I've been working harder the last several days because I have 3 big things coming up. It's the midway point for Waist Watchers (though I don't think they're going to ask us to come to the station, now), it's the one year anniversary for when I met my biological parents, and my girlfriends and I are having a sleepover (you're NEVER too old for one).
I've been getting in at least 2 and sometimes 3 cardios every day and sticking close to the Sexy Meal Plan (formerly the Dreaded Meal Plan). My hard work is finally paying off. Hubby said he's noticed a difference and a friend of ours said he could tell I had lost weight. Yesterday, Carson gave me a hug and did his usual squishy fat test...he said it was smaller!! AND! I got catcalls from the garbage men (which, at least my girlfriends said counted, Douglas just said "It's a start."). The best part is I FEEL thinner.
So, why do I love my scale? I'll tell you! I bought it not long after we moved, about two years ago. I chose it very carefully liking how I could program it to keep track of my weight. It also computes my BMI but since I've remained in the safe range, I don't pay much attention to that. My original weight was 123.8. That wonderful number popped up with an "up" arrow while my weight climbed. The past couple of months the arrow has been pointing down. This morning I got on the scale and held my breath.
Oh, wait, I need to tell you this first. You really shouldn't weigh yourself every day. At the most, every week, but it's best to weigh yourself once a month, in the morning and in your birthday suit. Weight will fluctuate and weighing yourself everyday can make you frustrated and more likely cause you to give up. I know, I should follow my own advice, but this is one of those "do as I say not as I do" moments. Don't worry; my kids have to deal with that all the time.
Oh, back to my scale. So I got on and held my breath. You know, actually, measuring yourself is better especially if you are weight training (haha, do you feel like you're watching American Idol?). Muscle weighs more than fat. I've noticed some moms in the Sexy by Summer contest who are weight training and are frustrated because they're not losing weight. I do both. And I measured this morning again after getting off the scale. Are you ready for the results now? Are you sure?
Ok, no more suspense..........(insert drum role here)..............123.4!!!! Yay! Go me! Go me! Go me! Ahhh… and the measurements? Since March 1st, I've lost a total of ..............(insert second drum roll here)................8 inches! Oh, yeah, that's right. Eight! Count 'em – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Eight. Since the beginning of Waist Watchers in February, I've lost 12.2 pounds. But, since the beginning of Sexy by Summer in January, I've lost 15.6 pounds! I'm really very proud of myself. I can't wait to strut my stuff into AnyTime Fitness for my next training session. Douglas hasn't seen me since I weighed 128 pounds. We'll see if he notices!
Slacker Fattie Tip – Slow and steady wins the race. I'm NOT a patient person. I wanted the weight off quickly. That doesn't happen. It takes hard work, dedication, and most of all TIME. Keep working and it will happen!
Sexy Meal Plan Tip – Grill and Mrs. Dash. These are now two things I can't live without. I grill veggies and meats on my little George Foreman grill and season them with Mrs. Dash which has no salt or MSG. I love chicken breast, tuna (yes, I grill it even though it's out of the can), hamburgers (4% fat), onions, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower. Yummy!