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 22 brought with it the change of seasons. Finally, we’re experiencing cold mornings and evenings, although our days are gorgeous and sunny. I love the layered clothing of fall, and it’s been fun putting cooler-weather outfits together. My closet is down to the bare minimum, so I’ve spent a bit on some new sweaters – more on that in a bit. My food has been great, and I’ve been enjoying lots of fall flavors – butternut squash casserole, rotisserie chicken and pumpkin soup, and today I’m going to make pumpkin pie crockpot oatmeal. Of course I put my own spin on each of these recipes, especially the oatmeal. I need more protein than the original recipe has, so I add in scoops of vanilla protein powder (I also omit the maple syrup in favor of flavored sugar free torani – saves calories and tastes just as good).
When I weighed in this morning, I was 217.6, which is a loss of 1.4 pounds this week, and a loss of 59.4 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 97.4 pounds from my highest weight!! The weight loss is slowing down a bit these past couple of weeks, but I’m proud that I can honestly say that I have never had a stall in these 22 weeks. Considering how awful my weight loss was pre-op, this is a fantastic fact! Actually, forget the caveat, this is a fantastic fact no matter what! I see so many others on MyFitnessPal struggle with stalls from week to week, but I’ve never experienced one. I can’t speak to what happens with other people’s bodies, but I can say for mine that having the surgery absolutely reset my metabolism, which had been shot after so many years of yo-yo dieting. Plus the fact that I have followed (most of) the rules Kaiser laid out and cook most of my meals myself. I have gone out, of course, but it’s a rare, celebratory thing. I have completely embraced this new lifestyle, and it’s paying off.
I can’t believe how close I am to losing 100 lbs! I just can’t wait for that magic number to show up on the scale – I really hope I can get to it this week, but if not, I know that within 2 weeks, I’ll be there. Can you believe it? I really can’t. I know I’ve been working hard, and have done everything I should, but it feels very surreal to me that I’ve lost this much weight. Thank God I had the surgery!
One of the fun things that I did this week was spend the Anthropologie gift card that Amber gave me a couple of months ago. Her gift was absolutely incredible because it came as a total surprise, and she said she sent it because I was so inspiring to her. I mean, c’mon! So generous and so sweet. I’ve held onto the gift card because I’ve had it in my mind that I’d spend it when I got to goal. But then I started thinking about the fact that I’m just now moving into tops that I can find in “normal” stores, so why not treat myself? Plus the fact that my closet is in desperate need of some new fashions. I went onto Anthropologie.com and hit the “sale” tab. We all know that their regularly-priced clothing is so expensive, so I figured I’d see what was on sale. Wow, there are some amazing deals on really cute stuff, and surprisingly, much of it was for this season. There were quite a few things I liked, but I also wanted to keep to the $50 gift card and not have to spend too much extra. So, this is what I settled on:
It was originally $128, marked down to $39.99. With tax and shipping, it came out to $49.80 – pretty good shopping if I do say so myself! I got black because I figured it would take me through fall, winter, and into spring. Plus, I love it. And it will go nicely with jeans, skirts, and pants. I know you can’t see much detail from the photo, so here it is in cream, which shows it off much better:
I love the shoulder detail – those little loops are fun and funky and just different enough to be unique. Plus, I think having something at the shoulder will probably help define my hourglass shape. Or, it will make me look like a linebacker…I guess we’ll see. I ordered it in a Large, which is crazy! Many of the comments online were saying that it ran large, so I figured that I would get the most use out of it in that size. I can’t wait!
Amber, thank you again so much for your generosity. This is my first clothing purchase ever from Anthropolgie, and it’s all because of you!! I’ll definitely think of you and your support and friendship every time I wear it.
Today’s quote is a great reminder of all of the things that I CAN do.
- I can walk a 5K (or 5 miles, as I did with the SJ RocknRoll) without any pain. More than that, I have fun doing it.
- I can go into any clothing store and buy tops that fit. This is a huge milestone! (I can’t wait for the day I can say the same thing of pants).
- I can lose weight even though my life is hectic and there never seems to be enough time in the day to accomplish everything I need to do.
- I can make time for workouts because I love the way they make me feel and I know they help me create a stronger body, inside and out.
- I can inspire other people toward their own weight loss goals, and I lead by example.
- I can achieve every goal I have set for myself, which I’m doing, one by one.
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!