Oh, irony…

I missed my big 60 day post so I guess that answered my inner question about when I should officially lay out my strategy thus far and what has worked and what hasn’t.  Looks like that will have to wait until the Day 100 post.

I want to be sure to encompass this entire journey as much as possible, but realistically posting daily just isn’t feasible while I’m working full time, going to school full time, working out for an hour, 5 days a week, and possibly taking vocal lessons in the near future.  

Until I get a Chromebook and then I’ll be unstoppable.

This has been a busy, but productive week.  I’m looking forward to getting some things done around the house, taking care of my homework, and having some me time this weekend.  I don’t think there’s a person on the planet that’s as happy as I am about working with my spouse.  We get to spend a lot of our day together (quality time, not just work time) so I don’t feel too terribly about having a packed schedule right now.  We both understand that we’re taking this time to pave the way to spending many, many more years together and if it means that we aren’t together every waking moment for now, it’s OK.

I did miss one workout day this week because we got stuck at work in a meeting.  However, I’m super proud of myself and I do plan on making up the exercise over the weekend.  Currently I’m doing  Zumba class on Monday’s and then 50 minutes on the elliptical every day.  Plus, this week, I bumped myself up a level (now I’m on 4 out of 9) on the elliptical and am consistently completing 7.25 miles at my pace.  Considering that 11 weeks ago I could barely handle half an hour on the absolute lowest setting and was lucky to see 3 miles roll over, I would say that’s a pretty great accomplishment.

This week was also the first week that I could REALLY see the weight starting to fall off.  I’ve worn several of my older shirts from my 262 pound days and even got to wear my Wicked T-shirt for the first time!  I can also see the definition in my face starting to come back.  One of the places that I’m most self-conscious about is my chin(s) and it’s so nice to see it begin to recede again.  It’s been a really great week all in all.

Here’s a picture from today (mid week 11 on our chart, which I will post more on in my epic Day 100 post next month) looking straight at the camera with no “head tilted up, camera looking down” cheating.

Today’s quote is such a very, very important quote for me.  I’ve spent most of my life with the mentality that I would rather not try something than to risk failing at it.  This irrational fear has made me miss out on some wonderful experiences.  I refuse to live my life that way anymore.  There’s just too many amazing things out there waiting for me (and everyone!) and life is far too short to worry about failure.  I’ve learned that anyone can accomplish anything with the right attitude, the willingness to put forth effort, and learning to just let go and let life happen to them.  We control our own destiny and I know now that it’s never too late to pursue our dreams.

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
~Bill Cosby

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