I am still 100% on the Belly Fat Cure. I've thought a lot about maintenance and for now, I'm not going to change anything at all. Not add anything back quite yet. A few reasons for that: #1 I don't want to screw anything up and start gaining weight #2 I'm quite happy with what I'm eating #3 Honestly a few more pounds lost would be good, but I'm not going to obsess about it.
(Photos are from 11/16/09 182 lbs, 1/19/10 169 lbs, 3/8/10 159 lbs, 5/22/10 147.5 lbs)
The changes since the last photo are pretty subtle, just about 11 lbs difference. I notice a big difference, but I don't know if it really shows in the photos. Mostly, I think I look a little more athletic. (And yes, I noticed my boobs are lopsided in the latest one! I think it just an adjustment issue, or maybe I'm uneven and never knew!) I have gone from a very tight size 14 to a comfortable size 8. From XL in many clothes to a Medium and even a Small in a few things. This is all really shocking to me, and I've not quite wrapped my head around it yet.
The funniest thing about these photos? My ponytail! Notice how it's all sloppy and sad in the BEFORE photo and it just gets a little better over time, until its even a little perky in my last photo! I think that ponytail is very telling about so much in life on this weight loss journey. I think that smile in the BEFORE can best be described as a "Brave Face" and not really a smile. I wish I could go back and tell my BEFORE self "Everything's going to be okay, you're going to make!" She looks like she could use a hug, right?
A friend recently told me she thought I had a "a lot of balls" to put my photos, weight and all up here for everyone to read about. I hadn't really thought about that in a long time. Once I decided I was going to use my name and show photos, I didn't look back. But seeing those before photos, I remember I had NO intention of ever showing them to anyone. Jorge Cruise used to ask us in class for our photos, and I thought "No way, he might show it to the class!" I didn't even share my before photo with my buddies on the plan. But here I am...
I would really encourage you to take regular photos of your weight loss journey. You will want them when you get to your goal.. and you ARE going to get to your goal! Plus sometimes I can only see a difference on the scale and in these photos. My brain doesn't always process it without real proof.
A while back I said I was pretty happy with the Belly Fat Cure part of this plan, but I still needed a Hip and Butt Fat Cure. Well, I'm quite happy to say my butt is feeling pretty cured lately too. In fact, for me, it's just kind of gone! Now it's just me and the thighs left. But again, I'm working hard not to obsess on my body.
I did my 5K last week and I did okay. I learned something about myself and it is that I must be internally motivated. My time was exactly the same was it was when I ran it myself a few days before, 32 minutes. Nothing to write home about, but it's done! I do a twice weekly hike/run were I usually go about 8 miles, right now I run a little more then half of it. My goal is to be able to run the whole thing. I think that might be the trick for the Thigh Cure in the end!
I hope you all are still doing great, I'd love to hear about your progress!