I know after reading the last vacation post full of delicious food pictures you are probably wondering about that health journey I had mentioned a while back. I was really fearful about gaining back all the weight and inches that I had fought so hard to lose. I packed at least 3 pounds of healthy snacks like almonds, kind bars, and homemade granola. Up until the trip, I hadn’t tested myself to this degree. When I’m in Kansas City, It’s easy to have a couple bites at a restaurant and fix myself a more suitable meal or snack when I get home but that’s just not the case on vacation. In California, I definitely didn’t deprive myself of anything. The snacks came in handy and I made it a rule to only drink water. Jeff played a supporting role and offered to finish my plate so I wouldn’t be tempted by the food left on it. Those two things combined with all the walking we did really contributed to the continuation of my weight loss. When we returned to Kansas City, I weighed myself and was pleasantly surprised to see I had LOST weight.
This was such a pivotal point for me because I witnessed firsthand that I can enjoy myself without derailing everything I had worked for. It’s not going to be one meal, one skipped workout, or even two meals, or two skipped workouts that ruin your health journey or lifestyle. I used to spend hours on Pinterest perusing the fitness page looking for tips or answers. I knew what I needed to do but let fear and shame keep me from doing it. If anyone asked about my shape, I would immediately get defensive or blame my recent knee surgery for the new curve in my hips. It doesn’t help that Jeff loves me no matter what my size. If you are interested in losing weight, living a better life, or just having more energy you can do it! Before I made the Commitment to be a better version of myself, I had never lost a pound. I was slowly gaining weight and my size usually correlated with my strength; something considered a positive during my soccer career. Despite my athletic background this wasn’t an easy task. I never had to be disciplined in my eating habits because during each soccer practice, we burned well over 700 calories.
As mentioned in a couple previous posts, I signed up for an 8 week intensive boot camp just to give me a little push in the right direction. It was a great experience that did more than send me in the right direction, it led me a few steps away from my goal.
Here are my results as of November 28th:
Lost 11.2 lbs
Down 3.25 in from my waist
Down 3.5 in from my hips
Down 2 in from my chest
Improved my pushups from 25 (18 on toes) and can now do 26 in one minute (all of them on my toes)
Improved my sit-ups from 28 to 39 in one minute!
These are just the results from the Camp. I have actually have lost a total of 13.3 pounds to the date!
Later this week I will be featured on the Fusion Fitness Blog for my success during bootcamp. I will post the link when available! If you have any questions I will be more than willing to answer them. It was never my goal to lose a ton of weight or even to lose weight temporarily for the wedding. I wanted my clothes to fit again and to feel confident. I am comfortable where I am now and now look forward to maintaining. I used My Fitness Pal religiously during the beginning of camp but tapered towards the end. I knew that wasn’t a sustainable strategy for me, so now I will be playing around with serving sizes and just keeping small mental notes of what I eat.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that you aren’t going too crazy getting ready for Christmas. It was great to surprise my mom and see almost all of my extended family. Love Ya’ll!
More woes in wedding planning next; It will detail the adventures in completing a registry, picking a DJ, and designing a wedding website (which I will reveal!)
Thanks for reading!