Saturday, September 27, 2014

It's a Journey, My Journey.

So I have pretty much always been a bigger girl, it's just not meant for me to be a size 4. Today, I'm okay with that. Since I had Brayden 5+ years ago and gained those 55lbs, about 40 of those pounds stayed around my thighs, waist, hips, calves...and so on since then. I stayed about the same for about 2 years or so, but when we started trying to get pregnant with Mollie Mae I started to gain. I think I probably gained about 12 pounds. During my pregnancy with Mollie Mae I only gained 28lbs, thankfully. I did not need to gain another 55lbs with her. After having her, within a month I had lost all of her baby weight, it had to have been water weight. While I was pregnant I had decided that after having her I was going to get on the ball of losing weight, mostly for my health. My mom and I would even laugh that if we went somewhere together that she was not going to let me ride in the car, I would have to run along side the car to where we were going. It always gave us a good laugh. I remained at the same weight for about 9 months and then decided I wanted to give the Advocare 24 day Challenge a shot. I started the challenge on Monday June 23, 2014. If you don't know, there's several pills you take with it. Anyway, during the week/weekend before I had gotten staph on my stomach and was on antibiotics for it. The Friday after I had started the challenge I had woken up to my body being broken out everywhere. I was red from head to toe! We had friends over that day, and my friend April noticed it and of course we all started freaking out.. I did not take the advocare pills for the next 3 days. BTW, I was fine! I just had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics I was on. Then Tad and I went to Nashville and I didn't do the pills for 2 days there, and I cheated BAD! So, that is 5 days I pretty much just cheated on. I added days on since I missed a couple days, so I finished the challenge on Friday July 18, 2014. I lost 8lbs during the challenge. I was happy but all these people I saw on Instagram losing like 12 and up got me a little discouraged. Then I realized most of those people were working out also, and I did no working out during the challenge. I joined the gym at the end of July(i think) and started working out. I started doing Zumba on Monday nights. About the middle of August I started going to the 5am bootcamp class on Monday and Wednesday's. Oh, during the challenge I learned to eat clean, so I kept that up once it was over. I weigh in on every Friday, I wish I could do the no-scale victory's but I need that every week. I need to see those numbers drop because hopefully they are dropping. Last Friday morning when I weighed, I could have shouted to the stars I was so happy! I had lost 4 lbs last week which gave me a total of 18lbs. I told myself that if I hit the 20lb mark on this Friday I would get me a milkshake and then of course go to the gym and work it off. On Wednesday, I could not wait...I just had to know if I had lost 2lbs or not. To much excitement I had lost 3 already... 21lbs people! I had exceeded my goal. I did not get a milkshake on Wednesday. On Thursday, I started thinking about it and decided to move it up to 30lbs for a milkshake. Friday, I did my normal weigh in and I was down another pound, total of another 4lbs this week. 8lbs in 2 weeks...I'll take that! I did forget to mention, that I am still using advocare, I have become addicted to it and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the chocolate meal replacement shake. I look forward to breakfast. As of Friday my grand total of weigh loss is 22lbs. I am FINALLY on the right track and theres no looking back! I have a long road ahead of where I need to be, but with God telling me I can do this... I can do this! ;) I am not ready to reveal how much I weighed to begin with but maybe once I hit that 50lb mark I'll be ready to share with all of you.
 This was taken about 2 days before I started the challenge.
 This was the day after I finished the challenge.
  Now don't get me wrong, there was some ice cream eatin', cake eatin', dr. pepper drinkin', and just plain ole bad food eatin' in there too. Ive had several bad eating days during this whole thing.

I made this little picture collage thing on Wednesday. The first picture was taken on Easter of this year and the second picture was me on Wednesday. Can you tell a difference. It really helps me this way to see it. Sometimes I can't tell at all, which gets me down and out. By looking at this I can tell and it brings my spirits up :)

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