It has been a longtime since I’ve written a weight loss update post.
While I secretly wished I’d somehow lose weight over Thanksgiving, Christmas, getting ready to move from state to state, taking a vacation to Disney World, actually making the move from Georgia back to Illinois, living with my mom for a month in Illinois while we searched for a new home to rent, and then actually moving into that home (my current situation)…it just didn’t happen.
But I didn’t really try. I just told friends the other day that I’ve eaten my fair share of chicken nuggets, frozen pizzas and mcdoubles. (Don’t judge me. ) I forgot to tell them all about the Starbucks frappes, McDonald’s coffee, and my own homemade coffees with the always-available International Delight creamer that my mom keeps on hand. (Thanks, Mama!)
Plain and simple, my diet has been bad.
Okay, in my defense, we did try to regularly have healthy juices on hand. When my husband went out for groceries, I’d always try to remind him to buy some of the healthiest juices that particular store had to offer. Those were almost always the Bolthouse Farms green juices (seriously, delicious) and carrot juice.
During our move, our scale was packed away, so I pretty much judged my weight by how my clothes fit. After they started to feel more snug, I knew that wasn’t good.
The moment of truth
I was prepared to weigh 198 lbs. when I stepped on the scale today, but I was pleasantly surprised when I weighed 192.5 lbs.
That’s actually not terrible. At least not to me anyway.
In my last update post at the end of October 2012, I weighed 190 lbs., so I’ve only gained 2.5 lbs. since then. Not bad.
I’m ready to start losing weight again
Starting next week, I’m going to do a partial juice fast for 5 days. I’m planning on drinking juice twice per day for five days (Monday through Friday), and I’m going to update here on the blog each day with what I ate and what types of juices I drank that day. I’ll be sure to take pictures of each juice and let you know what is included, because I’d love to encourage all of you, my dear readers, who are also on a journey to lose weight. You are not alone, and we’re in this together.
I would love to try a total juice fast, but because I’m breastfeeding Elisabeth, our 13-month-old baby girl, it’s not wise…at least from what I’ve read. So that’ll have to wait until she stops nursing. Both of my two youngest boys stopped nursing right after they turned two years old, and I’m thinking Elisabeth is going to follow in their footsteps. So maybe next year I’ll be able to do a total juice fast.
In the meantime, I’m excited to try a partial fast, and I’m ready to get back to healthy eating.
As far as my overall weight loss progress for 2012, here’s what that looks like:
Beginning weight (Mid-January 2012): 220 lbs.
Ending Weight (December 2012): 190 lbs.
Goal Weight for 2012: 170 lbs. — I didn’t get to my goal weight, but I’m thankful for every pound I did lose.
# of total pounds I wanted to lose in 2012: 50lbs.
Total # of pounds lost in 2012: 30 lbs. — Praise the Lord!
**I gave birth to Elisabeth in December of 2011, and I came home from the hospital weighing 248.5 lbs. I started my weight loss journey after I had lost most of the weight I’d gained being pregnant with Elisabeth, but during my journey, I would periodically update on how much weight I’d lost post-partum.
Here’s what my post-partum results look like:
Weight on the day I came home from the hospital (December 2011): 248.5
Weight 12 months post-partum (December 2012): 190 lbs.
Total weight loss one year after giving birth: 58.5 lbs. — I’m once again extremely thankful to have lost all of my pregnancy weight and more. Nothing is impossible with God.
Now for 2013, I have a goal to lose 40 lbs., and I believe that it can be done. I’m starting my journey fresh at 192.5 lbs., and I’m excited to get the ball rolling!
What about you? Are you working to lose weight and live healthier this year? I’d love to hear about it, because losing weight is a lot easier when we can encourage one another. You can do it!
P.S. My 2013 ‘before’ pictures will be posted soon!