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It’s been a long time

22 Apr

Wow time sure does fly! I always mean to get on here and update the blog, but then I get distracted by something else and months go by. Since I left off I competed in a Biggest Loser competition at work (and I won!). Managed to kick 10 pounds to the curb in the two months we did the challenge. Immediately following I started The Superhero Challenge. It was a mix of Paleo and crossfit. I loved it. Well most of the time. It took a minute to beat the sugar cravings and to stop having headaches, but once I got through the withdrawal symptoms I really enjoyed it. The challenge was 21 days. My friend/co-worker and I took it an additional week. I can definitely see myself sicking to something like Paleo. Once you start changing the way you eat you really don’t crave the things you once had to have. 20140422-102246.jpg

This is what I’ve been doing, gym, sweat and Paleo!

I also started running…..well more walk/jogging. I have a 5k coming up in May, and I need to train. I haven’t ran since I lived in Hungary. I’m pretty sure I was dying after the first 30 seconds. It was awful. I hated every minute of it…..but now I’m up to alternating 90 seconds running, 90 seconds walking, 3 minutes running, and 3 minutes running. I couldn’t imagine not going out everyday and doing it. I have recruited some of my friends and we go running after work and on the weekends. I was surprised at first at the reaction I was getting from people, maybe I thought someone would say something offensive about someone my weight running. However the opposite has happened. A lot of runners (you know the in shape hella intimidating ones) say hello and wave and are encouraging. It makes in easier to push through with encouragement! I have a goal set in mind for the 5k, I want to finish. Finishing would be amazing. I’ve always talked a big game about 5ks I will do, but I never registered and never trained. Now I’m registered and have started to train….can’t wait to see if I finish! 20140422-102301.jpg

My pre-run face

BL + progress pics

6 Jun

I wanted to share some progress pictures for this year!
January 2010 241 lbs June 2010 218 lbs

I’m amazed to see how much my body has changed in these last 20 lbs. I’ve lost almost 70 lbs total, but it wasn’t until recently did I really begin to see a change in myself. I feel thinner now. I can only imagine how this progression will go as I continue on in this process, but now after 70 lbs I’m finally starting to believe that I have lost weight!

Some NSV’s. The shirt in my new progress picture is a EU size XL. I bought it when I first came without trying it on because I wore an XL in the States so no biggie right? Wrong! I’ve waited since September 09 to wear this shirt and now it finally fits! Also I did some shopping yesterday and realized I fit comfortably into a EU size 48! (18 American I believe!) I was a 16 in elementary school and an 18 in early middle school so this is amazing for me. I store the majority of weight in my thighs so to be able to fit into different pairs of 18’s is a big deal for me!

Needless to say when I phoned home I told my mom to start shopping because I will be needing some clothes. My mother also is a size 16/18, but she’s 5’8! Luckily I can borrow from her while I’m home this summer.

I want to wish everyone on this journey with me good luck. I’ve struggled for the longest time on this journey because I never believed I lost weight. I saw the scale go down, heard from people how different I looked but I never believed it. I could never see it in my pictures. At times I have thought about stopping because I wasn’t seeing results. Luckily I have a great online support system and they beat those thoughts out of my head, and repeated to me that I was smaller I just couldn’t see it yet, to keep going and I would see it when my mind had time to process it. I want to encourage you all to keep going even if you do not see results. Your body is changing and soon enough you will see the changes!

And my first official weigh-in for the biggest loser!
I started at 226.
WI-1 218.4!
Total loss of= -7.6

I had about a month from my original starting weight, so those results will not be typical! In all I managed a -1.4 lb loss this week!

I upped my calories from last week and lost weight….so I think I’ll stay here for a while. I’m eating between 1600-1750 a day. Normally eating only 1600-1650. Obviously this will have to be re-evaluated over time but for now it is where I will stay.

Have you ever struggled with seeing the changes in your body? How did you keep yourself motivated?

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