Monday, August 1, 2011

Low Carb Journey Update #4

Can you believe it's August already?  I can't either!  I joined a mommy challenge weight loss group on MyFitnessPal a while back and set certain weight loss goals to work with the goals of the group.  One of my goals was to reach 120 pounds by August 1st. Well this past Friday, I did it!  This morning the scale creeped up a bit and said 120.2, but that's close enough for me.  I reached that goal!!  And it feels great.  In fact, today I've felt better than I have in years!  Physically, emotionally,'s been an awesome day (and it's only just after 2 o'clock!).  The fact that I have some free time to sit down and blog this little update just shows how awesome of a day this really is!

First of all, the reason for this little afternoon break is that I started a routine this morning.  I should have done this years ago...3 1/2 years ago to be exact.  (That's how old Gray is in case you were wondering!)  Anyway, so we'll be sending Gray off to preschool one day a week for him to get some interaction with other kids, learn to listen to instructors, and work on those social skills for just being out in public.  Not to mention, to give Mommy a little break during the day! =)  I decided that we'd start our own little preschool at home so he gets used to the idea (and schedule) of what's going to happen when he actually goes to preschool.  He has been a super student today!  Structure is exactly what this boy needed.  Right now happens to be "quiet time", and although he insisted he wasn't going to take a nap, after 15 minutes of quietly playing on his monkey mat (the one I'll be sending him to playschool with), he passed out!  SCORE!

I got a little workout in, folded a load of laundry, and filled out a daily report of what we did so far for our home "preschool".  Now I get to do my blog.  Best day ever!!

So back to the progress and my goals!  I can't even begin to tell you all how stoked I am about these results. I went shopping on Saturday hoping to find some new shorts or capris because almost all of my clothes are getting too big now.  Most of the stuff I brought into the dressing room to try on didn't fit, but not for the usual reason.  Instead of being too small, everything was too big.  I didn't realize what size I truly am now!  So what I did find was a skirt in a size 2 that fits incredible!  It's a jean skirt and although there's some mixed reviews around here about the fashionability (yes I think I just made up a word) of a jean skirt, I love it!  Mostly because it's a skirt in a size 2, but also because I think it's just adorable.  Four months ago when I started this low carb journey, I was wearing a size 10.  One year ago, after I had Alia, if I wasn't still wearing some maternity clothes, I was wearing a size 12.  I couldn't be more thrilled with the difference from then to now!

Today I'm officially moving on to phase 3 of Atkins.  It's called pre-maintenance , and the mission is to slowly increase your daily net carb limit until you reach the point where you are no longer losing weight (but also not gaining).  I still want to lose 5 more pounds, and I have set a goal of just under 6 weeks to do it.  The wedding and honeymoon are fast approaching, and I plan on rocking my new bikinis on the cruise ship!

Thanks go out to everyone who has supported me and continues to support me on this journey.  Motivation to change is the key.
You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions.” ~Adlin Sinclair

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