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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 7: Victory Lap
What was your biggest accomplishment of 2013?

By far, the biggest accomplishment in 2013 was losing weight, and since the process was gradual, the successes came in increments:

  • After years of struggle on this weight loss journey, the moment I reached the pre-surgery requirement was a huge turning point for me.  It signified that I had stopped letting excuses rule my life, and that I’d started to do whatever I needed to get to my goal.
  • After the surgery, I soon hit 50 pounds lost, and realized that I’d learned a lot of things on this weight loss journey.
  • I’ve had quite a few NSVs, lots of which have had to do with new clothes in normal sizes, including these sweats from Victoria’s Secret, in a size XL. The best part, after a day of wearing them, they stretched out so much that I actually think I can fit a Large.  Me, in a size LARGE sweats from VS!!  I love clothes, and getting the be a weight/size that I can shop in normal stores has been amazing.  The biggest problem is not spending too much money on clothes that are going to be too big in a short time.
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  • I’ve also had a lot of fitness accomplishments, including walking in lots of 5Ks: Color Me Rad, SJ RocknRoll Mini, SF Mermaid, and the Turkey Trot. All of these 5Ks have shown me that I am ready to push myself a bit further.  I attempted the C25K for the third time, and even though it’s been quite a challenge, for the first time it’s doable.  I have a Santa Run coming up next Sunday, and I’m planning to do a walk/run for the first time.  I can’t wait to see how far I can take my running in 2014.
  • To date, my biggest accomplishment on the scale has been losing 100 pounds.  I’ve lost even more since then (almost -110), and my next goal is to get to ONEDERLAND by December 31st.

Since mid-year, 2013 has been filled with accomplishments that I’m incredibly proud of.  I know 2014 is going to bring even more successes that I can’t wait to share.


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It’s March! Which means that the weather is unpredictable – sunny one day, rainy the next – but that just makes life more exciting. This year March is going to be incredibly lucky for me – a time when I will absolutely achieve my pre-surgery weight loss requirement, my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. (Although luck will have nothing to do with it – it will be all about HARD work and motivation). Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. March means that spring is around the corner, and I’m going to use this season to refresh my outlook, because I’m embarking on more than just a diet plan, I’m going to establish a lifestyle. My Sunday progress updates will be called March Madness Weigh-Ins.

Week 10 was another great one:  I stayed on plan with eating, got in lots of strong workouts, and felt completely motivated.

Sounds great! So, what did the scale show?!

This morning I weighed in at 289.4, which is down 2 pounds from last week. Which means I have 3 pounds to go before I can call in to Kaiser and meet the next big weight loss requirement! I’m thrilled with this week’s result because I’ve been really enjoying the lifestyle I’m creating for myself.  I’ve been loving my food plan, trying a bunch of new recipes, but still staying within my calories.  I’ve been pushing myself a bit more in my workouts by increasing the time and/or the intensity.

Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Sunday: cleaning + bike ride + long walk with Sofi
Monday: Aqua
Tuesday: elliptical + recumbent bike
Wednesday: rest day
Thursday: elliptical + recumbent bike
Friday: bowling + Hot Hula*
Saturday: Just Dance 4

*I was so excited to find a Groupon for the Hot Hula Fitness class I love taking – $39 for 10 classes.  Normally the classes are $10 each, so this was an excellent deal. I don’t want to use them up all at once, so I’m planning on going about once a week or so.

I have a few new recipes in mind this week, but I’ll post about them as I make them and/or in my WIAW post.  I’m feeling so positive, so motivated, so UNSTOPPABLE, and I want to thank everyone for their support.  Your words of encouragement over the years have gotten me through the tough times, and now that things are completely in sync, I want you to know that they continue to lift me up and spur me on towards success.


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

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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 and there are no holidays or other social commitments to derail me from strictly adhering to my food and workout plan. I’m determined that fall 2012 will be when I achieve my pre-surgery weight loss goal. Since weekday mornings are hectic, I’m moving my weigh-in day to Sunday. Sundays are the perfect day to weigh in because I don’t have any other morning obligations and can focus on my weight loss. Plus, Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

Week 8 on Jenny felt like second nature.  I feel really dialed in to the entire program, and have gotten into a good groove.  I didn’t workout quite as much as I should have, although I did go to Bikram yoga two times.  I got my water in most days, but not all of them.  When I stepped onto the scale this morning, I felt like I’d lost, but didn’t have good idea of exactly how much.

