Healthy Image Challenge – 4 weeks in!

Healthy Image Challenge – 4 weeks in!
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So how is it going everyone?  4 weeks!  I’m so proud of you guys for still being with me!

It looks like there has been some good progress made for some of us, and even if not, this week can be a great one.  Stay with us!

And just remember, WHEN (because you will) you make it the whole 24 weeks, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

(Side note – I’m sorry the picture sizes are never uniform.  I can’t seem to master that in Blogger!)

Nicole, age 30

My goal is to get back in shape and lose the excess weight I’ve gained this past year.  I’d like to regain my muscle definition as well.  I want to stop binge eating/snacking constantly and I want to exercise 5 days a week.  Mostly, I want to see myself for my beauty and not for my flaws!  And I want to have a healthy relationship with food and exercise instead of it being about my weight or size!

Starting info (9/30): 
Weight: 157 lbs 
Bust: 39″, Waist: 33″, Upper Arm: 13.25″, Forearm: 9.25″, Hips: 42″, Thigh: 24.5, Calf: 15.75″

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2 weeks in (10/14):
Weight: 154 lbs 
Bust: 38″, Waist: 31″, Upper Arm: 13″, Forearm: 9.25″, Hips: 42″, Thigh: 24, Calf: 15.5″

So the past two weeks I’ve been doing well with WHAT I’ve been eating, but I’ve had a few days of total overeating in general.  And I’ve absolutely sucked with cardio.  I have to work on that!
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4 weeks in (10/28):
Weight: 155 lbs 
Bust: 37.25″, Waist: 30″, Upper Arm: 13.25″, Forearm: 9.5″, Hips: 41.5″, Thigh: 24, Calf: 15.25″

I’ve done great with cardio and strength training this past week, but I indulged in candy a bit too much. I’m just going to keep at it!  I am noticing a difference in my measurements, even if my weight isn’t changing.  Can’t wait to report back in two weeks!  

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Jessica, age 30


I am participating in this challenge for a few reasons. 1. I just turned 30 and just can’t keep making excuses for why I am overweight. 2.ACCOUNTABILITY 3. My main goal for right now is to get under 200 lbs. (Will be throwing a huge “Under 200 lbs” party when this is accomplished~all are invited :) haha)

I actually started my weight loss journey 27 days ago, but at this point will only be “weighing in” once a month. I really don’t want to base this whole journey on weight, but on how I feel. I really would love to get to where I’m not exhausted after 3 minutes of activity and eventually run a 5k. I know I have muscles in here somewhere, I just need to locate them asap lol!

Looking forward to sharing this journey with everyone!

Starting info (9/30):
Weight: 276 lbs
Bust: 46″; Hips: 54.5″; Upper arm: 19.5″; Forearm: 13″; Thigh: 31″; Calf: 19.5″

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2 weeks in (10/14):
Weight: 264 lbs
Bust: 47.5″; Hips: 54.25″; Upper arm: 17″; Forearm: 12″; Thigh: 29″; Calf: 18″

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4 weeks in (10/28):
Weight: 256 lbs
Bust: 45.5″; Hips: 51″; Upper arm: 16.5″; Forearm: 10.75″; Thigh: 30″; Calf: 18.5″

I have been struggling the past few weeks. I’m seeing the change, and while I’m excited at that fact, I’m seeing the skin hanging worse on arms, legs, and stomach. I’m trying to stay positive in the fact that I’m changing my lifestyle and becoming a better me..but at the same time I question if I want to be “skinny” with a crap ton of saggy skin or “fat” with not so saggy skin. I know this is all about having a healthy image of ourselves, and I’m really really trying!

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Cassie
Starting info (9/30): 
Weight: 214 lbs
Hips: 48″; Waist: 44″; Bust: 44″; Forearm: 13″; Thighs: 24″


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2 weeks in (10/14):
Hips: 47″; Waist: 44″; Bust: 44″; Forearm: 13″; Thighs: 24″

I’ve been going to the community center here and doing random work out videos the first week. The second week, I haven’t done much since we’ve all been down with some kind of virus. I’m hoping everyone starts feeling better soon. I’m ready to get back to it. :) Not much change, except my hips. =/ 

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4 weeks in (10/28):
Weight: 214 lbs
Hips: 45″; Waist: 42″; Bust: 40.5″; Forearm: 12″; Thighs: 22″

I recently started doing P90x the last 10 days. Which I love and hate at the same time. lol I’m also going to the community center for cardio every other day. Now if I could work on my resistance to chocolate I would be a whole lot better off. I’m getting better at walking away and not buying it when I go to the store. My weight hasn’t seem to gone down at all but I’m still losing inches off my body. Thank goodness, I’m taking measurements or I would probably would have given up.

