I’ve come back to this place time after time over the past month and a half.  Every time I do I see how long it’s been since I’ve posted and I just get completely overwhelmed and close the window.  I’ve written post after post and just can’t seem to get my fingers to hit the submit button.  There’s just been so much going on lately that it seems like I’ll never be able to get it all down.  Every time I think I’ve figured out a way to catch it up, something else comes up and before I know it another week has gone by.

I finally realize that the more time that passes the harder it will be to ever come back and I certainly don’t want that.

So, I decided against one, excruciatingly long catch up post and decided to do just a quick highlight of the super important stuff and then just pick back up from here.  If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past year is that thing don’t always have to be perfect to be awesome.  I would much rather get back into the swing of posting more often, but in order to do that I have to FORCE myself to accept that there’s no real way to cover every single thing I’ve done in the past month…and that’s ok.  It is certainly better than nothing.

So without further ado, March and April of 2014 in a nutshell:

1.       Goodbye 260’s…and 250’s:

At the time of my last official weigh in on the blog, I was down to 260.8.  I am proud to say that, even though my blog posting has suffered horribly, my weight loss has not.  As of this morning I am down to 249.8 for a total loss of 129.2 pounds, which is 34% of my starting body weight.  I’m officially in a size 18 (starting size was 26/28) and I bought my first non plus-size article of clothing this past weekend.

Cliff is doing even better.  He is now out of the 400’s and almost already out of the 390’s!  He bought his first suit this week and I couldn’t be more proud.

Now you can stop worrying that we fell off the band wagon and that’s why I haven’t posted.  It has really just been that busy.

PhotoGrid_13990415571102.     Running

I’m still running, but I’m not nearly as far along as I thought I would be (but I have to admit that I haven’t been as disciplined as I should have been).  I’ve made it to Week 4 on C25K, but immediately knew I wasn’t ready.  I can run for 3 minutes without stopping (most days) and I’m closing in on 4 minutes, but 5 minutes is just out of the question right now.  I couldn’t believe that it jumped to that.  I’m not really all that worried about it, though.  It’s not like I’m going to stop running after June.  June is just my first “official” 5K.  I’ve walked/ran 3 miles several times at this point, so I’m not worried about finishing (although it would have been nice to meet my goal of running the whole thing.  Who knows, maybe I’ll surprise myself).   I made it through the Shamrock Shuffle, but I’m going to do an actual race report (my first!) about that.

**edit – the night that I started writing this post, I decided to try running Week 4 – Day 1 outside and crushed it!  I’m slower than a herd of turtles, but I made it through with a 17:30 pace over two miles.  I might meet my goal of running the 5K after all!

PhotoGrid_13987197920383.     The Walk

Oh, the walk.  That was a fun horrible day!  I decided, mostly on a whim, to walk to a friend’s house.  I had been having a pretty rough week and had been really slacking in the activity department.  So, naturally I would over-correct.  That’s just how I roll.

Did I mention that this friend happens to live 6 miles away?

Yes, you read that right.  6. Miles.

The farthest I had ever gone had been 3.11 miles on the treadmill.  I really have no idea what I was thinking.  Luckily, I didn’t give myself time to really think it over and just took off.

I’ll spare you all the details of the horrible foot cramps, my complete disregard for the all-powerful sun and the burn that it can cause, and the random dude that honked at me and then pulled into a gas station to try and talk to me.

Instead, I’ll tell you that, not only did I make it, but I crushed all of my goals!

  • Goal A – Make it in less than 2 hours
  • Goal B – Keep a sub 20 minute pace
  • Goal C – Just get there alive

PhotoGrid_13977642361824.     Obsession with FlatOuts© Pizzas

This one is pretty self-explanatory.   There are these things called FlatOuts© and they make THE BEST pizzas.  They’re only 140 calories a piece and they’re the perfect size for a personal pizza.  I’ve been loading them up with everything I can think of.  I recently discovered that I love banana peppers (diced, at least) so I normally load them up with those, mushrooms, onions, and sometimes pepperoni or Hormel Beef Crumbles.  I have yet to have one that I didn’t like, however, I have found that not all of the FlatOuts© come out crispy, but I’ve had a lot of fun trying different stuff.  As a matter of fact, I think that’s what I’m going to have for dinner tonight.

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So, needless to say, we’re doing really well and Cliff is only 5 pounds away from hitting his goal of losing 100 pounds in a year!  It doesn’t look like I’m going to hit 100 in a year, but I’m perfectly fine with that.  I’ve lost a total of 130 pounds and I have absolutely no intention of stopping just because I didn’t hit my original goal.  I have hit many, many goals along the way and I have even more goals to make for the future.  If I gave up every time I hit a wall, then I would never accomplish anything.  I am beyond proud of the progress that we’ve made and will continue to make in the coming years.

Now, I just need to get back to a blogging schedule of some sort.  I feel like we’ve mastered the weight loss journey, but I’m just beginning on an excursion to try and get more organized.  Something tells me that’s going to be more difficult than losing weight!

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“Only you can control your future.”  ~Dr. Seuss

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