Today is my one year Sparkversary!
I've come a very long way, and I've learned so very much. I started out around 285 lbs - I say around, because I wasn't brave enough to step on the scale when I first started. I may have lost some amount prior to first stepping on the scale.
I'm happy to say that I've released 62 lbs as of this morning.
Some of you who read my previous blog took my words to mean that I wasn't proud of myself, or of my accomplishments. Nothing could be further from the truth!
I RAWK and I RAWWR!
That was taken this morning, before leaving for work. Since I've given myself permission to focus on fitness, I've eaten more, and released almost 2.5 lbs since Saturday. C'mon, it IS my anniversary, so I had to weigh myself to have an official entry! Otherwise, I'm breaking the chains of slavery to the scale (thank you, Gayle) and I'm charging full steam ahead with my fitness endeavors.
Speaking of which.. 413 miles baby!
That's right, 413 total miles, walking, biking, and running combined, since May 5, 2010. The more exciting thing for me, though, is the fact that 220.58 of those miles have been logged since Jan. 1, 2011! More than half my total mileage in just 5 months, mostly running!
All that effort has helped whittle me down to the shape and size I am today.
Again, taken this morning. What you may or may not realize is that I am wearing my husband's old jeans. Size 38 x 32. Yes, the length matters, because remember, I've shrunk an inch or two somehow LOL
It's not necessarily a pretty picture there, with my stomach flap/gut showing so much - I do not show that part of me to anyone at all if I can help it. I LOVE THIS PICTURE! That flap/apron/gut is HUGELY smaller than it used to be. It will continue to shrink.
All of me will continue to shrink. I can see skinny me underneath the layer of fat that is covering my body. I can see a strong sleek thigh, with attached fat and skin. I can see growing muscles and more-defined tendons and veins in my arms and hands and wrists, aside from the extra padding. I have a dimple in my left cheek! My face cheek, yes! It wasn't there before, because my chubby cheeks were too full. Now, it's there, and it's cute! I can see a smaller more shapely torso, carrying the extra weight that is nearly separable - I can lift it, I can push it aside, I can see what I will look like one day without that extra fat and baggage hanging off me. I like what I'm seeing and feeling.
Don't you feel yourself up more often now that you're releasing, toning, getting in shape, getting fit? If not, I highly recommend it! Get a good grope on when you're in the shower. Appreciate your body, and the changes it's going through, thanks to your efforts, mentally and physically.
You guys, I am not quitting. I am not defeated. I am winning! I am charging ahead! I am kicking *ss and not even bothering to take names - I'm too busy running ahead to my next challenge!
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Thank you, Sparkguy. Thank you SP coaches. Thank you Spark friends and family. Thank you for being a part of my efforts to change my life. I am succeeding, and I will not be stopped.