It is once again time for my monthly blog update for “I Used to be Skinny”! If this is your first time reading my I Used to be Skinny blog entries, I suggest you take a look here at my past entries!
My weight loss has been slowing down as I get closer to my goal weight. But I am thankful for each pound I am able to lose and also proud of each pound I lose! Losing weight at a slow and steady pace is not a bad thing! When I weighed in for October my weight was 149.8 lbs. I weighed in for my official November weigh in today and the scale showed exactly 147 lbs! That means I lost 2.8 lbs in the past month. Which means I am officially down exactly 65 lbs so far! I am 6 lbs away from reaching a healthy BMI (although my measurements already put me in a “healthy range”). I have 22 lbs left to lose before I reach my ultimate goal of 125 lbs! At the rate I am currently losing those 22 lbs may take quite a while – but I am okay with that! This journey has been about not just seeing the number on the scale drop (although I love when it does) but also about getting healthy and adapting to a healthy lifestyle that I am able to stick with so I can maintain my weight loss in the future.
I mentioned in my last installment of I Used to be Skinny that I was finally able to wear a size 8 jean, although they were tighter than I like. I am happy to report that this month I am able to comfortably wear a size 8 jean! But I also need to report that my running has been minimal in the past month. I somehow managed to hurt my right knee while running and had to really cut back on my mileage for now. I am still running but not as much as I would like to be. I really need to pick up cycling or something else that will be a bit more gentle on my knee for the time being. What I really want is a gym membership again, but I’m still trying to figure out a way to fit that expense into our budget! Until I get that figured out I will be running (as my knee allows, I’m not pushing it) and doing a great deal of walking – although that is not going to achieve the calorie burn or the intensity I am used to reaching – maybe I will bump up the incline on my treadmill for now to help with that!
I mentioned last month that I am finally starting to see myself again when I look into the mirror. That is still very true and exciting even! I really feel like “me”. I don’t feel like a stranger in my own body anymore. Although the more weight I lose the more little things I notice that I hadn’t before – I have horrible stretch marks. Everywhere. On my stomach, my legs, my arms, everywhere. I guess when I was much heavier I didn’t really notice them quite as much, I’m not sure if I just didn’t dare to look so closely at my body I was disgusted with or what exactly. But I am embracing those stretch marks!
I really wish I would have taken a bra and shorts/undies pics when I started my journey at 212 lbs! But instead I didn’t get the courage to take pictures until I got down to 203 lbs so that is where my picture timelines will always begin! I really encourage anyone on their own weight loss journey to document the whole journey in pictures – even if they are kept private, they can really encourage you to keep up the work when you are having a bad day.
I will be back in a month to update, weigh in and summarize my first year of my weight loss journey! I am excited! I am very proud of myself for sticking to this lifestyle change for almost a year now!
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