|Size 24 to Size 12 in less than a year! |
117 lbs. gone!
Yesterday on a whim I picked up a pair of size 12 jeans in a store and wondered, "What if?"
I took them into the dressing room, zipped them up and they fit!! For the first time since high school I am wearing a size 12 comfortably!
At weigh-in my body fat percentage was 30%, well inside the "acceptable" range. At that time, Crystal, one of my diet coaches, and I talked about how much further I need to go.
I'd like to get my fat ratio a little lower - more towards the "fitness" end of the acceptable range - and see if I can trim a few more inches off of my belly. My stomach was the first place I started to gain weight when I was younger and it seems to be the most stubborn area when it comes to losing inches.
After visiting with Crystal I've decided to stay on Phase I for a couple more weeks, get my fat ratio down a couple more points and see what happens. Before starting Ideal Protein, I thought my stopping point should be 145 lbs or a size 12. Well, I've made it to size 12 but I weigh a lot more than I did the last time I wore this size. Since learning about body fat ratios and what's healthy and what isn't, my mind is changing when it comes to what my "ideal" weight should be.
I feel great! Every day is a celebration of living life! I feel so empowered achieving something I
|Two 56-pound bags of potting soil|
The latest celebration happened this weekend. I was working in my garden, marveling at how well my knees and back felt after a full day hauling pots of dirt around and hoeing up weeds. Last year I was in so much pain I considered giving up one of my favorite passtimes because it was just too difficult to bend and stoop over the plants.
I was filling pots with garden soil and realized that the two 56 pound bags of soil I was working with, added together, weigh just a couple of pounds less than what I have been able to shed off my body.
It was a shock to pick up those bags (one at a time because I couldn't lift them both by myself) and realize that those two bags of heavy dirt symbolize what I used to carry around with me every day for years!
No wonder there are some firm muscles showing up as the fat melts away and my joints don't bother me when I'm gardening - I was carrying around a serious weight burden!!
I hope y'all had your own celebrations this week!