Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Weight Loss Goal Reached!

On Friday, March 9th, I reached my first weight loss goal.  280.  That's 16 pounds lost.  I've actually lost another pound since then, but I wanted to mark this occasion. 

This is a really horrible first goal picture.  The mirror is dirty and I'm in Hope's room which was (is) a huge mess.  I don't even know if you can tell a difference.  I know most people say "your face is thinner" and I can certainly see a difference there. The first photo is from Atticus's birthday party in October of 2012 and was the only picture I could find where I wasn't hiding behind someone.  

Since I reached my first goal I'll be treating myself to a pedicure as soon as the tattoo on my leg is healed.  That was my "prize" to myself.  I'm really looking forward to it. 

I'm still in the weight-loss competition at work.  The competition was supposed to be over on the 9th, but it has been extended to April 5th.  The prize is $440.  All 22 contestants paid $10 a piece and the University matches that up to $250.  I want to win so badly.  If I win Sam and I are using the money to go on a mini-trip for my birthday in late April.

I kinda have a nice little mini-goal/reward system going.  It is intimidating to know that one has 146lbs to lose (well, 130 now) and breaking it up helps.  Here are my current mini-goals:
  • April 5th -- 275, end of contest
  • April 27th -- 270, my birthday
  • May 19th -- 265, my brothers wedding
  • June 1st -- 260, bring up the clothes stored in the basement and have a 1/2 spa day!
These nice little 20 pound chunks are less scary.

Also, the Non Scale Victories are rolling in.  I know my face looks thinner, but I (and Sam) can tell that my body is changing:
  • I can do all the jumping jacks on Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred without stopping.
  • I can do 15 pushups (I couldn't even do one when I started)
  • My clothes are falling off (Sam said he doesn't mind this, snicker snicker).  My underwear was slipping off and down in my jeans yesterday.  And on Sunday Atticus pulled my pants clean off while I was doing dishes.  He tugged on my pj pants with one hand and the pants went to my ankles.  Atticus thought it was hilarious.  Thankfully Sam was in the shower and Hope was at a friends house and we didn't have guests! 
  • My size 26/28 pants are hilariously big and my size 24 capris are fitting loosely (I busted a zipper on pair last summer because they were so tight).
Soon it will be time to head to the thrift stores for some summer clothes!


AG said...

Having lost around 70 pounds myself between 2008 and 2010, all I want to say is hurray and well done!

When you hit 30, all of the sudden everyone will notice. That's a great mini reward in itself. I like to think about what all the people I haven't seen in a long time (there are too many of you - why do I not make more money so that I can afford to visit? Must get on that CV sprucing) would say. We must be mutually congratulatory the next time I'm in north GA!

Claudia said...

That's so good! Keep it up! I can see a difference.

Susan in TX said...

Congratulations! Keep up the good work. I think the biggest blessing with weight loss is how much better I feel when I start shedding the pounds - the renewed energy and overall just feeling better. You are looking great!

Amanda said...

YAY!!! I'm glad you're still doing this and that your goals are split up so reasonably. So many people go in expecting to lose quickly so fast. I know I've said this to you before already, but still, yay! :)

NSVs are the absolute best.

Daphne said...

Congratulations! Losing weight is hard work - I hope you win the contest!

Giggly said...

Fantastic! I love the mini-goal rewards.
You are doing so great! It's fun to see the change happening, isn't it? :D

Eva said...

Congrats!!! :D I see a difference in the two photos too.

Heather said...

Hell yeah! That's my girl!!! I am so proud of you Amanda. And you're doing it smart. And I can see a difference, in your face, as well as the rest. The fact that you look less tired seems the most obvious one to me. Keep up the great work!

Karen K. said...

Well done! I can already see the difference in the photos. Good luck winning the competition and keep us posted.

Amanda said...

Thanks for all the support you guys! It keeps me motivated!

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