It’s now been a little over three months and I figured it’s time for an update and who knows…maybe I’ll include a comparison picture? =)
I will admit that numbers-wise; I’m not seeing much of a difference. The numbers on my scale fluctuate 1-2 pounds every time I step on it. I am learning that the numbers are just numbers! If I went by the number I saw on the scale every morning, I would feel really bad about myself. But I don’t! Why? Because I can actually feel and see a difference in my body! My clothes are fitting differently and I feel different. And the biggest bonus? People are starting to notice! So please hear me when I say that I understand the obsession with the number on the scale. While I do think it’s important to keep track of it, I do not think we should spend so much time obsessing over it. It has taken me a really long time to come to this conclusion. It is a hard thought process to break. But it’s better to be healthy than to be skinny. Please remember that!!!!
A lot of people have asked me what I have been doing to lose weight/look healthier.
My answer usually shocks people because of its simplicity.
Here’s a list of what I have been doing:
~ eating healthier food including more vegetables and less starches (when looking for recipes, I try to find ones that have more fresh ingredients and less “cream of” and artificial)
~ exercising at least three times a week (more if I’m able to)
~ this includes taking the kids on a walk/jog in the jogging stroller for at least a mile
~ I am in the middle of a 30-day ab challenge as well (picture at bottom of post)
~ eating breakfast (seriously, it’s not called the most important meal of the day for nothing!)
~ drinking more water (you should be drinking at least half you body weight in ounces)
See? Simple, right? It is pretty much everything that “they” tell you to do anyway! I am going to start using my videos again, but I haven’t joined a gym. I do not have weights at our house right now. We are not spending a ton of money (basically because we don’t have it!!!), but that is because that is not how it needs to be for me right now. Am I saying that those other things are wrong or bad? Absolutely not!!! If we had the money, I would be working my butt of every day in the gym with a personal trainer! And if we were even more wealthy, I would totally have a personal chef =) But I’m having to live within our means right now and (thankfully) it is paying off.
So, I write this as an encouragement to some of you. Please know that there are easy ways to start changing your lifestyle and getting healthy. Food is a major part of becoming healthier, but don’t forget the exercise! It will just boost your metabolism even more
I have a beach trip coming up and am trying to find a swimsuit…ugh! But hopefully, if I continue to work, I will feel a little more bikini ready by then. More pictures then? We will see…but for now…these will have to do! =)
After looking through pictures to use in the transformation collage, I realized that I didn’t have any pictures of myself (without a kid hiding most of me) from about August through October. That says something about how I felt about myself…don’t you think! But I did manage to find a few that show a couple things.
The smaller pictures show that:
~ my face is rounder
~ there’s pretty much “more to love” on every part of my body (especially the bottom half!)
~ my chin is seeing double
~ my stomach is just hangin out
The bigger pictures is only from a couple days ago so it is very recent!
Thank you everyone for your continued support and I hope to keep up my journey to better health!!!
~ Jess Elaine