Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 2013 Stats & August Goals

Starting weight : 167 lb

Ending weight : 161.8 lb

Change : 5.2 lb lost (average 1.2lb lost per week)

This time last year : 168 lb (8 weeks pregnant)



This month was great and I surpassed my goal of 4lbs lost.  I'm back where I was almost exactly two years ago when I was on my biggest downswing and on the road to becoming a lifetime member.  If I was able to get to 148.2 lbs by Christmas then while not exercising as intensely and breastfeeding, I should be able to get there no problem if I stick to it. 

There are 20 weeks til Christmas and 13.6lbs to lose to make it to that goal.  That means an average of 0.7lb loss per week until then.  Going by that, I should be trying to reach a 3.4lb loss for the month of August.  Ideally, I want to be back at the upper level of my lifetime goal (157), so I'm going to shoot for that at 4.8lbs this month.  If I don't get there, I won't beat myself up since I've been doing so well and eventually the weight won't come off as fast.  If I get somewhere in between the two numbers I will be happy.



I was looking back at some old beach pics and wish I'd found this one yesterday before blogging about bikinis.  The one on the left with my brothers is from 2008 before I had either kid.  I feel way better about how I look now, considering my belly was worse before it was stretched out by two kids.  My goal is to look better at 30 (yikes, but still several years away) than I did at 16, 18, or even 20.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Taking the Bikini Plunge





A week before leaving for the beach, I had said that I wasn't going to wear my bikini at the beach.  I was at a lower weight than I'd worn them before, but didn't feel so great about myself.  I took them with me just in case.  A few kind words about my parents about how good I was looking (fully clothed of course) and I decided to take the plunge.  I only have one where the bottom was big enough so I did still wear my tankini as well.  Above is a shot of me lounging in that.



I know it's not great, but I take comfort in the fact that I've seen people who are quite a bit heavier than me wearing them and if they have the confidence, I sure can too.  My legs have never been great, and for only being four and a half months after having a baby my belly could be a whole lot worse.









 Two years ago, I weighed almost the exact same weight (down to 0.2lbs difference) and I was way more comfortable in my own skin.  It was, however, 17 months after Brady was born and all the skin had shrunk back into place.








I feel a whole lot better about things when I compare what I looked like after having Brady to now.  I wouldn't have even considered donning a bikini four months after he was born.  I was even wearing an XL tankini top.  On the left I was 183lbs four months after Brady at the beach, and the left is now at just under 162lbs.  Even though I started heavier this time, I made sure not to let the gain get out of control and have been working hard since being cleared for the gym.  I can be proud of myself for that.  Next year, I would like to be down 20lbs more than this year, which should be totally attainable if I hit my goal of 148lbs by Christmas.  I want to not have to be self-conscious and wondering what other people are thinking of me.  I've been obese and I should be proud that I can show off my transformation in progress.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Weigh-in for 7/19/2013

Last weigh-in (7/12/2013) : 163 lb

This weigh-in (7/19/2013) : 161.8 lb

Change : 1.2lb lost


Germany weight loss :
6.2lb of 19.8lb gained

Amount needed to get back to WW lifetime weight : 6.8 lbs



I am very happy with this number today as we get ready for a week at the beach.  Two years ago when we left for the beach, I was 161.6lbs, so I'm ecstatic to be almost exactly the same.  The first two years on program, I tracked at the beach and even went to meetings.  In over seven years, I've learned that you can indulge for a week and it won't kill you as long as you get back on track when you get home.  This is for the rest of my life and if I never got the chance to indulge once in a while, I'm sure I wouldn't be able to stick with it.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

July 2013 Measurements


Hips

  •  Last month (6/18/2013) - 45 inches
  •  This month (7/13/2013) - 43.25 inches

Waist

  •  Last month (6/18/2013) - 33 inches
  •  This month (7/13/2013) - 32 inches 
 
Thighs

  •   Last month (6/18/2013) - 23 inches each
  •   This month (7/13/2013) - 22.75 inches each 

Arms
  • Last month (6/18/2013) - 11.5 inches each
  • This month (7/13/2013) - 11 inches each


I think my favorite measurement to watch go down is the hips, which has always been my problem area.  The lowest I have ever gotten my hips was 40.5 inches, so hoping to push through that when I get back to pre-Germany weight.  Although I love watching the hips go down, it's likely the waist that's what will keep me from donning my bikinis at the beach in a week.  They fit and I have worn them at higher weights before, but the "mommy belly" is still shrinking back to normal.  It's not bad when I'm standing or laying down, but sitting down, there's some pooch and I'm a bit self conscious about it.  Maybe next year.  A small victory was that I was finally able to wear those size 12 bermuda jean shorts comfortably.  That was a goal I set for my self to do before the beach and I did it!  

I'm finally starting to get to a point where my measurements are lining up with the weight.  The last time I was at these hip measurements I was 163.4lbs (163 now), but the waist measurements are still off as I was 174.4lbs.  I'm starting to look at it another way, though.  That was when Brady was 9 months old, so my belly and waistline are shrinking much faster, no doubt a testament to my hitting the gym on a regular basis for the last three months.  It does a lot for my self esteem to be getting into a more comfortable weight range and wearing some of my clothes again.  I really hated wearing bigger clothes after Brady, I just didn't feel like myself.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Weigh-in for 7/12/2013 ~ Back at Brady's Pre-Pregnancy Weight!!!

Last weigh-in (7/6/2013) : 165.8 lb

This weigh-in (7/12/2013) : 163 lb

Change : 2.8lb lost


Germany weight loss :
5lb of 19.8lb gained

Amount needed to get back to WW lifetime weight : 8 lbs



My jaw hit the floor when I stepped on the scale this morning and I did the biggest happy dance ever!  I couldn't believe the number I saw and even stepped on again to make sure it wasn't a glitch (which I have had happen before).  I don't know what I did this week because if I did, I'd be repeating it every single week to get the same results!  I can't believe I'm now at Brady's pre-pregnancy weight, something that took me 16 months to achieve after he was born (and Izzie is only a little over four months old).  I have only 6lbs to go before I'm free at meetings again and get free etools.  I have until the end of August and it seems so doable now.  I have one more week before vacation and I would like to drop at least one more pound to make up for anything I might gain while relaxing by the beach.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Weigh-in for 7/6/2013

Last weigh-in (6/29/2013) : 167 lb

This weigh-in (7/6/2013) : 165.8 lb

Change : 1.2lb lost


Germany weight loss : 2.2lb of 19.8lb gained

Amount needed to get back to WW lifetime weight : 10.8 lbs


I got my butt into the gym three times this week and it paid off.  We had guests over on Sunday night, so we made things that aren't necessarily the best and ate out on Tuesday, but working out (while eating well the remaining days) did the trick.  The Fourth of July was this week, which usually means eating bad at family gatherings, but we stayed home this year, so it was a day in the gym and eating healthy.  To hit my goal for the rest of the month, the next two weeks I need to lose 1.4lb average per week.