So close.

I was THIIIIIIIISSSSS close to the 220’s.

Instead of celebrating an epic breakthrough, I let a few bad decisions get the best of me and saw a gain this week.

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But that’s ok!  Normally I would be pretty bummed about it, but not this week.  Cliff and I have decided to do another 30 days of no restaurants (I actually like this challenge, it saves us a ton of money AND we lose weight!)  Not only are we doing the challenge, but I’m going to be making a big change in my exercise routine.

Tomorrow, I will be a happy member of the YMCA.  Me and two other (fantastic!) women that I work with are going to be going on our lunch breaks through the week.  I can’t tell you how excited I am to have some exercise buddies (that live in Louisville).  Cliff and I go to the gym together, but we have two totally different routines.  Also, he has no interest in classes, swimming, or an indoor track.  I, on the other hand, am overjoyed at the thought of all those things.

I also decided to sign up for my first Mud Run and 10K!

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I feel confident that shaking things up a bit is exactly what I need to break through this plateau I’ve been having.  I would love to be under 200 pounds when Cliff and I leave for Florida at Christmas.  In order to achieve that, I need to lose an average of 1.5 pounds per week for the next 22 weeks.  I KNOW I’m capable of that loss if I can just focus.

Luckily, Cliff is still on top of his game and has been a great motivator.  It seems like each time one of us has a weak moment, the other one kind of picks up the slack for a bit.  It’s been an amazing experience to share and I can’t imagine traveling down this road alone.

I finally know the #1 secret to surviving weight loss.

I’m going to be rich.

Ahem…

I mean, I’m going to share it with you (at no charge).

Do your absolute best to surround yourself with supportive and loving people.  These people don’t just have to be spouses, family members, and close friends.  They could be co-workers, Facebook support groups, or just some random person from the internet writing about her own problems with weight loss.  If they help you, encourage you, and stand behind you – embrace them.  These people will become the foundation for everything that you accomplish.  They will pick you up when you fall down (sometimes literally), they will reassure you when you want to give up, and they will make you feel beautiful on days that you just want to crawl in a hole and hide.

I (we) could have never gotten this far without those people.  I wouldn’t trade my circle of peeps for anyone in the world.

And that’s why I know I’ll get through this.

Because they won’t let me give up.

 

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