you can see that much difference in the shots, but I can tell you that I FEEL the difference. Both sets of photos were taken by my sister, after yoga class. Yesterday’s class was tough, but much easier for me to complete than it would’ve been back in February. I’m proud of all that I’ve accomplished so far on and off the scale! It hasn’t been an easy road, but it’s been worth every single step I’ve taken.
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!