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I’m proud to say that I earned my #30daychip yesterday!  What a long and arduous month it was.  I stayed strong even in the face of terrible tragedy.  I’m very proud of myself for this accomplishment.  Now I know that I can do ANYTHING I set my mind to.

I can’t wait to see what the next 30 days bring.

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It’s hard to believe that my life has been changed so dramatically in one week’s time, but it has. As I mentioned yesterday, even though this past week was one of the worst in my life, I stayed on plan. That in itself is a major NSV, but today it’s time to celebrate some victories ON the scale.

Which means I lost 3 lbs this week, for a total weight loss of 22.6 pounds in 7 weeks. Woot!

Today is also Day 30 of my quest for the #30daychip! With great results on the scale like this, plus a sunny forecast outside, I know today is going to be a good day.

So I’ve officially hit the 20+ pound lost weight loss milestone! And I have my 10% (-31 lbs) in my sights. This also marks the halfway point towards the 45 pounds needed to qualify for the lap band surgery. And it can’t come soon enough.

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Happy  Tuesday, everyone!! It’s a thrill to know that I’ve almost (like 0.6 lbs away) earned this new badge.  🙂  My official weigh-in day is tomorrow, so check back then to see exactly how much I’ve lost in 6 weeks.

As I mentioned on Sunday, it’s now officially the spring season, yet the weather forecast for my area is rain, rain, and more rain all week.  And not just a little drizzle, but huge downpours.  It  can be depressing, especially when we’re all ready for the sunny, warmer weather.

But just as “all clouds have a silver lining,” all rainy days eventually lead to sun, and that was true yesterday when I look Lulu on a walk during a break in the weather.  It was actually a really long break, and the sun shone brightly.  It was so nice to feel the warmth after a cold, rainy day that I took a few photos.  Walking along and noticing all the beauty around me made me feel so lucky to be in that moment.  I wasn’t worried about what the weather would be like later, I just wanted to enjoy the sunshine and the walk.

A sure sign of spring if I've ever seen one.

Cala Lillies are one of my favorite flowers, and they're so prolific this time of year.

And sometimes all you need in order to lift your spirits is to simply look up.

Living in the moment and enjoying the here and now has never come easily to me.  I’m a planner, as you may have guessed.  I like having a goal to strive towards, and I’m always looking at how I can improve my life/myself.  The risk in looking too far ahead is that I miss all the joy that I have NOW.  So this has been something I have been working on for a couple of years now.  And I have written before about how much better I’ve become at enjoying today once Lulu came into my life.  Dogs just force you to enjoy the moment, because that’s how they live.  And it’s been great.

Lately I’ve been trying to apply this “live in the moment” philosophy to my weight loss journey.  Of course I have an overall goal – losing over 150 pounds.  And I also have a short term goal – losing the 45 pounds necessary to qualify for surgery (less than 25 lbs to go!).  In between those two, I have all the weight loss milestones that will come my way.

But today, right now, I want to appreciate all that I’ve done up to this point.

  • I’ve lost over 20 lbs in 6 weeks.
  • I’m feeling lighter in my own  skin.
  • I’m on Day 22 of my #30daychip challenge.
  • My clothes are fitting looser.
  • I can notice my face getting thinner.

And because of all of this, I’m taking more time to put outfits together.  I’m having fun exploring my closet and pulling out garments that have been too tight for too long.  It’s fun to figure out each day’s “look” now that I have a little less of me to work with.  😉

Today’s Outfit:

Sorry for the bad lighting, it was early in the morning when I took this.

A closer shot, to show the colors.

This pride in TODAY isn’t going unnoticed by others; many people are commenting on my outfits, happiness, and my overall attitude.  I’m usually positive, but they’re picking up on what I’m feeling – pride in this moment.  Pride that I am accomplishing what I set out to do.  Pride that I can stick to a goal and not become distracted by temptations.

I’m trying not to concern myself with how long it will take to lose the remaining weight.  Or how soon I’ll be able to get the Lap Band surgery.  I’m focusing my efforts on today, Day 22.  And before I know it, I’ll have accomplished each and every goal I intended.  I know this just as assuredly as I know my own name.

I have a clarity that I haven’t felt for so long, and that’s amazing!

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

The month of March is flying right by!  I can’t believe today is already March 15th, but I’m looking forward to spring and all of the lovely days that come along with it.  Days spent enjoying the colorful flowers I’ll plant in my garden.  Days spent outside on a walk with Lulu or talking to my sister about life.  Days spent riding my bike around my amazing neighborhood, getting in some exercise and feeding my soul, all at the same time.  Spring!

