If you regularly read my blog, you probably know that I've been building some new healthy habits that include exercise and diet. You may also know that I've been close to my goal weight (doctor set and higher than weight watcher standards) for at least 6 weeks now. Well, I have good news! On Friday I reached my goal weight on the weight watcher scale. Happy Day.
I lost 20 pounds over 9 1/2 months.
So, we'll start with the 'after' picture. It's not my favorite photo (quick shot this morning by DH before leaving for work) but you get the idea.
And now for the 'before' pictures.
Here is a 'face' shot from summer of 2011
So around May of 2012 I started taking pictures of myself in my yoga outfit to do a true comparison of before and after.
So, do you want to know what I did to lose the weight? Well, first, I joined weight watchers (again.) WW is a great program where you make choices about food. So if you really want M&M's, you can have them, you just have to plan around it. I modified the foods I eat (less processed carbohydrates, more protein and veggies.) I also modified the portions I eat. I used to grab seconds all the time, now I'm much more aware of my hunger and satisfaction level and don't automatically grab for the spoon for more. Lastly, I increased my activity. At first, I was just doing yoga once or twice a week. Then in early March I started jogging. Later in the summer I started going to Zumba class once a week and in October I started going to a 5:30am spin class. My current schedule looks like this:
Monday: 45 min's spin class
Wed: 4 mile jog & Hot Yoga
Thurs: 45 min's Zumba class
Fri: 2 mile jog
Sat: Regular Yoga
Sun: 2 mile jog
Plus, most days I hula hoop for about 7 minutes.
So what did I do to celebrate? No, I did not go out to dinner!!! Ha Ha! Instead I went to Lululemon and bought a winter running outfit: Ice Queen Pants (fleece lined and oh so comfy) an insulated fleecy top and a fun headband. My jeans don't fit anymore so I also went to White House/Black Market outlet in Wrentham and got some fun new jeans with bling on the back pockets. While there, they had a fun silver/grey cardigan and white bling tank that were marked down to next to nothing so I had to get those too. It's so fun to buy clothes in size medium that fit well. Last year I would be in large and extra large sizes and even those would barely fit.
So, now we are heading into the holidays. I'll have to be focused on choosing my favorites and not going over-board with the sweets and rich foods. Thanksgiving I am running my first race: a five mile race in Whitinsville. It will take me over an hour to run it, but I'll do it and then I won't have to feel bad about eating a slice of pie.