When I began this weight loss journey over two months ago, my goal was to lose 20 pounds over the next four months. The first two months have gone well with 5.8 pounds and 5.6 pounds lost each month. While weight loss was my goal, I’m even more pleased with the inches that have come off and the way my clothes fit now!
From July 26th to October 1st, I have lost 13 pounds, 3.5 inches on my waist, 1.5 inches on my hips, 2.0 inches on my right thigh, 1.25 inches on my right calf, and just over an inch on my upper right arm. I couldn’t see much change in my photos on September 1st, but I can definitely see the difference now, and I am so pleased that my determination and hard work have paid off.
I know this isn’t the dramatic weight loss some of my friends have experienced following different plans and using various weight loss products, but I choose to do things the old-fashioned way–eat less and move more. I lost a lot of baby weight too fast after I had the twins, and my stomach skin is still loose. I would rather lose this weight slowly and be able to avoid any more loose skin. I don’t if my belly will ever be tight again.
About six weeks ago, my first period students were complaining about being tired and getting up “early” that morning. I told them I had been up since 4:30 am. They asked me why, so I told them that I work out in the mornings before school. They asked why again, so I told them about my goal to lose twenty pounds. They asked why a third time, and I said something about wanting to lose the weight I had put on after having the twins. They didn’t seem to think that was a good reason. I couldn’t tell them that I really just want my stomach to be flatter than my chest! I can tell I’ve lost inches in both places, so I may never achieve that goal, but I will keep trying.
A friend of mine posted this photo on Facebook last week in support of his wife who has worked her butt off (literally) the past year and lost over 100 pounds. I love this saying, and I will continue to do what I need to do to achieve my goals.