Dear Friends Who Love Me No Matter What,
Here is The Official Before Picture (May 16, 2010)
Oh gracious. Why didn’t anyone tell me I got so puffy. Okay, I’m glad no one told me. Otherwise I wouldn’t be smiling so goofy!
Honestly, I didn’t think I looked that bad until I saw this picture. But I felt sluggish. And, well, yeah. Puffy.
Which just about killed me. And it was Level 1. But today I made it to Day 24 and I finally stepped up to Level 3 this week. I still think I’m going to die but it’s usually on the third circuit not the first, so that’s a lot of progress. There’s a joke I read on a blog (sorry, I couldn’t find it again to link) that I love: “If there was a Level 4, then it would include a coupon for 30% off a coffin!”
Isn’t that the truth?
Anyway, I asked Max to take a picture of me yesterday and thought I’d share it with you. I’m celebrating the return of my collarbone.
Oh, plus I’ve lost 2.6 more pounds this week!
Yay, I’m gettin’ there!
Here are my stats:
Starting Point (Day 1 of the 30 Day Shred) – 163
Week 1 – 160
Week 2 – 158.6
Week 3 – 156.4
Week 4 – 153.8
If you want to read more about how I’m losing the weight, click on the category Sincerely Shredding at the bottom of this post. Or you could skip that and I’ll just tell you it’s the back-to-basics way: a balanced diet and exercise. I’ve managed my weight in the past with journaling and portion control but I’ve never been faithful with daily exercise. Or if I did exercise, I’d think I was entitled to a big, fat cheeseburger afterwards.
I’m a huge fan of the 30 Day Shred and Jillian Michael’s “system.” This workout is intense but it’s only 20 minutes and it’s effective. I’ve lost inches and I would love to tell you where but I don’t feel comfortable saying the word bust out loud.
Anyway, in conclusion, I love my online food journal (I use the free MyPlate version) and I am loving exercise for the first time in my life. Thank you, Jillian Michaels.
This week my challenge is to keep going with the Shred each day (excluding Sunday) and track my calories/make healthy choices so I can keep up with a 1-2 pound loss each week (my goal is 20 pounds). I also want to see if I can run the distance around our lake (about a mile). You have no idea how weird it is to type those words coming from me!
Thank you all for your encouragement the past month!
P.S. I can do 4 manly-man push-ups now.