Saturday, September 7, 2013

I don't need your voodoo!

Although I'm uppsies from last summer it's still motivating to look at my before + now pic, because even though I'm up I am certainly not back at the start. 
Realising what just one pound of fat looks like puts into perspective what an accomplishment losing one freaking ounce is. It's easy lose motivation due to a skewed perspective. Keep going! Keep your eye on your goal. Your hard work WILL pay off!

For some reason people always want to recommend pills, powders and potions to me when they hear I've lost 40+ pounds. I've lost this weight without pills, powders or potions. You do not need to spend money to lose weight. I honestly feel like deciding to lose weight is viewed as vulnerable, and then you become a target for money grabbers. I'm losing weight and I certainly am not vulnerable. I've never felt stronger! Make changes for the long run and you don't need wraps, multi level marking processed meals etc. No thanks, I've got this under control!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

30 Day Shred

Last summer I hit my lowest weight and was just 10lbs away from my final goal. I also hit a mental block and really struggled with my new body image. I'd worked hard and adopted the attitude that if I avoided looking at myself I could be just as surprised as everyone else seeing me for the first time, healthy and happy. It didn't work - surprising other people is much more fun that freaking the life out of yourself when you don't recognise yourself any more.

I took a break to adjust and over a year put 20lbs back on, which I only really noticed when it came time to pull out the summer wardrobe I'd previously been perfectly comfortable in. Yoga pants over the course of one year had given me room to grow and I didn't notice the pounds clinging on.

I lost 60lbs from October 2010 to June 2012 by walking mostly. With a serious back injury I'd been afraid to push it any further than that, and to top that off I didn't want to jeopardize my milk supply - having had a baby in December 2011. 

I stopped nursing my baby in June this year and started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred at the end of July. No excuses. I wanted to focus more on toning for a couple of years but didn't know how to go about it. Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred is on Amazon for $1.99 instant, $7.95 dvd, and Level 1 is on Youtube - seriously no excuses! 

We completed 30 Day Shred today. I'm up 3lbs from my starting weight, putting me at exactly 20lbs up from last summer but seeing the results, inches have obviously been lost, the number on the scale doesn't mean as much to me now. 


My oldest brother is coming to visit me in 70 days, which is my new exercise incentive. 70 days gives me time to do two rounds of 30 day workouts OR one round of Insanity - which is what we're planning on trying at the moment.

I feel stronger than ever, physically and mentally right now and I'm prepared for the changes that will come in progressing to my final goal!