So, for those of you keeping tabs, you’re well aware that I’m in the middle of a 3 month challenge to lose 10% of my body weight. I’ve been pretty diligent about updating you with my progress each and every weight in.
This past Tuesday was our one month weigh-in. With each monthly weigh-in, we also measure (bust, waist, hips, arms and legs), and we participate in a fitness challenge (push-ups and crunches.)
While I only managed to lose 1/2 a pound last week…
…I managed to post a HUGE number for inches lost in January!!!
I managed to lose 13.5 inches in 4 weeks!!!!!!!!!!
The fitness test went just as well. (Yet another reason to Woo Hoo with the best of them…) When we first started, way back on the 3rd of January, I could barely do 15 push-ups in a minute. And they were painful. And practically impossible. But yesterday, I not only DOUBLED my push-ups in a minute (30! Wo0!) I did the first 15 in under 30 seconds. HUGE improvement. Combined with adding 10 more crunches to my total, the inches lost, and a combined weight loss of almost 6 pounds, I’m feeling AWESOME about how far I’ve come in a little under a month.
I am discovering so many advantages to working out and eating healthy. I’m feeling stronger, slimmer, and sexier every single day. I feel good about myself for the first time in decades awhile. I am sleeping better, and I have more energy.
But the one perk I hadn’t expected was how much better food would taste when I cut all the processed foods and refined sugars out of my diet. Once upon a time, I would have told you I was fat because I loved to eat, even though eating for me just meant shoveling as much food into my face as possible. But I’m enjoying food SO MUCH MORE now that I can actually TASTE it. Every nuance in a dish is appreciated, from flavor to texture to spice.
For instance, I had a nectarine the other day that was flat out the most delicious thing I’ve ever had in my life. I had an affair with that nectarine. I licked the juice off of my arm and sucked it off my fingers. I made yummy noises that would have led some to believe there was some sexual activity happening in my kitchen. I enjoyed eating that nectarine so much that it was practically pornographic.
When I told Dana about my love affair with fruit, she laughed and said I should have recorded it for the blog.
So I did.
Here’s my short film entitled “For The Love of Fruit.” Enjoy.
In short, I’m jazzed by my progress, and SO excited to see what’s ahead on the weight loss path I’ve chosen. Dana has been so supportive, and together, I think we really can conquer the fat.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a particularly fat and juicy apple waiting for me at the dining room table.
If you can’t see the video, point your browser to: http://youtu.be/ioX6XobSFC4