Still going!

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They say nothing outlasts the Energizer… but I have to say I am rivaling it 😉  It took me 1 year and 1 week to lose the 100 lbs. I waited a little while and then on June 24,2017,  I got my first tattoo!

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Each of the stars represent 10 lbs lost (for a total of 100 lbs).  I chose stars because of the song “Shooting Star” by Bad Company.  The chorus goes:

Don’t you know, don’t you know, Don’t you know that you are
a shooting star,
Don’t you know, oh, yeah, Don’t you know that you are
a shooting star, yeah,
And all the world will love you just as long,
As long as you are, a shooting star.

This has a lot of meaning for me.  It tells me to aim high and I will go far as long as I keep trying.  Never give up.  I think this really defines me.  I have been noticed for my tenacity at work and with friends.  Some people may see my determination as stubbornness, but I think it is more positive than that.  It has helped me lose the 100 lbs in 1 year and 1 week!

The tattoo did not hurt as badly as I thought it would.  The topmost star hurt the most but other than it, it was more of a mild pain but I could deal with it. Of course now this opens the possibility for other tattoos.. but they would have to have special meeting for me.. I wouldn’t get one just to get one!

I am still on my weight loss journey.  Since the 2nd week in May, I have been stuck at 103 lbs lost.  Getting the tattoo meant that I wasn’t allowed to swim for 2-4 weeks, so I have not been to water aerobics or Aqua Zumba (I go back starting this Wednesday and I am very excited about that.)  I am actually thinking about doing another 24 day challenge through Advocare to kickstart my metabolism again.  I probably will not lose 24 lbs in 24 days this time because when I first started it last year I weighed more and I was giving up things I had never gave up before like Coke.  Now I haven’t had a coke in about 14 months.  Amazingly I have not craved it.  Thankfully, I did not go through caffeine withdrawal.  I still have an Advocare Spark every weekday that I am at work and it has a lot of caffeine.  I think that has helped.

I am still following my new year’s resolution and trying to be more positive about life in general.  It has really helped me to be a happier person in general.  I am also attempting to be more social.  I have attended so many concerts this year and it was has been so much fun.  I have reconnected with old friends and made new friends.. these are things I have not done in ages! I got back into supporting local music which has been a lot of fun.  I have taken on more responsibilities at work too.  Good things are happening all around!

I will continue to update my blog as time goes on.  I actually haven’t set a goal as to how much weight I want to lose but I will know when I reach it 🙂 for now  I am just going to keep going!

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The new year–the new everything?

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I know it hasn’t been that long since my last blog but I wanted to post an update.  I have now lost 86.4 lbs since May 1, 2016.  What’s the phrase everyone uses?  “New Year New Me”  I can’t really say that because I was turning into a new me in 2016. However I am going to keep going and see a brand new me emerge at the end 🙂 Everyone talks about new year’s resolutions.  My weight loss journey is not a resolution.  It is a fact.  It is happening and I will not let anything get in the way of it.  My resolution is to be more positive about everything.  For example, I hurt my foot this past weekend.  It hurts to walk and that really sucks for exercising.  However, I am trying to be very positive about it and you know what.. after 3 days it is already feeling better.  I have also made a resolution to try to be less shy.  Those that know me probably wouldn’t believe I am shy but when it comes to certain situations, I definitely hold myself back a lot.  I need to work on that. I think as I gain confidence and believe that I deserve certain things in life, I will continue to become less shy.

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Yesterday I did my measurements and compared them to the beginning of May when i started all this.  From my waist, chest, hips and upper thigh, I have lost a total of 34 inches.  11.5 of that was in my waist alone!

This is not easy though.  I am not glib about it, just proud.  Every day, I have to think about what I am going to eat vs. the activities I am going to do to achieve the proper balance of calories, etc.   The easiest part, which I thought was going to be the hardest part, was giving up Coke.  For those that do not know me, I am the Coca Cola girl.  My kitchen is decorated in Coca Cola paraphernalia.  I am very brand loyal.  I do not like Pepsi or Dr. Pepper or any other of the brown colas.  I have been drinking coke since I was probably 5 years old.  I have loved it almost my entire life.  I thought for sure that I would have cravings for it.  The sad thing, I do not even remember what it tastes like.  My last coke was at the end of April.  I have not had any cravings for it at all. I thought by now i would be ripping apart the old bottles of  Coke that I have in my collection in my kitchen but I rarely even think of coke.  I am definitely lucky to have found and liked sparkling water.

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The scary thing for me is that I am less than 14 lbs away from getting a tattoo.  I said when I lose 100 lbs I am getting a tattoo.  I haven’t decided if I want one just on my wrist or down the outside of my arm.  I have an idea what I want to get but I want to wait and make it a surprise.  I am afraid of needles but I think this will be a final test of the strength I have been proving that I have all year.

Anyway this will probably be the last blog until I hit that 100 lb mark.  I will definitely post pics of the tattoo I will be getting.  Just don’t tell my dad 😉

My Christmas blog

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Merry Christmas everyone! Joyeux Noel! Feliz Navidad!  I thought this was a good time to write another blog.  I do have good news.  I was stuck for a long time at the same weight.  I was patient and kept working out and counting my calories and it is starting to pay off.  As of this morning, I have now lost 82.1 lbs since May 1!  I don’t think I am going to make my original goal which was to lose 100 lbs by the end of the year.  With just a week left in 2016, that is probably impossible now, but I am still proud of my progress.

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Holidays can be an especially hard time to maintain or lose weight.  It seems every corner you turn around, there is a plate of cookies or candy.  One thing that I have found is that is ok to “cheat” on your diet every now and then.  Don’t beat yourself up.  If you cannot enjoy the good things in life, what’s the point of living?  🙂  As long as you are not pigging out every single day, a treat every now and then is not going to sabotage any hard work you have done.  I think the important thing is just to be aware of what you are consuming and make good choices.

I think it is also important to set goals.  Keep in mind, however, that if you don’t meet your goal when you want to, it is very important not to give up. Not many people know this but I have decided when I do lose 100 lbs, I am going to get a wrist tattoo.  I am scared of needles and never thought I would do anything like that.  However, I never thought I could lose the weight like I did either.  I think it’s a fitting “reward” to myself.  I have an idea of the design I want but I will save that for a future blog when it actually happens 🙂

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Anyway, this blog is just a short and sweet update.  I hope Santa brings you everything you want!  Merry Christmas!