6 Weeks In!

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!

You can see all the numbers here and the 3 week update here.

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!


  1. says

    I can see a huge diff in the pics. You are an inspiration! I’m ready to get on a toning frenzy. I’m currently the heaviest I’ve ever been when hubs has been so close to returning. You go girl!

  2. says

    Thank you soooo much! I’m sorry to hear that, but I know you can turn it around! Try some of the workouts posted on Pinterest. They are amazing and target a bunch of areas without being boring. I’m happy he’s close to returning though! Thanks again for your support!

  3. Sabrina says

    Nicole, you look AMAZING!!! The dedication you have is AMAZING!!!! You are just AMAZING!!! That’s all… :)

  4. says

    Sabrina, I’m going to go out on a limb and say you think I’m amazing? LOL. Thank you so much! It really means the world to me. <3 I FEEL amazing!

  5. Sabrina says

    Absolutely!! I may not have weight to lose, BUT I do have that extra (baby) skin to lose. I wish I was as motivated as you! Maybe I should just get with it and do it! No more excuses??

  6. says

    I definitely have my days where I do not feel motivated…trust me. But I have a deeper hope of showing my kids how to lead a healthy life. So that helps me keep going. Plus, I want to have a great body. So yes, no more excuses girl! Get it done! :)

  7. Jeralee B says

    Nicole, to get where you have from where you were physically and mentaly is an amazing feat. Truly an inspiration to anyone who reads your blog, and I do. you tell it like it is and don’t hide how you feel from one day to the next. So many women hide from themselves and others and create a terrible place within. So to you I say… YOU ROCK!! to everyone else, Take note from Nicole “Loving yourself is the best medicine for any ailment. Keep it up!