I am proud to announce that I weighed in at 182.2 lbs this morning! That is about 5.5 lbs down from my heaviest! Woot woot!
I have been counting my calories using my LoseIt app on my phone and computer. I have been going to the gym at least 2 times a week. I am still sticking to my weight lifting first and cardio second routine. I have also been trying to keep my carb count down too, especially on non-gym days. For my art shows on the weekends, I pack snacks and meals that I can keep track of, instead of eating at the food carts. All of the setting up, carrying stuff back and forth, and tearing down for each show helps burn calories and is getting easier as I get stronger. (My canopy must away 50 lbs or so, plus there are the four 40 lbs weights I have to lug around and attach!)
I am finding it slow going, about a pound a week, but i am happy to be closer to 180 than to 190!! (190 is a scary number because it is getting WAY too close to 200 for my liking!) I am happy to finally start seeing results, because that is definitely a motivation booster!
I did have to go buy some new shorts for summer because last year's didn't fit (can't even get them over my thighs, let alone on and buttoned!), and I was a little embarrassed by the size I ended up with. I was at the store, and I kept holding shorts up thinking, "Omg, these will never fit!!" I finally found a few to try on, unfortunately they were the last size before I needed to go to the "plus size" women's section. Thinking they would never fit, I went to the fitting rooms and tried them on. Not only did they fit, but they were actually probably a size too big! Knowing how I gain weight then save clothes because I am determined to fit back into them (knowing it probably won't ever happen), I bought two pairs in that size. I figured they might shrink, and if I actually am able to lose the weight, I can take them in or something. Plus, if i have to buy new ones later on one way or the other, I would rather have to buy a smaller size. Plus, I have a closet full of smaller clothes to pick from if/when that time comes! ;)