This weekend is the one year anniversary of the start of my journey. And what a journey it's been.
Last week and this weekend I did some shopping! It's so hard to stop! But come on everyone needs two pairs of jeans right? One to wear and one in the wash.... that's my excuse and I am sticking to it!
Here is my latest update photo.
While I've been quite strict on getting rid of clothes that are too big, I did keep my most comfy pants and my favourite top, so I could basically do this.
Pic 1 ME now! :D
Pic 2 pants and top doesn't it look like a clown suit, look how baggy the pants are at the feet.
Pic 3 showing how big the top is, biggest change is that my boobs no longer fill it out but they once did!
Pic 4 my belly also filled this out!
Pic 5 how did I ever fill these pants? It hasn't been long but it's very difficult even now to get my head around the fact that these pants were almost getting too small!
Pic 6 side view
Pic 7 yep that is ME in ONE leg..... now when people at work say I look half myself I understand why!
Why has this time been different, why have I been successful in a way that I never have been before? I have to say it's no one thing, it really is all the steps, decisions, choices and changes along the way.
One thing I have to say is that I really took some time to focus on what things happened in the past that would derail me, and as I came to these moments or situations I made a conscious choice to face them head on and get past them.
What are some of my top tips?
- Don't diet.
- Make lifestyle changes... it sounds cliche but it's because it works.
- Lots of small gradual changes DO build up into a larger overall change.
- Make a choice to lose the all or nothing attitude. One day of skipping exercise or eating chocolate is not what derails you, it's the choice you make the next day to chuck it all in that is your downfall.
- Find some support, friends, family, work colleagues, a counsellor, a trainer, an online forum.... it doesn't matter who or what just find someone who will support and listen too you! It's encouraging during the good times, it's essential when you are struggling.
- Start meeting friends for a coffee by going for a walk with them first, you can still talk and catch up... then sit down and enjoy a well deserved coffee.... but nix the muffin or pastry! ;)
- Be honest with yourself, if you hear the word but in your head, it's simply an excuse, throw it away!
- Get moving, the more you do the more you will want to do.
- Find something you really enjoy and then set some goals.... for me it's turned out to be running, so I've focussed on some fun runs, and joined a running group. It can be anything, dancing, swimming, some kind of fitness certificate... or even some kind of holiday like being fit enough to go skiing or light enough to go horse riding..... or simply being able to climb a flight of stairs without needing an ambulance at the top. Find what you love, set some goals and go out and get them!
So what are my stat changes I hear you ask....
The number results are:
Weight : 39 kg (86 pounds)
Bust: 24 cm
Waist: 39.5 cm
Hips: 40 cm
Thigh: 13 cm
Arm: 6 cm
This equates to a 30% loss of my bodyweight to date.
So while I still have some more weight I'd like to lose, this years focus will be more on fitness, I expect the weight loss to be slower and it will be a little trial and error to see where I feel comfortable and what I can maintain, as I haven't been my current weight since before I went overseas in 1995. Another 5 kilos and I will be around my general weight as a teenager. Needless to say no matter what my weight at the moment I can safely say I am the fittest I've ever been and I love that feeling! :D
I had hoped to hit the 40kg mark but I can't complain about hitting 30% right?! Two more weeks and I'll be there and I shall keep challenging myself and pushing myself outside my comfort zone because it is that which seems to encompass the biggest change! :D