I had wanted to get a post out on my 30th birthday, but it just didn’t happen. I had a great morning running errands with my daughters, which included a little bit of shopping which is always fun! We had our usual Saturday activities and so that included taking our four year old to dance class around noon. About that time a huge spring storm system moved into our area bringing lots of rain, thunderstorms, and possibilities of tornados. Originally, the plan was to drive an hour away to have my birthday dinner at “The Cheesecake Factory”, however due to the severity of the weather we decided to stay put and have dinner here in town.
So, we went to a steak house. One of my favorite steak houses. I will say that yesterday I blew my calories out of the water. By a long shot. However, I don’t feel *too* guilty about it. I know how to eat out at restaraunts and still stay within my calorie budget. This was a celebration and felt it is ok for this particular occasion to get the steak that I wanted, and not the entree that would stay within my calorie budget. I also didn’t get a chance to work out yesterday so, I didn’t have that working in my favor either. But, today is a new day and I know that I won’t be making this a habit. I am waiting until Tuesday (the day after tomorrow) before I step back on the scale again. I’m hoping that the damage won’t be too severe, but I knew if I stepped on the scale today the number would be artificially inflated due to water weight.
I cannot tell you how proud I am of my weight loss accomplishments this far. I have made much more progress in a shorter period of time than I would have ever thought possible before. I was terrified at the beginning of 2012 of turning 30 this year and still feeling miserable in my own body. I wanted that to end. I wanted to feel confident and beautiful in my own body. And I DO! It isn’t just about the number on the scale or the size of jeans I am wearing (though that helps!). It is about taking control back. Knowing that food doesn’t control me and that I am making good and healthy choices for my body. I can literally feel my body changing.
Along with being proud of my progress I cannot tell you how shocked I am to say that I now fit into a size 10 jeans!!!! I was trying to remember the last time I was in a size 10 and I honestly cannot. I believe that all through high school I was wearing a size 14-16, so it was probably junior high when I was last wearing that size. Now, they are definitely skin tight but I know that I will be losing more weight and that will give me some room before I go down another size or two.
Changing things up…
I feel the need to change up my exercise routine since I have been doing the same cardio work outs for the past nearly four months. I have been diligent in trying to challenge my body on the cardio machines I use, but I want to keep my body guessing and pushing itself harder. So, tomorrow I am going to start the couch to 5K program. This scares me a little. Mainly because the treadmill terrifies me. I know that to get the best work out I cannot hang onto the side rails and I am really scared that I will fall. To no avail, I am going to face my fears and take this on full force. I am also going to make a habit of going back to the group exercise class that I have written about here. It had been a challenge to keep going to this class mainly because it is in the middle of the morning on Mondays. But, I have added it to my personal calendar as an appointment for each Monday, so I am hoping this step will help me make it more of a priority.
So I have an eight year old daughter who is going to be playing in a micro volleyball league this spring (starting today actually). We signed her up in January and about a month ago we were told that her team still did not have a volunteer volleyball coach. As of this week they still did not have a coach. So, I volunteered. This is so something I would not have done 56 pounds ago. I still feel as though I am a little crazy for volunteering in the first place. I know only the very basics of volleyball and have not played on a volleyball team since I was in jr high. But, I wanted the girls on this team to feel included and not “forgotten” and wanted them to have a coach. So I am doing it. I am excited but scared to death at the same time. I will let you all know how it goes.
So, that is what has been going on with me over the past couple of weeks. How is your weight loss journey coming along?