Monday, January 8, 2018

My One year Fitness journey

It's been One Year since I really stuck with a Fitness routine.
Here is my story (Law & Order clink clink)

This is a long post so hang in there!

We left Virginia in June of 2016.  It was a hard move because of leaving our best friends.  But it was a good move because we were coming back to San Diego where all of my family is.

Yup you can see that.  Oh my I can't even begin to tell you what it feels like to gain so much weight.  13 years ago I gave birth to my first child, this was my weight right before I went in to labor.  I guess you could say that I never really "saw" it, (the weight gain).  I had friends make a couple comments that I just laughed at and thought, no that can't be me.  My favorite was from my good friend Lisa and she said, in the most glorious southern accent, "Honey, it looks like your can of biscuits has burst!"  I literally laughed it off because how cute is that?!

If you're wondering how I gained so much weight, I worked at a cake and candy kitchen.  Chocolate, candy and cupcakes and cake treats all day everyday at any given moment.  I used to eat hand fulls of candy and eat fresh chocolate ALL.THE.TIME  My family and husband were so sweet to me to never really say anything about my weight gain.

At some point in time I had felt the weight gain and decided to try the 21 day fix.  I loved it and the changes were noticeable:

But then something happened and it all went down hill from there.  The next few pictures are me, (after the weight loss) ...putting the weight back on.

Here's proof of me eating a cupcake! 

Oh you guys, I'm sooooo embarrassed for the pictures coming...

This picture specifically I remember thinking, "wow, I don't look that big" and my mom now tells me that she saw this picture and couldn't believe how much weight I had gained.  (She was in CA and I was living in VA)  I'm bordline Beetlejuice at the end of the movie!

I can't even begin to explain what it's like to gain weight.  I couldn't even tell you how much I gained in the last few years because I don't remember a number.  I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my daughter so I was pretty small after giving birth to her.  Honestly, I'm surprised I didn't end up with diabetes after this job.

When I moved to San Diego, (we came before my husband so the kiddos could start school with everyone else, year round here, BEST THING EVER!) I decided I was going to start losing weight, working out, and eating better.

I thought I was losing weight and I felt good.  I thought I looked super skinny, in comparison to what I was.  Here is me thinking I looked "super skinny" !!! LOL

Oh this is so hard!!!

Our Christmas pictures.  I truly felt smaller here but you can see how uncomfortable I was.  

In January of 2017 a great thing happened, Kayla Itsines went on a book tour and she happened to stop in San Diego.  I told my husband I wanted to go and he asked me if it was weird that I was going since I didn't really work out.  Well, that might have been what set me off to really get this thing going.  And let me be clear in saying that he wasn't being mean he is just very logical.  I thought, I'll meet her and be skinny tomorrow.  haha

 Here's a picture of me with some cute ladies I met.  I have to say, this was one of the best things that happened for me to really begin my weight loss journey.  This picture is exactly one year ago. 


I did the workouts and ran until my knee started killing me.  I had to stop running but I continued to workout.  I continued to do what I could and slowly but surely the weight started to come off.  

In April my cousin, (she says I'm her aunt, but we disagree but she's technically right) , sent her Save the Dates out and I about died!! I mean look at this GOURGEOUSNESS!!!!

  It was about to get real serious!!!  I came across an ad on Facebook for a 6-week Little Black Dress challenge at a gym called Fit Body Boot Camp.  I called and talked to the owner, went to the gym to check it out and talked to my husband and told him that this would be ideal for me to lose the weight for the wedding.  It was a go!  I signed up!  

Here is my before picture, you can see that I did lose some of that weight on my own.

This is the first picture that I really saw a difference.  And let me just tell you that these are the kind of clothes I was wearing.  Over sized shirts and leggings.  I could NOT figure out what to wear to the orientation and truly felt like an old lady.  In this picture, I weighed in at 163.2 lbs.  I was down 15.2 lbs from all those previous pictures.  I did that ALL by myself.

Here are a few pictures after starting FIT BODY,  but before the wedding.

