Did you think I fell off the face of the earth? My apologies for not blogging for a couple of months...my heart just wasn't into it and I have been so busy with life..... but I am happy to report Im still alive & kickin and getting skinnier!! Wooo hooo!!! I decided to rename my blog as I have not been following the Belly Fat Cure for quite some time.I am currently following Weight Watchers program and am having great success with it so I will continue to do this plan until I reach my goal of 150# which I hope to attain by the end of this year. Its a lofty goal but I am up for the challenge! :) I feel that we are all in this together and regardless of whatever plan you choose to follow, its so important to have your friends backing you and thats why I decided to resume my blog again. I have "met: so many of you through our blogs and have made such dear online friends to me through my weight loss journey with a special shout out to Diana, Rosalie, Amber, Katie, Lindsey, Kay, Kasey, Helen & Lisa, & Minichick to name a few off the top of my head. (if I missed somebody, my apologies...I am just writing the ones who regularly blogged comments) I do hope to resume those friendships again and hopefully make some more new friends. Please feel free to leave your comments. I feel I have "been there" as I have struggled with my weight for most of my life and if my words or advice can help or inspire one person, it will be worth it! We are all in this together..."sisters" in weight loss for sure!!!
My starting weight, which was my highest weight EVER being NON PREGNANT was 218.5 and that was in March of 2010. I remember looking down at my scale that day and I cried because I couldnt believe that I had allowed myself to slip so badly to see a number that high on the scale. I was mortified!! I dawdled around & gained & lost the same 5-6# all summer, then saw a picture of myself at my parents 50th anniversary party and I remember being so horrified to look at those photos because that wasnt me. So my sister and I joined Weight Watchers Sept 18, 2010 & once again I dawdled around, not being TOTALLY comitted to losing and only lost 5#. I quit WW after a month and rejoined Dec 1st with the encouragement of my sister who was doing so well. And it was that day in Dec. that I made up my mind that enough was enough! My weight that day was 213.2. I got my head on straight again and made the decision that I was DONE with being fat once and for all....and when I made that decision & comittment, the weight began to come off. I guess my point here is, if you dont have your head in the game, you wont be successful. When you make up your mind that enough is enough, you too will be on your way!
Anyways, Im not sure what weight I was at my last posting but I am almost into the 170's now....my goodness, it has been FOREVER since I was in the 170's!!! I weighed 175 when I got pregnant with my oldest daughter over 15 yrs ago and I weighed 161 the day I got married. Isnt it funny how we remember our weights from so long ago but we cant remember what we had for breakfast?? lol...(sigh) Oh well, tis the perils of getting older I suppose! Anyways, My last weigh in at Weight Watchers this past Saturday was 182.8 and I officially hit the 30# mark with weight watchers and adding in the 5.5# I lost prior to joining I am down 35.5#. I cant even begin to tell you how great I feel!! I have been taking pictures of myself as I go along in my weight loss journey and I am really starting to see the difference in my body. I have lost 17.5 inches since last July. 6 inches gone from my waist, 6 inches gone from my midsection and the rest are small amts lost from bust, thighs etc. Although it is so hard to take that initial before picture and your measurements, I believe they are critical components to your success as sometimes the scale doesnt refflect the true story. When I dont feel like I am losing fast enough, I put on my old capris or shorts that I wore last summer that were a prefect fit and now they fall off of me or I pull out my tape measure & see if anything has changed or I will pull out those pictures and look at the one from August 2010 & where I am now and it gives me a new resolve to keep going. Now THAT is exciting stuff to see and it is validation that the hard work is paying off!!
Before photos Aug 2010
June 2011 26.4# lost
Me ~July 30, 2011 with 30.5# gone!
(realized too late that this black top isnt very flattering but you get the gist)
I will try to post some new pics here but I have to tell you, my photos that I post on the computer dont look as good as the ones that are in "hard copy" print. Not sure why, but for some reason it looks this way to me. The photos look somewhat distorted & make me look bigger for some reason. I do wish you could see the hard copies as they look so much better but you can look for yourself & hopefully see the progress.
With August now upon us and my 45th bday approaching in about a month and a half, I have set some small goals for myself that I would like to share. By the end of August, I would like to weigh 178. That would be the official 40# mark for me from my highest weight and by my birthday Sept 25th, I would like to be in a new decade of weight...the 160's!! I dont care if its 169.8, I will take it!! And as I said earlier, my ultimate goal of 150 I would like to see by Dec 31st. If it doesnt happen, thats ok, I will keep plugging away until I reach it, but its what I am shooting for.
I am sorry this is such a long post but Ive been away a while and wanted to get you all caught up. I hope you are all doing great!! I have truly missed you all and I hope that you will post a comment to let me know how you are doing on your weight loss journey. This is a lifestyle for me now and my 45th year is going to be the metamorphosis of me!!!
Have a wonderful day my friends!!
Hugs to all!!