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Jessii, age 30

My name is Jessii and I have been on a weight-loss journey for 13 months now. I am getting myself into the best shape of my life, after being overweight and obese my entire life.  I started out at 217.8 pounds, so I have lost 58.6 pounds since September 1, 2011.  That is awesome.  But I have been having a hard time lately. I’ve been giving into temptation and I have been sick a lot, so I have not been exercising like I need to be.  I’m still doing good with my weight and keeping pretty constant, despite these setbacks. But I need to get my head back in the game. I have 31.4 pounds left to lose to get to my final goal weight and I am DETERMINED to get there before my next birthday (March 25).  So this blog is going to help me stay accountable to myself!  Thank you for allowing me to have another way to keep myself accountable. I am also hoping that, by putting my photo on here, I will start feeling more comfortable with my body. I am still finding myself focusing too much on what I see as my problem areas, instead of focusing on the major changes I’ve undergone.

Starting info (9/30): 
Weight: 159.2 lbs
Upper arm: 12.25″, Forearm: 9.5″, Chest: 34.75″, Waist: 36.25″, Hips: 41.5″, Abductors: 36.5″, Thigh: 22.25″, Calf: 14.75″


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2 weeks in (10/14): 
Weight: 161.2 lbs
Upper arm: 11.75″, Forearm: 9.75″, Chest: 35″, Waist: 37″, Hips: 42″, Abductors: 40″, Thigh: 21″, Calf: 15″

I gained on almost all of them, but I’m not worried. I did my own measurements this time (my husband typically does them for me), so I’m sure there’s a bit of room for error there. And, I have to say, I have been ROCKING my workouts this month! Yesterday was the first day ALL MONTH that I haven’t gotten in at least 31 minutes of exercise… And it was only because I was very sick. I am very excited to see what my measurements are on the 30th, which is my 30th day of doing ChaLEAN Extreme.

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4 weeks in (10/28): 
Weight: 160.9 lbs
Upper arm: 11.625″, Forearm: 9″, Chest: 34.75″, Waist: 38.125″, Hips: 42.25″, Abductors: 37.875″, Thigh: 21″, Calf: 15″

I think I am going to try weighing myself just once a month starting next Wednesday (that is my first 30 day mark for ChaLEAN Extreme). I have been driving myself absolutely bonkers with the scale this month. I am still only weighing in once a week, but I’ve had a really hard time seeing my numbers. I know my eating hasn’t been 100% where it needs to be, but I’ve been putting in some major amounts of exercise, so I really expected to see a significant drop in weight this month. But that hasn’t happened, so I’ve been feeling pretty bummed. I think weighing myself just the one time a month will *hopefully* help me feel better about that and not depend so much on the scale. Weigh-in days will also be my real measurement days, so I think that will help too.

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Sarah, age 27

I made the leap to participate for a few reasons, but the big one is for the SUPPORT and ACCOUNTABILITY! I am also getting married next June and have a dress I bought years ago. I ‘tried’ to fit into it for my previous marriage…ok I didn’t try at all. But in a way I’m glad I didn’t, I’ve found the true love of my life and my mission is to wear that dress for him!!! I want to be back in control of my life, I want a happier and healthier life…they go hand in hand!

Thank you again for starting this challenge! I’m so excited to see how we all change our lives and how we feel about our bodies!!!

Starting info (9/30): 
Weight: 225 lbs
Bust: 47.5″; Waist: 44″; Hips: 52.5″; Thighs: 29″; Arms: 16.25″


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2 weeks in (10/14): 
Weight: 221.8 lbs
Bust: 44″; Waist: 40″; Hips: 50.5″; Thighs: 26.5″; Arms: 15.5″

The first week I did a really good job of staying on track not only with my exercise, but with my eating habits. I gave myself plenty of time to pack my dinners for work and documented my choices diligently.  The second week…not so much. I struggled with fast food cravings and ended up giving in a couple times which limited my progress. I did still incorporate exercise in multiple times this week and I am happy with the inches lost! I’m ready to re-group and buckle down on making sure I have healthy satisfying options for meals so I don’t give in to emotional and excessive eating!

