‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2013 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my goal of hitting ONDERLAND before the end of 2013. Achieving that will be the best gift of all!!! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. This is the time of year when food and celebrations are plentiful and the last thing on most people’s minds is weight loss. I’m going to show that weight loss can happen during the holiday season. My Sunday progress updates will be called Countdown to Christmas Weigh-Ins.
Week 29 was busier than expected. I ended up taking 4 rest days, two more than planned, but I am glad to say that I did do C25K week 2 twice. I’m really enjoying it, and although it’s not easy, I love the way I feel as soon as I’m done with it and I see all that I’ve accomplished. That’s what I’ve been feeling a lot this week – reflecting back on these past 29 weeks and realizing just how far I’ve come.
When I weighed in this morning, I was 203.0, which is a loss of 2.4 pounds this week, and a loss of 74 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 112 pounds from my highest weight!! When I see my weight loss total I have to admit, I’m a bit in awe. 30 weeks ago, don’t think I really had any idea what this weight loss would mean to me. I knew I’d lose weight, sure, and go down in sizes of clothes, and be able to move through the world easier, but I don’t think I knew how my life would change.
The changes have been subtle, like the way my collarbones show a bit more each day. Or the way my smile has improved as my dimples have become more prominent. Or the how amazing it feels to sit in the chairs outside Starbucks and not have my hips/thighs hang over and through the sides of the chair. And how I can cross one leg over the other. Or how my eyes look bigger now that my cheeks aren’t as full. And these are just the physical changes.
There are also the changes of not worrying about getting past people down the row of a movie theatre. Or in the church pew this week as I watched my niece in the Christmas pageant. Or not giving a second thought to the decision to walk to my parents house to spend some time with them yesterday morning, instead of getting in the car and driving over. Losing all this weight has really made living my daily life so much better in ways that I never anticipated because I got so used to dealing with the girth, I guess. I’m so grateful that I’m able to appreciate all of these changes and recognize how far I’ve come.
I still have quite a ways to go, but I do feel like the momentum has shifted, and I’m on the downhill side of my weight loss journey. My next major goal is right around the corner – hitting Onederland (getting to 199 or less). I have four more pounds and two more Sunday weigh-ins to get to that goal. Although, let’s be honest, I’m giving myself until the 31st, so if it means weighing in on that Tuesday morning and seeing 199, I’ll do it.
This week is finals week at school, and while the students are going to be stressed, it actually means I have a bit more time on my hands, because we have three days of a modified schedule. I’ll be done at 12:30 Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Of course, I’ll spend plenty of time grading in the afternoon, but it will be nice to be able to hit the gym earlier than usual and then go back to paperwork, if I have to. And the best part is those luxurious two weeks off with all that free time to spend with family, friends, and myself. Lots to look forward to!
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!