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It’s summertime! Which means that school is out, my schedule is my own, and I’m footloose and fancy free.  Summer means the weather is warm, the sun is shining, and I can kick my workouts (and my weight loss!) into high gear.  I have less than 30 pounds to go to reach my ultimate weight loss goal, and I plan to lose quite a bit of that this summer. But this summer is about so much more than losing weight; it’s about living my new life.  I worked so hard for this new, healthy body, and I want to spend this summer doing a lot of the things I only dreamed of doing when I was at my heaviest.  That means riding rollercoasters, running in 5Ks, trying new water sports, wearing styles (and sizes!) of clothes that I could never wear before.  I want to LIVE every moment of this summer to the fullest. I’ve moved my weigh-ins to Wednesdays as a way to check in midweek. My Wednesday progress updates will be called Sensational Summer Weigh-Ins.

Week 61 was awesome!  Not only did I enjoy my increased calorie intake, but I got in 6 days of solid workouts (which helped me exceed my goal of #150bysummer!), and I finally made it to the beach for the first time this summer.  With only two weeks left before I start my teacher meetings, I’m determined to make each day count.

bilbl_scale.jpg So, what did the scale show?!

When I weighed in this morning, I was 178.4, which is a loss of 2.4 pounds this week, and a loss of 98.6 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 136.6 pounds from my highest weight!! I have 28.4 pounds to go to my ultimate goal weight of 150 pounds. I’m really excited to see a significant loss like this on the scale, because it’s been awhile!  Increasing my daily calories to around 1000 net calories per day is working well; it keeps me really satisfied throughout the day and it also curbs any cravings I may have. This morning’s weigh in marks my lowest weight on the scale in the last 20+ years, and I can’t wait to keep hitting new “lows” as these weeks continue.

One NSV that I’d like to share happened yesterday, on #TransformationTuesday, appropriately enough.  When I was originally asked to be a SweatPink Ambasador, one of the cool things the Fit Approach crew does is send out pink shoelaces and a SweatPink tank.  The shoelaces were no problem. The tank, though, didn’t fit, not by a LONG shot.  I ordered the largest size available, and there was no way on earth that it was going to fit me.  So I put it away for all this time.  Over two years it sat on a shelf, just waiting for the day when I could put it on.  For some reason, I decided to give it a try yesterday.  And you know what, it not only fit, but I was really happy with how I looked in it.

Here’s my post to the FB group:


I’m floored that 145 people “liked” my post!

Better than that was that when I posted about it on the SweatPink Ambassadors’ Facebook page, the outpouring of love and support was overwhelming!

Just a few of the comments I got from my SPAs

Just a few of the comments I got from my SPAs

Lately I’ve been seeing myself as a fit person, which is amazing to me.  For so many years I  was the “pretty plus-sized girl,” but now I’m proud of the body that I have.  I’m not hiding it behind loose clothes and layers, I’m wearing form-fitting outfits that show off my strong legs, shapely waist, curvy booty, and arms that are beginning to show some definition.  I love the way I’ve transformed, and I’m really enjoying dressing this new physique.  I like showing it off a bit, which is such a switch from the years of camouflaging my flaws.   Yes, I still have things I want to work on, but I’m happy to let the real me SHINE.


Until Wednesday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!


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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 2 – Shine
What was the best moment of 2013?

It’s hard to pick just one moment, because so many exciting things happened to me in 2013.  But I guess the moment I stepped on the scale and saw that I’d lost 100 pounds has been the best moment of all. 

Now that I’ve lost over 100 pounds (-108, as of Sunday), so many things in my life have changed for the better:

  • I can move through the world so much more easily – I don’t get out of breath going up a couple of flights of stairs. I can walk faster, move easier. 
  • I’m healthier.  Luckily, even when I weighed 315, I didn’t have Diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure, but those were all around the corner.
  • People are seeing the light that has always been inside.  So many people are mentioning how much happier I am now that I’ve lost this weight, and while it’s true that I’m thrilled, I think what they’re noticing is what I’ve always felt like inside.  This is the ME that I’ve always been, but now they can see her too.
  • Achieving feats in fitness, like starting C25K and not dying as I do the running intervals.  Or playing on the Faculty Powderpuff football team for Homecoming. Or getting saved by a wizened old fisherman while trying SUP/Kayaking for the first time. Or walking in the Color Me Rad, SJ RocknRoll Mini Marathon, SF Mermaid, and the Turkey Trot.
  • The clothes!  I’ve always taken pride in my appearance and tried to dress my best, but it’s so much more fun now that I can wear “normal” sizes on top.  I cannot wait until I am there in the bottoms, too. 


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My birthday is July 2nd, and what better gift could I give to myself that to reach this goal that’s nearing two years in the making? So from now until then, I’ll be giving Sunday updates/weekend wrap-ups on my progress called Birthday Gift Goal Updates.

Once again I forgot to weigh myself this morning.  It seems that I’m either so groggy or so excited about the day’s plans on Sunday mornings that I can’t seem to remember to get on the scale.  So I just put a little reminder in my iCal, which should take care of my poor memory.

It’s just as well that I didn’t weigh in today – it’s TOM, and although the clothes are fitting the same as they did a couple of days ago, I’m sure there’s a slight water weight gain.

This week I was supposed to concentrate on working out, and while I did better than I did the week before, which is progress, I didn’t do enough.  Which leads me to a bit of an epiphany I had last week.

Thursday I was at my desk at school, eating my lunch and reading blogs (as I do most days), and I  came across this post, written by Tonya.  And as I read it, I realized that she could have been writing directly to me.  It’s strange that a post with such biblical tones in it spoke to me this much, but it did, especially the beginning portion, where she writes:

I don’t want to just scratch the surface anymore. I’m tired of not finishing. Half-way leaves you hung in the balance; it doesn’t take you down or move you forward. You’re just…STUCK.”

That’s what I’ve been doing for weeks months years now.  Concentrating on only part of the journey.  Doing well with food during the day and then overeating at night.   Or doing great with the food, but being lazy about workouts.  And really, I’m just so tired of being Miss Halfway.

I’m going to do my best today to dig deeper and give 100% of myself to my workout and to my food plan.  And tomorrow, I’ll do the same thing.  And while I take each day as it comes, I will continue to recommit to myself, because I do believe I’m made to shine.

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