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4 weeks in (10/28): 
Weight: 220 lbs
Bust: 43″; Waist: 39″; Hips: 50″; Thighs: 26″; Arms: 15″

I was happy to see some progress, and in my opinion a visible change in my pictures, though I need to really rev up my excersize!!! Still, an inch is an inch…and loosing an inch from each category was progress enough for me to keep pushing through!!! I can feel my clothes fitting more loosely or at least more comfortably and was soo excited when I got to shop for a couple sweaters for the season and fit into XL ladies instead of having to look in the plus size section!!! Feeling a lot more energetic, now to just focus that energy to working out more!!


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Christine

Starting info (9/30): 
Weight: 249 lbs
Arm: 15″; Thighs: 27.5″; Waist: 51.5″; Chest: 47″


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2 weeks in (10/14): 
Arm: 14.5″; Thighs: 27″; Waist: 51″; Chest: 46.5″

I’ve been working out with Cassie at the community center here. The second week I was also down with the virus. Hoping to be better soon. 

4 weeks in (10/28): 
Weight: 230 lbs
Arm: 13.75″; Thighs: 25″; Waist: 48.5″; Chest: 43″

I’ve been going to the community center for cardio and doing P90x with Cassie.  Thank you for starting this challenge. I find myself watching my food intake more and push harder through my work outs.

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Kelli, age 36

I am a 36 year old mother of 4. I have yo-yo’ed my entire adult life. I am seriously tired of it, and want to be a healthy role model for my girls. Beginning January first I started a new quest to finally get this done. I began to track my calories, gave up cokes (all pop), and slowly started working out. At the beginning of September I was at 159, and have slowly seen some old habits creeping up…along with my weight. I want to FINISH this time, so I took the leap to use this as an accountability measure. Here goes nothing.

Starting info (9/30): 
Weight: 164.6 lbs
Chest: 38.5″; Waist: 36″; Hips: 41″


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2 weeks in (10/14): 
Weight: 163 lbs
Chest: 39″; Waist: 32″; Hips: 40.5″

Eating still erratic with way too much sugar, but workouts have been banging! Training for a 5k & a 10k. Going cold turkey on “obvious” sugar this week! Gonna kick sugar’s ass!!!!!

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4 weeks in (10/28): 
Weight: 163.4 lbs
Chest: 38.5″; Waist: 32″; Hips: 40.25″

Ran a 5k almost 5 minutes faster than my last one a week ago!! Woohoo!!!! Sugar is still kicking my butt though. I need an intervention quickly!!

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Wendy, age 48

I’ve dieted and exercised on and off since I was a teenager. (We did aerobics to Jane Fonda then). I eat for the wrong reasons and don’t exercise enough to keep the fat off. I especially dislike my double chin, my sad attempts to smile, and my thunder thighs. I would like to change my body image so that I’m satisfied with the body and soul God has given me each day.

Starting info (9/30): 
Height: 5’ 3.5”; Weight: 146 lbs
Bust: 37”; Upper arm: 13.25”; Forearm: 10”; Waist: 36”; Hips: 42”; Thigh: 24”; Calf: 14.5”


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2 weeks in (10/14): 
Weight: 148 lbs
Bust: 36”; Upper arm: 13”; Forearm: 9.75”; Waist: 37”; Hips: 42”; Thigh: 23.75”; Calf: 14.75”

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4 weeks in (10/28): 
Weight: 147 lbs
Bust: 36”; Upper arm: 13”; Forearm: 9.75”; Waist: 37.5”; Hips: 41.25”; Thigh: 23.5”; Calf: 14.75”



Well, I’m hovering over the same place. Need to make more significant changes. I tried the online version of Weight Watchers years ago, but I’m thinking of going to meetings. Not sure I can devote the time and energy. Also, will I end up back at this place if I discontinue meetings down the road?

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Richelle

Starting info (9/30): 
Weight: 201 lbs
Bust (w/ sports bra): 41″; Above Navel: 44″;  At Navel: 42.25″, Hips: 46″, L Thigh: 28″, L Upper Arm: 14″; L Forearm: 10.5″


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2 weeks in (10/14): 
Weight: 199.8 lbs
Bust (w/ sports bra): 41″; Above Navel: 43″;  At Navel: 43″, Hips: 46″, L Thigh: 28.5″, L Upper Arm: 14″; L Forearm: 10.5″

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4 weeks in (10/28): 
Weight: 203 lbs
Bust (w/ sports bra): 41″; Above Navel: 45″;  At Navel: 43″, Hips: 46″, L Thigh: 30″, L Upper Arm: 14″; L Forearm: 10.5″

Still need updated pictures :)


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If you’re reading this and you’d like to join our challenge, that is no problem. You can get in on the next update. Just please note that you will only be eligible for the love and support – not the gift card. :)