Spring has (almost) sprung! Which means that the weather is turning warmer, the days are getting longer, and fitting in outdoor activities is a whole lot easier. Spring is a time of renewal, and in the spring of 2014 I’m living my life in full bloom! Now that I’m in the home stretch of my weight loss journey, all the pounds I lose this spring are just like extra petals on a flower, making my life just a bit more beautiful. I want to enjoy each day of this season, soaking in the sunshine, blue skies, and happiness. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. My Sunday progress updates will be called Super Spring Weigh-Ins.
Week 43 was a bit overwhelming, if I’m honest. Things are really busy at work, and I felt like there weren’t enough hours in the day. I still managed to eat well and to get my cardio workouts in, but I did let a few toning workouts slip by. This next week is going to be just as busy, so I’m going to do my best to set things up today so that I don’t feel like I have no time for everything I have to do. Feeling organized is huge for me – it make all the difference in the world.
When I weighed in this morning, I was 184.6, which is a loss of 1.4 pounds this week, and a loss of 92.4 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 130.4 pounds from my highest weight!! I have 34.6 pounds to go to my ultimate goal weight of 150 pounds. I’m pleased with this week’s loss, especially considering I didn’t do many of the toning exercises that I’ve been doing 5 times a week for the past couple of months. My eating has been great, though, and I did pretty well with my water intake, too.
More of the clothes I ordered for my Hawaiian vacation came in this week, and every single item looks as good or better than I’d hoped. I don’t mean to sound conceited when I write that, but this is a whole new thing for me. In the past when I ordered clothes online, it was always hit and miss as far as how the clothes would look. Now it’s a whole different story because I have a whole different body. It really is an amazing feeling.
Yesterday the high school I attended had an Alumnae Day of Service at a local charity, which fit in well with my volunteering for Lent. One of my good friends attended, and I had a blast meeting a bunch of new friends. There’s something about being an alumna from my school – we have an instant bond because of the shared experience of going to an all-girls Catholic school. And not just because of wearing that plaid skirt; because of the values we were taught, the education we received, and the spirit of friendship that we formed. It truly was an amazing experience, and I’m so grateful to my parents for sacrificing so much so that my sister and I could attend the school.
This week the enormous changes I’ve undergone have become more evident to me. In looking at photos I’ve been in with groups of friends lately (last weekend, this Friday night, and again yesterday) I can see that I’m a completely different person. I’m not worried about how my body is going to look in pictures, because I know how hard I’ve worked. It’s so freeing to just smile and capture the moment, rather than worry so much about what angle the camera is being held at. I see myself and I am proud of the lady being reflected back at me. A new confidence is emerging, and I am loving it!
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!