First of all, I want to apologize for neglecting my poor blog lately. I know I've gotten really bad about only posting my weigh-in results. Live has been busy and, well, as I've been reaching my goals, I haven't been as introspective about the journey as I was at first. Mostly, though, it's just been the busy thing. I hope that, as we settle into a more relaxed routine this summer, I can find a better daily routine that includes more time for blogging.
I've been very excited to reach some new non-scale victories lately. My favorites have been:
Getting my rings sized! I just picked up my wedding and engagement rings yesterday after having dropped them off at the jeweler to be sized...smaller! They were getting so loose that I was really afraid I was going to lose them. I was able to get them sized down an entire size smaller and, while they're now much more secure, they are comfortably snug -- not uncomfortably so.
The scale at the Y. I do my official weekly weigh-in in the mornings on my home scale. I always weigh up to 3 lbs. heavier in the afternoon, so it often takes the scale at the Y a couple of weeks to catch up to my scale at home. When I weighed at the Y on Tuesday, I was in the 160's there, too! That really excites me because I know that means I'm "really" there.
New clothes. I got a new shirt last week...well, new to me. Where did I get it? Out of my daughter's closet! Yes, it was really too big for her, being a large, but it fit me! I was so excited. I was also really afraid it might be too tight, but everyone I asked (my husband, my aunt, my daughter, my step-mom) assured me that it fit great and I got several compliments on how small I looked in it.
People are noticing. I've now lost enough weight that people everywhere are commenting on it -- from the managers of our favorite restaurants to friends and family that I haven't seen in awhile. That's a very exciting feeling!
Confidence. That's a big one. I really didn't expect my confidence to rebound as quickly as it has, but these days, instead of dreading meeting my husbands friends and co-workers, I'm very excited about it. I know I still have a way to go on my weight-loss, but I also know I'm getting there. Next week is my husband's company picnic and I'm actually excited about going and seeing people who haven't seen me since last year's picnic!
Another really exciting thing to me is having the end in sight. If I keep losing at the rate I've been losing (and I know it slows down the closer you get to your goal; I'm already seeing the slow down, but I can hope and keep working), I could be at my goal weight by Thanksgiving.
If you're like me and you've tried and failed to lose weight before, I know you've experienced the hope and the daydream, at the beginning of the journey, where you picture what it will be like to see friends and relatives after you've lost X-amount of pounds or after you've reached your goal. Then, you get frustrated, give up and don't reach the goal, thereby missing the "big reveal" moment. Well, this year, I'm actually going to get to enjoy the big reveal. Even if I'm not at my goal weight, I've lost a noticeable amount. That's exciting!
My biggest challenge so far this summer is keeping my activity level up and meeting my calorie burn. One of my favorite parts of the summer is having extra time for blogging (and email/Twitter/Facebook) and playing games online (I love Scrabble and Free Cell). However, being on the computer is a very sedentary activity. I have to keep reminding myself to get up and take a few trips up and and down the stair every so often.
So, what's been going on with you? Non-scale victories? Challenges? Goals met? I'd love to hear!