Small Victories

Way back in March I wrote about how I started cleaning up my eats. I was frustrated with myself for getting back to a weight I vowed I would never see again. And honestly, I really only had myself to blame. I was running so much and kicking ass in the gym but I was rewarding myself with so much food.

You know the mindset, “oh I worked out today … I can totally have a cookie (read: ALL the cookies).”

After my disastrous display at the half marathon in March, I said enough is enough and I’ve been working diligently to lose weight ever since.

This process always seems to move at a snails pace and while I’m still a ways away from where I would like to be, I have been celebrating some small victories.

Source

Let’s take a look at a photo of me at the end of February for reference.

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Thank you Chris for capturing the above picture. Readers, he is available to capture your more awkward moments should you wish to commemorate them on film :)

Clothes had become tight and uncomfortable and ugh. I was miserable with myself but I was the reason why things became out of control. That sounds sort of dramatic, the reality is that it was winter weight. It was a long, cold winter spent with comfort food.

So, I started focusing more on what I ate rather than trying to work off all the junk I was consuming. I waved goodbye to junk food (candy and ice cream) and cut back significantly on the processed foods.

The result? I feel great!

I am not as bloated and I’ve started noticing that certain foods (white bread) make me really puffy when I eat them. Seriously, I look about six months pregnant after I eat a piece of a baguette.

I bought and wore my first pair of jean shorts (#jorts) for the first time in my adult life. I’ve had a weird stigma about them for myself for a long time so this is definitely a win!

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Memorial Day weekend

I’ve been wearing bikinis again. Last summer, I was so self-conscious about my tummy that I stuck to a tankini or just didn’t go to the pool at all. I bought a few new ones for the cruise so I’ve been going to the pool a lot to work on my ‘tan’.

If you’re interested in following along, I take progress report pictures that I post on Instagram (@passionandgiggles).

It’s really only some minor changes, no dramatic transformations here. I started incorporating more weights into my exercises and worried less about doing cardio all week since I typically hit 10,000 steps per day. I’m far away from six-pack abs and a ripped body but that isn’t what I want for myself. I want to be in the healthy range for my BMI and to have a healthy body fat percentage. At my current weight, I am neither but I am getting closer. My goals are a little more within my reach. I just need remember to stay positive and not stress too much about it.

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