After a few weeks of working out, five days a week, I felt the most confident I have ever felt in this dress.  A mother son date with my little man!

An outfit, I would only have dreamed of wearing before my weight loss.

A trip to Vegas to meet my Bestie and go see Britney!

My 6 week challenge came and went.  I had to make a decision if I was going to join the gym.  The cost of the gym was a little pricey but the thought of not going literally made me cry.  When my husband said, sign up, I literally cried, again!

Joining this gym is by far one of the best decisions I have EVER made, other than marrying my handsome hubby. I am one lucky gal!

Slowly my body started changing and I started to feel different.  I was happier and dressing better.  Here's a fun candid of something I would not have worn in the past few years.

and here is goal time!

I may not be the smallest in this picture but I'll tell you a couple things.  It's the smallest and prettiest and happiest I have felt in, I don't know how long.  

It took a lot to get here.  I haven't eaten like I should, I tried for one straight week and I was in the WORST mood, I couldn't even handle myself.  But I continued to work out five days a week.

My weight January 3, 2017 was 174.3
My weight today, January 8, 2018 IS 150.1

I am almost at a THIRTY pound weight loss.  For some reason I can not get under 150.  But that is my new goal.  If I had to stop today, I would be 100% ok at where my body is.  I am happy, healthy and the most fit I have ever been in my entire life. The other day at the gym the owner was there (he's been gone opening up another gym and hasn't been around), he came up to me mid workout and said he didn't even recognize me.  WHAT A HUGE COMPLIMENT!!!

Today, today I'm great!

My new lazy clothes, in a size MEDIUM, no longer lazy tshirts, they make me feel frumpy and like I felt in my bigger days. (maybe I can also work on better selfie faces) LOL

I bought this shirt a couple years ago but have never worn it.  When I bought it, it literally did not fit my belly.  It was too tight.

Trying to make sure this size box worked for my husband.  LOL I wonder what he was thinking when he got this picture.

This is my house dress.  This dress was worn to go out because I wasn't comfortable in anything else.  It will soon need to be replaced because it is getting way to big.

The biggest realization of how much weight I had really lost,  was when I saw our Christmas pictures from this year.  Let me show you a picture of my daughter and I last year.  You can see that I was completely covered up.  She was cute as a button!

  One of this years Christmas pictures.  And this picture, this picture made me cry!

It still brings tears to my eyes,  I mean WHO is that?!

Here is a side by side that really made me see my work paying off.  Let me just add that's a Kids size XL shirt I'm wearing on the right ;)

If you are still here, thank you.  2017 was a very emotional year.  It turned out to be a pretty good year minus my husband going on deployment.  But this year is the year I meet my weight loss goals and my husband comes home.

If there is one bit of advice I can give that I have learned, it's to do one thing at a time.  Don't wait for anything, maybe a Monday because I have to "start" new things on Mondays, but just start.  It's not going to be easy at first but you'll get there.  When I first started at Fit Body, I turned a beautiful shade of blue while working out, now I'm at a good red!  

I still don't have the eating part down.  The food in San Diego, and my mamas house, is so good that I just can't stay away.  I'm at the point of my weight loss journey now that the only way that I will truly get to where I want to be is by eating right.  Now that working out has become a habit, it's time to work on eating clean.  One meal at a time. I'm not going to go all crazy because I get super overwhelmed.  

Thank you so much for reading along my journey.  I couldn't be more proud of myself and I can't wait to do more!

Happy New Year! 

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  1. Thank you for sharing and being vulernable!

  2. OMG! You got me going through all my pics to see how fat I look! lol You've done AMAZING! That pic of you in target, holy cow, you look super skinny! But thanks for also posting a cupcake pictures, now I want one!

    This is a brave post! Happy you are back to blogging!

  3. LOL thanks Jenni! I was sooo embarrassed to post some of those pictures, especially the camping one but hey, it tells the story. Umm, I want a cupcake!!!

    Hope I make it permanent!

  4. This is awesome. So relateable for me. Congratulations! I need to get there! :)