Okay Bella, enough suspense, what were the results on the scale?!!

This morning I weighed in at 297.2.This is a loss of 5.2 lbs this week! Which means I have 16 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. This loss was a welcome surprise!  I didn’t do anything particularly spectacular this week, which means that in a very ordinary week extraordinary things can happen.  I plan on doing more of the same this week.  Now I have my sights set on whizzing through the 290s to get into the 280s. I feel so excited, so confident, and I know that I’ll have made it to my mini goal before I know it.

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

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Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am?! I absolutely love going on there to dream, to be inspired, to learn, and to grow. And, okay, to waste a ton of time. I find so many interesting ideas from Pinterest everyday, and I just wanted to share some of it with you guys on a weekly basis. Hence Pinterest Perspectives.

I really couldn’t have said it any better myself.  I believe this with my whole heart, and I’m trying to show it through my actions.  I’m not perfect everyday, by any means, but I will never, ever, EVER give up on myself.  Because if I don’t believe in me, who else will?

The changes that I enacted this Sunday (which I’ll reveal soon, I promise) have been amazing for my self esteem and my belief that my goals are within reach.  I’ve recovered my willpower and my strength and it feels fantastic.


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The other night I went to dinner with a friend whom I met my very first year of college, which means that I’ve known her for 20 years.  She and I lost touch for quite some time (11 years) when she moved out of the area and my life started to get really complicated, but we reconnected through Facebook.

The thing that I took away from the evening, besides catching up on 11 years worth of our lives, was how lucky I am.  How grateful I should be that I am (mostly) healthy, strong, and able-bodied.

You see, my friend was in a terrible car accident about 5 years ago that completely shattered her hip and leg bones.  While she was in the process of healing, she got a terrible infection which left her even more debilitated.  She was on crutches for months and months.  Then, to top it all off, just when she thought she had the hang of navigating the stairs with her crutches, she took a nasty fall and shattered bones in her ankle.  Long story short, she has been on crutches since then, and because her bones are too weak, she will most likely remain on crutches for the rest of her life.

Imagine that for a moment.

This image struck a chord deep inside of me.  So much so that I spent a good portion of yesterday evening really thinking about how grateful I should be for the body I have.  Yes, it’s much bigger than I’d like it to be.  Yes, I have major flab and cellulite.  But you know what?  I can walk unaided.  I can move through the world on my own power.  I  can push my body to its physical limits and feel proud of myself.

Which really gave me the kick in the ass that I needed to say to myself, “there is absolutely nothing holding you back from succeeding in this weight loss effort, except yourself.”

And it’s so true.  I have all of the tools at my disposal.  I am able to pay for the WW montly pass, I am able to find a ton of meetings that fit into my schedule. I have a DVD player and a Wii console and lots of exercise DVDs and “games” to keep me from getting bored.  I am able to pay for not only a membership to 24 Hour Fitness, but for personal training sessions, as well.  I have access to a beautiful swimming pool.  I have a bike that I can take out for a ride anytime I want.  I have fitness shoes that I can put on and go take a walk at any point, without too much thought.   I am able to spend money on high quality, good for me food.  I now have a BodyBugg that will help me better monitor my caloric intake/output.  And I have tremendous support from my friends and family and all of you bloggers who are always at the ready to cheer my successes and help me through my “failures.”

I am so motivated and excited right now that I really feel like I can do ANYTHING and that I will SUCCEED.

Yes, it’s been a tough summer on the scale facing minor gains when in all reality I should be losing.  Yes, I experience numbness in my feet and legs when I walk long distances.  Yes, I get out of breath a lot easier than “I should.”  Yes, I wish I looked better in my bathing suit.  Yes, my choice of clothing is more limited than someone who is 100 lbs thinner than I am.

But so what?  I am also in complete control of what I eat and the lifestyle I want to live.  I don’t have children or a husband whose needs I need to take into consideration.  I can eat anything that suits me without worrying about whether or not someone else will like it.  I truly have set myself up for complete and utter success.