I’m feeling great about all that’s going on in my life right now, especially in terms of weight loss.  I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating – I’m in a groove and I know success is only a matter of time. It seems as though everything that I’ve gone through up to this point – all the disappointment, all the stops and stars, all the frustration – has all been eliminated completely.  My mind is so determined on my goal that I have absolutely no doubt that I will be on the waiting list for the surgery by the time school gets out in June. And I plan on enjoying all the small moments of accomplishment in between.

I will say that I’ve been having a tough time with the time change.  I can’t seem to get to sleep at night, but then I oversleep in the morning.  Or else I’m sort of dragging throughout the day.  I know that by next week, I’ll be all set, but this DST coupled with the remnants of this never-ending cold is really zapping some of my energy.  Luckily, I don’t have as much going on this week at work, so I can ease into the change.  Have you guys noticed a difference?

I’m also happy to say that I’ve kept up with the two challenges I have going on right now.

#1 – TheDailyChallenge from MeYouHealth. This week I’ve:

#2 – I’ve kept up with the #7daychip /#30daychip.  Today is Day 15!

And looking ahead to next week, I’m confident that I’ll have a new badge (5 more lbs gone) by the time I write next week’s post.  Woot!!

How’s your week going?

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I did it!!

A huge thank you to Brad for creating this #7daychip program!

Now on to my true goal, earning a #30daychip on March 30 by doing the following:

  • Stay on the Medifast 5-1 plan.  Eat 5 Medifast meal replacements and 1 Lean & Green meal.
  • No deviation.  No “special occasions.” No treats.  On plan, all the time, for 30 days.
  • Get activity in every day.  This may mean a walk with Lulu or an Afro Belly Boogie class, but I need to move every day.

So far so good, now it’s time to complete the next 21 days.

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This week I saw that the numbers on the scale were slowly creeping in the wrong direction (up!), so I took decisive action and made sure I was going to like what I saw on the scale today.

Which means I’m down 2.2 lbs this week, for a total of 14 pounds in 3 weeks. And really, I lost more than 2.2 pounds this week, because at one point I was up over a pound from last week’s weight.  So I’m really proud of myself, to say the least. I’m just 1 pound away from getting my first reward – a nice pedicure.  I’m really hoping I can book that appointment next week!

Medifast is proving to be a great way for me to lose weight, and now that I’ve been doing it for over 3 weeks, it’s become second nature.  I’m actually liking this better than when I was eating the Lean Cuisine meals for dinner, because at least I’m actually cooking and being creative in my meal planning.  I feel like I’m more in control because I’m taking a more active role in what I eat.

Later today I’m expecting my next shipment of Medifast, and I’m looking forward to having that cabinet fully stocked again.  Now I know what I like (and what I don’t), so this next month is going to be a lot better.  No suffering through gross-tasting food just because I have to get a meal in.

Day 2 of the #30daychip is starting out strong, and I know it’s going to continue on this way for the rest of this month, but I won’t get too far ahead of myself.  I just need to take each day as it comes.

 

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

I’ve had a bit of an epiphany these last few days.  Part of it came from a conversation I had with LC about just buckling down and sticking with the Medifast.  Part of it came from a guest blog post that Brad Gansberg wrote on Tara’s blog.  And the final impetus I needed came from Jenna‘s comment on my blog post yesterday:

Before I lost weigh I used to feel the same way. I think what was happening to me was that I would make say, 60% good choices. Then I felt so darn good about myself for making SO many good choices that I would give myself all sorts of pats on the back, free passes, special occasions, etc. thinking that I deserved them. So those 40% free passes basically evened everything out, canceling out all my “good choices.” Same with working out–I’d feel so proud of myself for working out, I’d have a nice little snack when I came home from the gym…likely canceling out the work I just did. When I finally lost weight, it was because I went 30 full days with not ONE pat on the back. I was 100% for 4 weeks, didn’t weigh myself (so I wouldn’t get down if I didn’t lose a ton the first few weeks), and just resigned myself to the rules I had set for myself. My social life sorta sucked, but it was worth it to commit for 30 days with no exceptions. I think balance is important long term, but not when it’s time to buckle down and get the work done.

And so I have come to the conclusion that it’s time for me to earn a #30daychip.

So what will I do to earn my #30daychip?

  • Stay on the Medifast 5-1 plan.  Eat 5 Medifast meal replacements and 1 Lean & Green meal.
  • No deviation.  No “special occasions.” No treats.  On plan, all the time, for 30 days.
  • Get activity in every day.  This may mean a walk with Lulu or an Afro Belly Boogie class, but I need to move every day.

Feel free to keep me honest throughout the month of March.  I’ll see you 30 days from now with my results.

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