If you remember, Miss Becky from One Strong Chickadee and I started a new journey on January 3. We have resolved to make 2012 a year to remember. And I think we are doing great so far!
Now, for those of you new to the blog, I started at 246 pounds in March 2010. I lost my first 100 pounds by January 2011, and actually got down to my lowest of 131 in August 2011. The weight kinda came back on over the next few months however and I ended up back at 151 on December 31st. I was really struggling with my body image – namely, my extra skin – and I sort of let my health fall on the priority list. I knew it wasn’t forever though, and I’m fortunate that my lapse only lasted really a few months.
Like I said – on January 3, we officially started our new challenge. I had already lost a few pounds in the first few days of 2012, so my actual starting weight is 146.8. That was 6 weeks ago. I’m measuring every 3 weeks, but I hope to take pictures every 6.
Over the past 6 weeks, I’ve lost a total of:
Bust – 1 inch (I actually gained back an inch here in the past 3 weeks but I am on my period)
Waist – 1.5 inches
Hips – 1 inch
Upper Arm (flexing) – 0.5 inch
Upper Arm (relaxed & down) – 0.5 inch
Forearm – 0.25 inch
Thighs – 1.25 inches
Calves – 0.25 inch
…and 7.6 pounds!
So how are things going? I’d say pretty dang great. I have kept up with the exercise, and I’m trying to incorporate more strength training into my regimen so I can get back my fabulous muscles. My food hasn’t been perfect, but overall, I am super proud. And Becky has helped me try new things, as I’ve posted all about on here. I think 2012 is going to be a great year for us, and I hope the same for all of you.
And now to the pictures. I have to be honest and say that actually posting these pictures is harder than the original set. I personally do see a difference, but what if you don’t? Well, I guess it doesn’t much matter. My stomach is still a mess, but it’s at least becoming a smaller mess.
My clothes are fitting much better and I just feel overall great. So, with that….here are the images!
In the first set, I decided to let my stomach/loose skin out above the top of my underwear. There wasn’t enough this time so it felt uncomfortable. So yay for progress! And for the record, I’m not sucking in on these pictures in case you were wondering!
At this point, I know it’s kind of hard to see the difference. But it IS there and I feel great about it!
I’m excited to see the progress in the next 6 weeks!
Happy Valentine’s Day!