I don’t know why I’m so much more amazed at where I’m at right now verses a week or two ago – maybe its because the changes are so obvious to me now, but holy crap – this morning, when I weighed myself the scale said 156.4!!! It has been exactly 20 days since I started this whole thing and I’ve lost 11 1/2 pounds! I feel like a different person, honestly. I can fit into clothes that I haven’t worn since 2008! And I mean, FIT – not just squeeze into and button up while holding my breath.
This is totally life-changing for me, which might sound absurd – I know that my results, and even my ultimate goal, might seem pretty small compared to some of the people I know who have lost 40, 50, 100 pounds on this plan. BUT – just 20 days ago, I felt so unhealthy. Sure, I felt bad about how I looked too, and I had become a person that avoided mirrors and photographs, but I REALLY felt unhealthy. I mean – I Felt. Like. Crap. That concerned me, and what concerned me even more was that I felt like I had tried everything that used to work for me, and the scale just kept creeping up and up – if you’re in your 40’s, I suspect that you know what I’m talking about. I have never wanted to be a person who would just give in to getting older, and accept that it means losing fitness, gaining fatness, aches and pains, feeling tired and ultimately losing my ability to do things that require energy and physical strength. That has NEVER been my plan. I’ve said this before – but I have always wanted to be that 80-year-old on the podium at races. 20 days ago, and for the 2-3 years before that, I was feeling like I was losing my grasp on that dream. I want to qualify for the Boston marathon – there was just no way that was going to happen, 25 pounds overweight – and just running was NOT taking the weight off like it used to. But NOW, all of a sudden, everything seems possible again – that is just so cool. AND, I feel like the sexy bombshell that I used to be when I was in my 30’s again! BONUS!! I’m not gonna lie – my last fueling of the day yesterday was replaced with a celebratory glass of wine. 🙂
So, what’s next for me? Well, I still have about 11 pounds to go to get to my goal of 145 pounds. I expect that will take about another 2 weeks – so for the next 2 weeks, give or take, I will continue what I’ve been doing, which is 5 pre-packaged “fuelings” per day, plus my 1 “lean and green” meal. After I reach my weight goal, I will transition to 3 lean and green meals per day, and 3 fuelings – which will mostly serve as snacks in between meals, but will also be there to prevent me from skipping meals if/when I get really busy. Now that I’ve developed a habit of doing meal-prep for the week every Sunday, I think I will always do that – at least for lunch and dinner. I find it fun, and now, my BFF Sarah is on this plan too, so we can do it together to make it even more fun – and it is SO nice to be able to just grab a fresh, healthy and perfectly balanced meal out of the fridge whenever I need it. For me, that will be a key element to preventing me from slipping back into bad habits – I need that convenience to keep me from ordering take-out or sticking a frozen lasagna in the oven, or, depending on the day – just having wine for dinner. Haha
I will also start running and strength training again – which means that my lean and green meals will still be lean and green, but the portions will be bigger to give me the fuel I’ll need to train for a marathon. I can’t wait. Starting out lighter and in the habit of eating so clean will change my training experience completely. Boston – I’m coming for you!
And, Go Sarah! You’ve got this, lady! ❤