Thursday, December 11, 2008

Avoid any diet that discourages the use of hot fudge. ~ Don Kardong

It has been awhile since I have chatted about my weight loss adventure. I was getting frustrated for while and decided not to worry about it so much. Then I discovered...This may actually BE my year to get skinny. I have lost a wee bit over 40 pounds the last few months!!

I haven't really been watching what I eat. I am a cook, a baker, and a mommy so personalized green salads aren't happening everyday. :) I still enjoy deliciously, bad for you food but one thing has changed. I have been swimming. I try to go 3-4 times a week for at least an hour. I found a great pool that isn't very crowded so I can do my chubby girl laps. Yeah, there won't be any gold medals for this mama anytime soon. Perhaps swimming is what my body needs right now.

It is weird losing weight. I haven't really been able to see it. When I look in the mirror I notice my face is a bit thinner but my body looks the same. But today at physical therapy while I was doing strength training I saw it. I actually stopped what I was doing to stare at my body. Wow. It was amazing. My legs look thinner, my hips look thinner I couldn't believe it. So, I turned to look at myself sideways. My stomach looks thinner!!! Now, I am still a chubby mama with a long way to go but this has given me some serious incentive.

Speaking of incentives, I have decided when I lose 10 more pounds I can buy some new pants. All of my pants can be slipped on and off without having to unbutton or unzip them. Including the pair I used to refer to as my "skinny jeans"!! Now, that is a good feeling!! I showed this trick to Sean and offered up his ski suspenders! :)

Just to give you an idea of how far I have come here are a few pictures from when I was my heaviest to now. Not too bad! I think I am doing a pretty good job!

This was taken in Tulum, Mexico 2006 - It is strange to think I had gotten so big. Sure, It hadn't even been a year since I had had Agnes but come on! Never again will this happen to me. It makes me sad.

These were taken at a tree farm down the road from our house.

I think I look like a completely different person. I look so much happier.

Well, that is my fat girl update. Pretty exciting wouldn't you say?!?!


Dale said...

That's terrific! Well done.

Aunt LoLo said...

Oh, Mama - the before and after pics are awesome! Good for you. When I got married, I got the jitters...and kind of stopped eating altogether for a few months. Coupled with a neurotic love of home exercise dance videos, I was one hot bride. I was pregnant within two months, and came out the other side bit plumper. I got pregnant the second time when my first baby was about 18 months old...and I still had about 10 pounds from the first baby that I had always INTENDED to lose, but never got around to it. Now, days from delivering my second, I keep thinking, "Wouldn't it be marvelous to have the body, and ENERGY that went with it, while I'm chasing two munchkins around the house?!"

Isn't it so much easier to make weight loss resolutions for "next year" rather than today? ;-) Good on you for finding some exercise that works and STICKING TO IT. You look great!

Tamara said...

You ROCK! You look great!

Jody said...

You are doing SO great - keep it up!!! Don't stop!!! :)

Chantelle said...

You look so good. Good on you. xx

Elra said...

Oh Michelle, I am ever so happy for you. Keep up the good work, and never give up, okay.
I wish you all the best!

Jenny said...

That is very inspiring! Thank you for updating. I've been checking in on this blog every week or so.

karen said...

congratulations! you look great!