Thursday, July 22, 2010

Being REALLY brave now.

I'm feeling brave today- so I think I'm going to share more than normal. Since so much of this is anonymous and that people who don't know me could read it- the fact that I'm sharing such personal info is daunting for me. Really.
I have decided to post a few pictures. The first is my sort of "Before" picture- which was just a few weeks after my youngest was born in November 2009. The 2nd one was just taken this past Monday. I don't have a recent full body shot- so this is a baby step. Maybe soon.

Dec 2009

Why no smile? I was being silly when I took it- no other reason.
I have cheekbones! :) And less chins!

I've lost nearly 60 lbs since November. I've never talked about my actual weight before, but my hope this month is to hit the 220 mark by July 30. Last Friday, it was 223. 220 is significant to me because that was my last official WI the week I found out I was pregnant with my 1st daughter- so I would be back to my pre-kids weight (which I have talked about before).

My next goal though is to lose that 20 lbs and get to 199.9 if that's what it takes to be under 200. My goal is to get there by Thanksgiving at or below 199. That's 4 months. I know it is feasible- but it will take focus and effort and determination. That would also be significant because it would mean I lost 80 lbs in a year.

Last note for today. At the gym today- I got on a spin bike for the first time ever. That was SO hard- but I did it - full effort - for 15 minutes. I was drenched in sweat! Then I got on the treadmill and ran for 25 minutes. A different owner at the gym said "You've been hitting it really hard here lately". So we talked for a bit about what I've been doing and he congratulated me on my efforts. It feels so good to be recognized that way.


  1. I'm so glad you're getting that encouragement from the people who work at the gym!

    Your face looks beautiful in both photos, but definitely thinner in the second. Congrats.... You're doing awesome. :)

  2. This is wonderful, Lola. I'm 150% percent behind you and here to cheer you on all you can handle while you reach your goals. The fact that you're getting out there, trying new things and just rocking the exercise, period, is awesome. I barely know you but am extremely proud of you.

    PS. You're a gorgeous girl!

  3. Thank you both! I really appreciate the feedback. This blog, for me- is really a journal for myself- but being able to share it with people who genuinely want to cheer me on has been fantastic.

    Huckdoll (I wish I knew your real name to call you by it LOL- btw, mine is Emily)- Earlier in life, I was very fit and athletic - so this is all my journey to get back to that point. Because I used to do all these things (swim competitively, bike, run, etc)- I sometimes forget my actual current size and think I can keep up with the athletes, but I think it helps push me too. And thank you very much for the compliment- as a 33 yr old mom of 2 small ones- feeling gorgeous doesn't happen often!