28th birthday challenge.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on July 26, 2011

in Weight Loss

In March 2009, I reached my lowest weight in this whole journey.

In January 2011, I was almost ten pounds heavier than that.

Today, I’m still a few pounds more than what I was in January.

Despite all of that, I’ve come so far from the girl I was in 2006, before this journey started.

I look at that picture and it honestly brings tears to my eyes.  In large part, because I’m ashamed that I let myself get that size, but more than that I tear up because that’s not me.  I’ve found a self-confidence that I didn’t have then.  I found a desire to live the best kind of life.  I’ve done things that I never, ever would have thought possible (Exhibit A: a weekend trip to Washington DC to run a half marathon with a bunch of other healthy living bloggers).  I’ve made a complete change in my life from the person I was five years ago and I couldn’t be more proud of just how far I’ve come.

When I started this journey, I set my goal at 133 pounds.  A total loss of 100 pounds?  That is so monumental.

As much as I want to reach my weight loss goal, maybe, just maybe, my happy weight is right where I’m at.  Sure, 100 pounds is a huge accomplishment, but 70+ pounds is equally huge!

I’ve fluctuated within the same five-ish pound range all year long.  I think the more likely culprit is that perhaps I’m not trying hard enough to reach my goal.  You know, those nibbles here and bites there that don’t find their way onto the blog.  If it’s not photographed and published, the calories don’t actually count.  

Wouldn’t it be great if that were actually how it worked?  I’d sneak cookies and cake all day to my heart’s content!  Sadly, that’s not how it works.  Those little extras do add up and they do count.

So, maybe I’m at my happy weight or maybe I just need to try a little harder, be a little more honest with myself about what I’m doing to try to lose weight.  I do great for a couple weeks and slowly fall back into old habits and that bit of progress I made goes away.

Either way, happy weight or just not giving it my all, today marks six weeks until my 28th birthday (yes, presents are accepted! 😉 ).  Today, marks a six week effort to break through this five pound range that I keep getting stuck in.  The goal:  ten pounds in six weeks.  It’s a lot, I know.  If I don’t reach it, that’s okay.  But, I need that big, challenging goal to push me to try a little harder, eat a little cleaner, exercise a little more.

If I don’t reach that ten pounds, that’s okay as long as I know that I tried damn hard to get there.  I don’t want to get to September 6 and think I didn’t give it my all.

I haven’t posted a weigh-in for over a month because, well, there really hasn’t been much to post.  Today (I hope) marks the first day of a revitalization in my journey.

28th birthday challenge:  starting: 161.4 | this week: n/a | change: n/a | overall: n/a

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Kayla July 26, 2011 at 10:09 am

You’ve got the right attitude, lady. I’m right there with ya, if you need some extra motivation/help. 🙂 Love you tons!


Cherylsm July 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

I am just so impressed with everything that you have been able to accomplish. I know what you mean by maybe being at your happy weight. When I started my journey I wanted to lose 47 pounds. I did do that, but in doing it I knew that in order to stay there I was not going to be happy. So I “allowed” myself to put back on 10 pounds and I have been able to stay there for 2 years without much work. So I believe that everyone has a happy weight.


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