Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Measuring Success - 9/30/16

The end of next month makes a whole year on this journey of mine. Since I'm pretty close to that mark, I'm going to do this month's update a little different. That and, let's be honest, there haven't been that many changes.

November is a rough month for me, weight-loss wise. It's my birthday and Thanksgiving. Then right after that, we roll right into party season. I don't cook as much and I definitely eat more. And I've eaten like total crap lately. Early on, I decided to give myself a break this month and made it my goal to just not gain any weight. I didn't even try to lose weight, just tried not to gain it! Given everything that happens in November, I felt that was pretty reasonable.

Instead of my usual tracking of changes (you'll get some, if you care), I've decided to post what I'm most thankful for on this journey and how that has changed.
  • I'm thankful for a ton of support. My husband supports me and tells me all the time that he's proud of me and that he never thought I'd get to this point. I have my gym friends that support each other and even the instructors are supportive while kicking your butt. When I started this, it felt like it was me against, well, me. So much of weight loss and getting healthy is all you and sometimes it's nice to be able to lean on others once in a while. 
  • I'm thankful for pants that fit. That seems ridiculous, but until you've been without pants that can stay up on their own or had pants dig into you because you refuse to go the next size up, you won't get it. The struggle is real. 
  • I'm thankful for a body that keeps going. I push it, hard. A lot. The week of Thanksgiving, I worked out 6 days in a row. Before Burn, I would do two, possibly three days a week and thought I was doing a lot. Ha! If that me could see me now!
  • I'm thankful for people that read about my journey. It helps to know that you're not in some vacuum, that there are other people on their own journeys. I've had people tell me that my blogs help remind them to go work out or that it inspires them. Truthfully, that just inspires me! 
  • I'm thankful for Victoria's Secret and sports bras that actually support you. Cause down dog sucks when your face is in your chest. 
  • I'm thankful for all the little changes. Somehow, I think God is using this to teach me patience because Lord knows it hasn't been instant gratification. But I've found other ways to find success and to be proud of myself. I've always been my own worst critic, but this journey has taught me to find the good things.
  • I'm thankful for how it's changed me. This journey, the working out, the change in diet, has made a fairly significant impact on me. I'm more confident. I look forward to coming to the gym and getting a good butt kicking. I'm less stressed out and more ready for what's coming next. Yoga plays a big part of that, but so do the other classes and exercises I do. Yoga calms the mind and body and the others help rev your soul back up to tackle the next thing. 
So. Changes. 

I lost a whole 0.2 pounds this month! And then I gained it back over Thanksgiving. But I'm still claiming that 0.2 pounds! That makes a total of 19 pounds lost overall.

My measurements stayed about the same.  I actually gained some on my arms (0.25 inches) and thighs (0.25 inches).  My arms have tightened up, though, so I'm pretty sure that's muscle.

I really didn't think there was that much change, but you can see some change in my arms and face. 11/8 and 11/29
Plateaus are necessary in this journey.  You can't have a ton of crazy months without your body playing catch up. At least that's what I tell myself. It's also important to give yourself some grace along the way. I sure didn't put all this weight on my body overnight, so it's not going to come off overnight. It's also important to remember that your body also changes each time you lose or gain weight. Every time I've lost weight, I look different. For example, the last time I was a size 12, I was about 20 pounds lighter than I am now. I didn't work out as much, so I didn't have as much muscle. The human body is truly fascinating.

Overall, I'm happy with November. I've eaten like absolute crap, but thanks to working my butt off in the gym, I've managed to do a good amount of damage control.  I'm hoping to end this first year of this journey with a bang in December. Even if it's not a ton of change, I'm still going to be damn proud of myself. I know where I started and I'm oh so proud of where I've come.

What about you? How's your journey going? How did November treat you?

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