Honestly, I started doing this as a way to help me stay motivated, and to hold me accountable, but it has been like a secret weapon along the way. If I slipped up and ate some garbage, I knew I'd have to admit it in shame. And while my readers are so supportive, it makes me feel like I'm letting you down when I report shortcomings. I know it's a part of life, and I have learned from each experience, but it is still a factor, and it does indeed help keep me on track sometimes.
So, here I am at the end of what I am viewing as my first hurdle, and here's what things are looking like from here:
|Day 1. I can't disguise how unhappy I am.|
|Side View. Start of my journey.|
|Back fat in full action. "before' photos|
|July 31,2011. 40 pounds gone. Well on my way.|
|Couldn't find less flattering lighting if I tried! July 31, 2011|
|Back fat still in action, but much less of it. I'm smiling even though you can't see it.|
Bust: 7 1/2 total inches lost
Chest: 5 1/4 total inches lost
Waist: 6 5/8 total inches lost
hips: 7 7/8 total inches lost!
And aprox 2 inches lost in all other measured areas. In May I also began measuring my "upper roll", the roll of fat above my belly button, just to make sure it was indeed shrinking. Since beginning to measure, I have lost 2 5/8 inches. I wish I would have measured from the start.
What I have learned in this time frame, has been priceless. I have learned that I am in total control of the situation, not because I had some magic "motivation" fairy dust, but because I want this. Bad. I've learned what causes my cravings, and am learning how to handle them without giving into them. I've learned that I am strong, vital, and quite unstoppable. And, I've learned that my investment is paying off now, and will continue to pay off in spades for the long run.
Thank you, thank you so sincerely from the bottom of my heart, for being part of my journey. I am only just getting started, and I'd be delighted to have you along as I barrell toward my next hurdle.