Tag: Weight Loss

Let’s Talk Injury

For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been dealing with a leg injury for about a year now.  I’ve had scan after scan, two rounds of physical therapy, and months and months of no running at all.  (Pause to stare, angrily, at the mangled muscles that used to be a hip flexor, calf, and hamstring).

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To say my fitness level has suffered would be the understatement of the year.

For months I made excuse after excuse for my weight slowly creeping up when, in reality, I had just wrapped myself up in running so much that I refused to try any other form of exercise.  After all that hard work to lose the weight and to find a physical activity that I actually enjoyed…just for it to be taken away…was a pretty tough blow.

Needless to say, that’s the primary reason for my absence from the blog.  I’m just not a public Debbie Downer.  I just couldn’t bring myself to post because, well…I kind of felt like a failure.  I gained 30 pounds (all in my gut – how does that even happen??) I had no running stats to report, and I just wasn’t thrilled with myself as a whole.  (Don’t get me started on all the hormones from IVF and some other health issues that I won’t discuss here (I’m fine though!).

Rather than concentrate on the fact that I’ve still maintained a loss of 170 pounds, I let myself fall into that pass/fail mentality for a really long time.

Fortunately, I seem to be over feeling sorry for myself and finally decided that it’s not too late to decide how this story ends.

The odds of us losing 500 pounds were so slim once upon a time…but we did it.  The thought of running a mile (let alone FIVE ENTIRE MILES without stopping) was laughable…but we did it.

Right now the thought of ever getting my fitness level back or getting to my goal weight seems impossible, but I know I’m capable of it.

I was finally able to find a new love for exercise when we bought our bikes (more on that to come).  I was dying for that “I am a total bad-ass Super-hero” feeling again, and I found it with cycling.  I also fell in love with yoga (ok, ok – I might have a little crush on Adriene, but come on!  Who doesn’t?)

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We’ve definitely come too far to turn back now.

 

I happened upon my old blog this morning, way back when we started in 2013 and I was using blogger rather than our own site, and I found this quote:

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

True Fact, Carl, True Fact.

Adventures in the Kitchen

It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend! I’m not sure how I always manage to be busier when school is out.

I didn’t get home until after 11 Thursday night and was right back in the office first thing Friday morning. I don’t feel like I’ve stopped since I got home. The weekend was filled with errands and chores around the house and Sunday was filled with football and band practice (Cliff’s obviously, I have 0 musical talent). While he and Ben were practicing I decided to do a little fall shopping. I had absolutely no jeans that fit and I was tired of people poking fun at my “saggy bottom” pants.

Plus, I was pretty excited about trying on new clothes, because this happened at my official weigh in Friday morning.  160 pounds down!

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It’s still crazy to walk into a store and go to Misses (sometimes even juniors!) and pick an outfit to try on. I even had to take a sweater back and get a large instead of an extra-large! The last time I tried on pants I could just barely button a size 16, so I decided to stay in the 18’s, but they were baggy. This time the 16’s slipped right on and they look great! I’ve been in a size 16 dress, but not pants until now, so I was really, really, REALLY excited.

I’ve decided to try a new recipe once a week so that we can add a bit of variety to our pretty uneventful menu. This weekend I made Chicken Parmesan Meatballs and served it with Barilla Whole Wheat pasta. I am happy to report that it was a big hit, even with the pasta! They were a little more time consuming than I would have time for through the week, but it would be super easy to prep on the weekend.

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I also tried a little snack I found on Pinterest that’s made out of ground nuts and instant oats. They are WAY better than any No Bake cookie I’ve ever had and they’re made with agave nectar instead of sugar! They’re the perfect little snack for before or after workouts (or if you just happen to be passing the fridge for no specific reason…)

Speaking of healthy snacks, I was watching Cliff make his lunch over the weekend and looked down and saw this setup on my counter.  It’s a huge change from a year and a half ago!

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Thankfully, I have a pretty relaxing week ahead of me (so far) and I’m really looking forward to it. I have a hair appointment Thursday and that’s it. My parents are coming in this weekend and that’s always fun. Normally we would go get sushi, but since Cliff and I are still doing our no restaurant challenge (Worst. Month. Ever. for this challenge) we’re going to make the world famous Bailey Fried Tacos.

I’m contemplating not weighing in next week…

 

One Year Anniversary

Today is a very special day.

Today is our one year anniversary of trying to get healthier.

There really should be a name for this special occasion.  “Trying to get healthier” just doesn’t have a good ring to it, ya know?  Hmm…I’ll think on that and get back to you.

Anyway…

One year ago today, Cliff and I decided that it was time to get off our asses and stop shoveling horrible food into our gullet and to make a real attempt to get the weight off for good.  We had both already lost a considerable amount of weight, but right at our peak I decided to stop smoking…right before we got married.

All I can say is that the next two years were pretty rough for both of us and within that time-frame we both gained back about 75% of the weight we had lost.

Fast forward (rewind?) to a year ago and we were ready to give it another go and THIS time we were determined that nothing would stand in our way.  We set a goal to lose 100 pounds on a random Wednesday and that was that.  We’ve weighed in (almost) every Wednesday since then.

Obviously, this called for a weight loss command center.

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The command center has changed a bit this year (pictures to come on a future post) but if you’re interested in tracking your own weekly weigh-in, I have added a copy of the printable that I made for this year that you’re welcome to download here.

I’m not going to cover everything that’s happened in the past year in this post (you’ll have to read the rest of the posts to find out 😉 ) but I will tell you that the end result has been the best thing that we’ve ever done for ourselves.

So, of course, we I decided to get pictures made to commemorate all of our hard work.

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Best.  Decision.  Ever.

I was completely blown away by the difference, especially in Cliff.  His before and after is nothing short of incredible.  I could not possibly be more proud of someone.  I want so badly for him to go see the doctor that told him surgery was his only option, but, in typical Cliff style, he holds no grudges.

It’s easy to see who’s the better half.

I’ll save the photo shoot post until I have all the images back, but I see nothing wrong with a sneak peak.

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Thanks again to Ryan Cecil from RC Squared Photography (her husband’s name is also Ryan Cecil – isn’t that cool?!) for taking some amazing pictures.  I’ve followed her work for years and continue to be astounded by her talent.  I can’t wait until she’s taking our final after pictures!

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what the results were for the year, so I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.

Cliff – Total loss of 104 pounds

Jodi – Total loss of 77 pounds (not quite my goal, but I am thrilled with the loss!)

Our current, overall, weight loss is:

Cliff:
Start weight – 660 lbs.
Current weight – 385 lbs.
Total lost – 275 lbs.
Percentage lost – 41.6%

Jodi:
Start weight – 379 lbs.
Current weight – 236 lbs.
Total lost – 143 lbs.
Percentage lost – 37.7%

We’ve lost 40.2% of ourselves…

We have no plans on stopping until we’ve reached our goal of losing 600 pounds and I have no doubt that we will succeed.  I would love for you to follow us on our journey while we share our ups and downs and successes and struggles.  If I can help one person see that weight loss (no matter how much) is possible through sheer will and determination, then it makes our journey even more worth it.