Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas to me?

So, how to quantify if what you're doing is working? The scale? Pictures? Compliments from people?

I haven't really been paying attention to much of anything. I really never thought I was fat. Yeah, sure, like everyone else, I thought I could stand to lose a few pounds, tone up a bit, whatever, but I never thought I was fat. Even though the scale said I was, I didn't believe it. When this picture was taken, I think I was pushing 190lbs or so:


But yeah, I didn't think I was fat. Just a little overweight.

That picture was taken about two years ago. In March of the following year, the hubby was put on the South Beach Diet by his doctor. I decided I should do it with him for moral support. No, not because I felt I was fat, but because I thought I should support him.

In the ensuing months he lost about 50lbs. I lost around 40lbs. He stopped the diet. I continued with phase 3 (maintenance) and took up running. I ran a 5K in 39 minutes and change. And was utterly defeated by that. So I really decided to start running for real. Since then I've run many more 5Ks (PR: 29:31), a 10K and a Half Marathon. I also started working out with a personal trainer last month.

I don't normally talk about my weight, but I'll throw this out there. As of today, I weigh 154lbs. When that picture above was taken, I was wearing a size 16 and I didn't care. Today, I'm wearing a 6. And I still don't care. Vanity sizing taken into account, I probably really wear a 10. But that's neither here nor there.

I just wanted to put this out there. Merry Christmas.

Hard work pays off?