And now, more than any time in the recent past, I KNOW in my heart that I will accomplish all of my weight loss goals.  Because I can.  Because it would be an absolute shame to spend any more time than necessary in this body when I am physically and mentally able to do more for myself. To become the woman I’m meant to be.

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Over the last week I’ve taken a bit of a break from my normal t.v. viewing (other than the shows I consider essential, like Biggest Loser, Lost, and Grey’s) and have been spending quite a bit of my night watching weight loss videos on YouTube.  I wrote a few weeks ago about my discovery of this entire weight loss community on YouTube that is as inspiring as all of the weight loss blogs I read.  Sometimes it’s nice to just sit in front of a screen and watch people share their successes and setbacks and visually see their progress.

One of the vloggers that I find really informative and motivating is Shanti aka Antishay.  She lives in Seattle and at 23 is one of the most mature and wise young women I’ve ever “met.”  After being overweight her entire adult life, she decided to start making videos in May 2008 to give her weight loss journey some accountability.  She’s also said that she loves the “worldwide WW meeting-like community” that she’s found on YouTube.  Her weight loss method is counting calories, working out, and more recently she has decided to stick to a diet free from all processed food.  She has lost over 40 pounds.  I find her to be intelligent, insightful, and energetic.

The video I’m posting here is one that I found truly inspiring and I thought I’d share it with all of you because she makes some excellent points. I’d recommend taking the 10 minutes to watch the entire video because she has a great way of explaining her points.

A few of the key things I gleaned from the video are:

  • Live in the present.  She mentions that you need to let go of the past because you can’t change it.  And while making plans for the future is great, until you are actually DOING the things on the plan, you’re not really taking action.  This really spoke to me because I am a huge planner, but not always the best in following through on the “doing” part.
  • Forgive yourself.  Lisa had a great post about this same thing the other day, and I found it to be so true.  We are only human and we do make mistakes, have setbacks, and let ourselves down, but it’s how you move on from those things that really show who you are and how you want to live your life.
  • Realize that incremental choices got you to be overweight and small changes are what will help you lose weight.  This goes along with the concept of baby steps.  You take one positive step which leads you to have success, and then you take another, and another, and before you know it, you’ve transformed your lifestyle, your mentality, and your body.

This video came at the perfect time for me, and I really enjoyed watching it.  I hope you get something positive out of it, as well.

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I’ve tried to lose weight so many different times using so many different methods, but this time, something’s different. I feel a strong sense of commitment to this new lifestyle, to my health.

I think that my determination and motivation came from the fact that when I got on the scale for my “before” weight, the number it reflected is the highest number I’ve ever seen in my life. I think I may have weighed more at some point, but I never really knew how much I weighed. This is the most I’ve ever known that I’ve weighed. I think the shock of the numbers has really helped me realize that it’s time to get serious while I’m still healthy enough to make positive changes.

The other thing that’s made this new journey different is the ease I’m finding on the South Beach Diet. It really has become a lifestyle for me, and there’s something about not counting every point, not writing down every thing I eat that truly has freed me. I know which foods to avoid, and so I just don’t eat them. Sure, every once in a while I’m sure I’ll eat some pasta or a cookie, but those aren’t things I can’t live without in my daily diet. I’m very mindful of my portion sizes, and most of the time now I wouldn’t think about eating something that I shouldn’t. There are so many delicious choices that I CAN have that I feel very satisfied in cooking and preparing meals for myself.

The last aspect that has really helped me is gaining inspiration through many different mediums. When I was on WW, I would go to the weekly meetings, but most of the information I heard there was all something I’d heard before. Very little resonated with me. The meetings were more of a chore, something to check off my “to do” list, rather than something I really enjoyed. This time around, I’ve sought out my own sources of support — friends, weight loss blogs, books, and shows all about weight loss — both the struggles and the successes.

I’m not unrealistic about losing weight this time. I know it’s going to take a lot of time, preparation, will, determination, and action. I feel so proud of myself every time I make my lunch the night before, every time I cook a healthy dinner, and every time I go to workout. The nice thing about it is that it’s all within my reach — the choices that I make now will determine my success (or failure) in this venture. And for me, failure just isn’t part of the equation.

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