And we’re STILL working it!

Hello, my friends!

I know… I am only about 10 days late in posting. I try so hard to post on the 5th of every month… but there always seems to be something crazier going on. I do post the stats from that day though. Just so you know what really happens in a month. I’ve been reading lots of friends’ postings about feeling like the surgery did not work for them because they are either not losing weight as fast as others OR they have hit a stall. Look, we all hit a stall from time to time. It is the nature of losing weight. You just have to be diligent about logging and watching what you eat/drink. As you go along this journey you are going to encounter emotional events that will entice you to emotionally eat. You are going to have stressful events that are going to tempt you to fall head first into a bag of Cheetos! You are going to feel AMAZING about your weight loss and be tempted to stray from plan… just this once. It’s all going to happen. The goal of this journey is to LEARN how to handle these situations. We did not end up the size of a small storage shed by accident. We ate ourselves into a joyful, comforting, depressing, and deadly food coma. We did this! Now we have to learn how to NOT do this. We have to face our fears, stresses, celebrations, and social events with the knowledge that we CAN do it without eating. I told someone recently that I’d almost rather be an alcoholic because the cure would be to just never drink again. Now, I’m saying this off the cuff so DO NOT throw stones at me. I have a friend who is an alcoholic and it IS NOT easy. But… my point is, we have to learn to continue in our addiction everyday without losing control rather than just never eating again. It’s like telling a crack addict… just do one crack rock a day for the rest of your life… GOOD LUCK! It’s hard shit people. Especially when you get crazy close to the “end goal.” I am so close to my 150 I can hardly stand it. So, there are days that the maple nut goodies on my husband’s desk are screaming my name… and I wear a size 8 now… so what would it hurt?!?! LOL! The struggle is real y’all!

Anyway… I want you to know, even now, I think about what I eat and drink… all the time. It will never end. I am not obsessed with it… but I also know if I don’t think about it everyday, I will forget and then small storage shed, here I come.

OH… something I have discovered… If your Barista at Starbucks loves you like MY Barista loves me… he will let you bring your own sugar free vanilla almond milk to make your skinny lattes. HELLO two-three carbs only!!! I get a venti latte with two pumps of white mocha (yes, it has a little sugar) and 4 pumps of skinny caramel… BLONDIE LATTE. Yummo! If they won’t use your almond milk… you can get coconut milk. It has about 16 carbs vs. the usual 50 when you use milk. Just an idea.

Also… I have been doing all these 30 day challenges lately. I think I told you about my planking challenge. I still plank everyday. It makes me feel strong! I also added a butt lift challenge and a sleek arm challenge around the same time. Still doing those and love them. Though my butt is VERY flat… you can feel the little muscle in there. But, I have always had a flat butt. More like a crack in my lower back. Yes, it is that bad. But…. my arms! Y’all! My arms are BANGING! My shoulders and arms look so freaking hot in sleeveless things! Even to where people ask me what I do to get such great arms. That feels fabulous! I have recently added a 30 day waist trainer challenge and a 30 day flat ab challenge. They too make me feel really strong. After doing all of those moves, I hop on the elliptical and do another 45 minutes. Since I am so close to goal, sometimes I even do that whole routine twice a day. Just depends on what’s going on. Point is… who is this chic?!?! I’ll attach the routine below. They really are easy and quick!

30 day sleek arms30 Day Butt Lift30-day-ab-challenge-230 day waist trainer

Now… on to the exciting stuff. Here are my stats:

  • Starting weight May 5, 2015: 300
  • May 18, 2015: 270 (-30)
  • Month ONE – June 5, 2015: 260 (-40)
  • Month TWO – July 8, 2015: 239 (-61)
  • Month THREE – August 5, 2015: 225 (-75)
  • Month FOUR – September 5, 2015 210 (-90)
  • Month FIVE – October 5, 2015 199 (-101)
  • Month SIX – November 5, 2015 188 (-112)
  • Month SEVEN – December 5, 2015 178 (-122)
  • Month EIGHT – January 6, 2016 174 (-126)
  • Month NINE – February 5, 2016 170 (-130)
  • Month TEN – March 5, 2016 166 (-134)
  • Month ELEVEN – April 5, 2016 163 (-137)
  • Month TWELVE – May 5, 2016 159 (-141)
  • Month THIRTEEN – June 5, 2016 154 (-146)

I have about 4 more pounds to go and then I will be at goal. I may or may not hit it by the time June 5th rolls around. But, I will keep pushing forward until I do. Now… Do I have loose skin? Hell yeah! You can’t leave a balloon blown up for 45 years and deflate it without it being somewhat out of whack. But it is OK. I may have it removed next year… and I may not. It is really expensive and I have kids who need to go to college soon. I guess I will cross that bridge later. Right now I am just really happy with me. And I really mean that.

Love yourself. Love others.Choose JOY!



9 thoughts on “And we’re STILL working it!

  1. I want to thank you for all your positivism. I like your exercises (other than squats as I can’t fully bend my knees yet) I’ll look into doing some at home.

    As I tell people, the operation is not the easy way out of the “small storage shed” (love love that image LOL btw you owe me a new keyboard HAHAHAHAHA), it’s the ultimate tool but I still have to do the work. You’re right, it’s a process and we should never give up even when we stumble……

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    • I’m really glad that I can at least make you laugh! If we can’t laugh at ourselves… Ya know! I really like the Casey chick that does the exercises that I posted. You can go to her blog and see all sorts of stuff. The main idea is to find stuff you’ll do and stick with. Plus, we really have to make sure we build/maintain muscle too.
      Stay with it gal! We can do this!!!


  2. You are a beast! And I mean that in the BEST way possible! Honestly you inspire me every single day. You know I stay with the plank challenge, but I may have to join you on a few of these others. How amazing to get nice comments on your arms!! My arms are really tone but all that excess skin? I swear I could fly my entire family to California on my bat wings. Yikes! BUT – I’m healthy and who cares, right? 🙂 Being happy with YOU is the best gift you can give yourself – keep rocking it girlie!

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  3. That 30 day arm challenge is looking right at me. KUDOS to you for getting compliments on your arms. That’s awesome!!! I laughed, too, about the “small storage shed” and about the deflated balloon… perfect visuals! 🙂 🙂 I’m excited for you that you’re so close to your goal weight and that you remain so, so, so incredibly down to earth about the process (and how it continues to be a process. That’s helpful and positive!!!!!

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