8 weeks - it really doesn't sound like much does it?? 8 weeks ago I agreed to join this BL competition at work because some gals at work asked me too. I saw it as a good opportunity to lose the weight I gained from a stressful year end and the holidays. I would say the last 5 months of 2011 was an eating free for all! I don't know if all the working out I did in the beginning of the year burned me out or I just stopped caring...all I knew was my clothes were tight and soon enough I wouldn't be able to wear my beloved black hoodies to hide my growing muffin top.
So my goal was to AT LEAST get down to my lowest weight before the gradual gain of 2011.
GOAL ACCOMPLISHED - 22 lbs lost (and hopefully never to be seen again)
As I was driving into work this morning, I was thinking about how hard I had to work to get that weight off....weeks of eating right, not eating out, exercising 5 days a week....I'm exhausted...and the pathetic truth is some days I wanted to burst into tears! *sniff sniff* I ran 3-4 days a week and would attend hour long zumba classes at the community center. Zumba was probably the only thing that kept me sane. Love me some Zumba. It's like club line dancing. I also met with a trainer from our gym at work once a week for strength training.
I still have about 17 lbs more to go, but that sure sounds better than 39 lbs. So you know what helped me keep my motivation?
(motivation for my lazy booty board)
Whenever I would feel zero desire to get on the treadmill, I would get online and look at the things I pinned for that extra bit of encouragement I needed. Here are a few of my favorite pins that helped me along.
For those that are and have always struggled with weight, you are not alone :) It's the one addiction you have to learn to manage. Unlike other addictions (i.e. drugs) you can't quit eating and survive. You CAN quit crack and be just fine. See what I'm saying? :)
I also pinned some healthy recipes which you can find here: Pinterest - Healthy Recipes
I've tried the Crockpot BBQ Chicken and Taco Soup - both delicious.
**Also! I recommend some friendly competition. Since this WAS a competition it gave me additional motivation to try to keep up with the person losing the most weight. AND working out with friends really helped too. My sister in law Katy and my friend Jami go to Zumba with me every week.
Have a great week everyone :)