So, my workout partner and I were in between a set of triceps extensions when she said with a big smile, “T, we really doing this.” I laughed at her excitement but also felt her genuineness about our commitment to being our best selves. We’ve really been listening to our bodies and to each other to figure out what’s working for us and what changes we still need to make both in the gym and in the kitchen to reach our goals. I’m so proud of us 😆.
And with that, it’s been four weeks since my weight loss journey reset, and it’s time to check-in😬!
First of all, I feel great! I’m still learning so much about myself and my body, yet I feel good about the direction I’m going in because my mind is not cloudy with doubt or excuses. It’s definitely been an easier journey for me to stay focused this time around just by doing what I set out to do. I literally had to change the way I think before putting my plan into action. Now, here I am a month later moving forward and not looking back! Let me just say, my husband loves my body as do I, so I feel comfortable knowing that my body goals will only enhance what I already have going on. It is not my goal to be thin but to be at a more healthier weight.
So, what are my body goals? Weigh 165 pounds and 32 inches in the waist, which would put me back at my college weight (before the babies 😩). Therefore, I need to lose 75 pounds and 20 inches – totally realistic and absolutely attainable, right? I haven’t set a goal date; however, because I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. After all, this is a lifestyle change not a race.
Where did I start? Well, like most, my new year’s resolution was to lose weight. So, on January 8th, I stepped on the scale and got going on my resolution. I weighed in at 240 lbs and 52 inches. My drive only lasted a month weighing in on February 8th at 235 lbs and 49 inches, a loss of 5 lbs and 3 inches! That’s great, right? But, I didn’t stick with it and honestly, I don’t know why 🤷🏽♀️.
Where am I now? On June 24th, I weighed in at 235 lbs and 47 inches. It’s pretty amazing that I was able to maintain my weight for 4.5 months and lose 2 inches without even trying. Today, on July 23rd, I weigh 231 lbs and 44.5 inches. A loss of 4 lbs and 2.5 inches this month and 9 lbs and 7.5 inches since January.
Honestly though, I’m slightly disappointed that I’ve only lost 4 lbs, and that was within the first week. I’ve plateaued for three weeks, and I’m sure it has a lot to do with my daily yoga and increased strength training. I’m increasing muscle mass faster than I’m burning fat or something like that 🤔😂. I’m still super proud of myself for maintaining consistency and not giving up for one second. Besides, losing 9 lbs overall is still a major win 🙌🏽. Hell, I usually struggle just trying to lose a couple of pounds.
So, let’s talk. How many times have you gotten back up after falling down? Are you pushing yourself especially when you hit a plateau? Are you celebrating your wins no matter how small?
Listen, the amount of commitment and discipline it takes to change your lifestyle is enormous and it definitely ain’t easy. It took me months to lose these pounds, but so what?! My YouTube yoga instructor says in just about every video, “Let go of any judgment you might have,” and she’s absolutely right! Don’t waste time on how many times you fell down. But did you get back up, though? Be in the moment and celebrate what you are doing right now! And, remember to keep going. . . because you’re worth it.