On a Journey to Wellness

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Sunday, December 18, 2011


I JUST got back from my trip to the Bay Area and I jumped on the scale this morning. The number wasn't too surprising but I was hoping for better.

Current Weight: 214.8 (+2.4 lbs from last week)

So this is the last weigh in of the Challenge was 213.4 lbs which means that at the end of the challenge I actually gained 1.4 lbs. So sad but true.

Now let's look back at the rules to see what happened:

Select a caloric daily limit on which you (and I) can lose weight weekly.

I did NOT follow this AT ALL. I stopped calorie counting early in the game and never truly re-started. I attempted different food diets never finding one that really stuck with me.

Exercise a minimum of 3x a week.

This I had no problems with. I have been able (for the most part) to have some sort of activity at least 3x a week. The consistency of my work outs were varied and my commitments to a specific work out was non existent but to say I've been a couch potato would be lying. Since my weight loss journey started exercise has hardly been the problem.

Hydrate sufficiently.

This I admit was yo-yo. I would hydrate well one week. Hydrate horribly the next. You would think I could keep up with something as simple as drinking water. But looking back.. not so much.

Choose 1 (or more) books and work on your main obstacle-to-losing issue(s)

I was all over the place with this one. I would start a book here, finish a book there and never actually started reading a book and finish it in one go. I did pick up a lot of random information that will help me but never dedicated enough time to one book alone.

And of course the last rule:

Get a smaller sized dress.

Here again is the dress I picked at the beginning of the challenge:

And here it is now

Now a part from looking much more tan (how does that happen in winter months?? Oh yeah I work outside. LOL) and although I still have the bulges showing I actually look a bit more toned. And I'll happily take that. LOL

I AM planning on wearing this dress for the holidays. Once I'll accessorize it with one of my favorite belts it doesn't look that bad. What do you think?

*Ready for the Holidays!*
I don't think it looks that bad. *nods* It will do.

So all in all I want to thank everyone that supported me. It was a great challenge and although I fell short I don't regret joining and keeping up with everyone. I will lose the weight. I just have to keep fighting against this yo-yo battle I'm in.

This is also my 2nd year Blog-a-versity. Two years in to w0rld's FAT blog and I'm still going strong. 

I'll make a new entry talking about my blogging anniversary later this week.

Thank you everyone!



Princess Dieter said...

Thanks for joining with us and being one of the 'not- quitters". :D And lookee, pictures! I do think it fits differently. I'm assuming it's the muscle, right?

And I prefer it with the belt, for sure! It makes for that bit of contrast "pop".

I hope you have a hella good time partying in it!

Happy bloggiversary!!!!!

Jo said...

You do look more toned, even without weight loss. Just goes to show that we can improve ourselves without losing weight. Congrats!

Debby said...

I really love that dress with that belt!! Proud of you for sticking with it!! Success is more than a number on the scale!! As long as you worked hard, and toned, and ate right!!!

Anonymous said...

If you were exercising, no doubt you developed muscle, which weighs more than fat. So the scale is never a good indicator of weight loss. But I can tell from the before/after pictures that you did shrink a bit and have a more toned shape. Fixating on the numbers on a scale, and not the image in the mirror, can be disheartening. Instead of the scale, what were the differences before and after with the tape measure? When I began weight training, I gained pounds and lost inches. You may be doing the same thing. Eventually you will also lose pounds. Be proud of yourself. You did great....^_^....I will get off my Tree-stump now. Tree

Anonymous said...

Definitely more toned. I agree that a tape measure is more useful than a scale.

PS You're looking really cute!

Julie said...

Yes, yes!!! You are looking awesome in that dress. A bit more here and there but you know what, you did so well. You are beautiful.
Take care and keep up the great work.
Blessings my friend!!

Betty said...

I agree with the rest. You do look better in the dress. So the challenges was not all fail. You maintained and that´s good too.
All the best and Merry Christmas!

Denise said...

Congrats for sticking with it. I'm sure you've learned more about yourself through this challenge even if the scale didn't show it. I do like the belt with the dress too. Have a very Merry Christmas.

lv2 said...

I too agree that the dress fits better, looks good with the belt....so the exercise made a difference. I've enjoyed your comments and hope you get the diet part figured out. Have a fun holiday.

One Chicks Journey On Weight Watchers said...

hey I can see a difference and you look so much happier now. I love the dress and you def rock it :) Keep it up girly your doing and have done great! And I agree I love it with the belt too.

upinthecosmos said...

Looking fab, definitely a difference so you rock that dress! Happy holidays:-)

Angela Pea said...

Yes!!! The dress looks fabulous, and yes, there is a definite difference in the overall "tone-ness" of your beautiful self.

Enjoy the holidays!
Merry Christmas!

Stormy@Big Butt Theory said...

The challenge was a challenge for me as well. BUt we stuck it out and we learned from it.. Even if we didn't drop the weight. All lives lessons we should learn from and grow. And that is all we can do is try to do better.

I like the dress with the belt. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

By the way, not sure if you are interested but I am hosting a challenge. Please check it out. http://realchicksgettingfit.blogspot.com/2011/12/spring-chick-challenge-2012.html
I'd love to have you. If not...also feel free to give me some tips as this is my 1st time hosting a challenge.. :-)

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