Friday, September 19, 2008

2nd 6-Week Weigh-in

It was time for another 6-week weigh-in today. The last month and a half I've worked really hard, harder than I worked the first 6 weeks. I feel I've accomplished a lot as far as my cardio goes. I can run 3 miles under 29 minutes without breaking too much of a sweat (something I've never been able to do!) I ran a 10K, the longest race I've ever done. My fat pants are packed away, and my "normal" pants are loose. My skinny clothes are close to fitting, which blows my mind. I'm almost half-way to my goal and I feel great.

So, with all that said... my results. In 12 weeks I have lost:

16.6 lbs.
6.3% body fat
3.75 inches from my waist
3.5 inches from my hips
1 full inch from my neck

To add a disclaimer to my weight loss which is not as good as my last weigh-in, it is my special monthly time (I'm sure you all wanted to know that) and so I bet if we would have waited another week I would have lost more weight. Oh well.

I'm really hoping to be at my goal weight by Christmas and I think I can do it. Someone asked me a couple weeks ago if my healthy eating habits will be something I can stick with forever, or something that will last until I meet my goal. To be honest, I had not really thought about that until I was asked. I definitely think this is something I can maintain. I'm not starving myself. I'm not trying to maintain a fad diet which usually doesn't work. I'm just choosing healthier foods, and eating smaller portions. There is no magic to this. Exercise and diet... that's all it is... and a lot of motivation and hard work. One of my favorite sayings that has helped motivate me during hard times is "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." It's so true. I've thought about that a couple times, especially when I first started all this a couple months ago. It's easy to sit down in front of the tv with a bag of chips, M&Ms, or whatever you're craving at the moment and mindlessly down the whole bag without thinking twice about it. It's easy to go to a restaurant and order a huge plate of ribs, fries, and a coke and shovel it down in minutes. It's NOT that easy to plan out your meals, check out the nutritional content, and know when you're full and to say stop... but that's what it takes. I've learned that when you are really in-control though, you can make the conscious choice of what you put in your mouth, and that is a huge step to becoming healthier. Okay, enough ramblings. I'm excited and motivated, something I haven't felt about myself in a long time, so of course I want to share it with my family and friends. Thanks for all the support and encouragement everyone! It means more than you know.


Jim said...

You said:
" I'm just choosing healthier foods, and eating smaller portions. There is no magic to this. Exercise and diet... that's all it is... and a lot of motivation and hard work."

Those are all important ingredients for success. Congratulations on your progress.

Erin said...

The great thing is that you're really not dieting, you're just eating healthier. I've learned that if you think of it as a diet then it's easier to stop doing it. But if it's just a life style, you can continue for the rest of your life.

I'm so proud of you and so inspired. I can't really follow in your footsteps right now, but in 6 months (plus recovery time), I will look back at your words of wisdom and feel inspired again. Keep up the good work, and when you feel confident enough (or when you reach your goal), before and after pictures would be awesome!

Kristine and Jeremy said...

Jamie this is me giving you a virtual pat on the back! It sounds like you're new attitude towards food will help you through the holidays and get you to your goal weight. You've done a great job and its nice to see your progress, thanks for sharing. Keep up the great work!

Megan said...

Jamie, you are awesome! I got to get that eating healthy thing down. You make it sound so easy, but I just can't say "no." Help me. :)

sportyrls said...

Way to go Jamie! Unfortunately I am munching on candy corn as I was reading this, but I am motivated to do better! I love that saying- I've never heard of it before. Keep up the good work!

Iliana said...

Way to go!! When do you go to the gym? Early mornings still? I need some motivation bad, so I love hearing about your success. PS when is this get together. Last I heard from you it was Fri, but Kell and Phil said it was Oct 2nd. Let me know if you know cause heaven knows Dave will never get around to finding out :)

Hailey & Drew said...

I love reading about these weigh ins, it gives me so much motivation to kick it into gear and lose the baby weight I most definitely don't want to hang on to. But great job keep up the good work, I am totally impressed with your motivation and discipline. Thanks for passing it on!

Nurse Heidi said...

Hey Jamie, I just found you! Thanks for posting your blog addy on babycenter. I think that 16 1/2 pounds is FANTASTIC for 12 weeks, plus that fact that you have made so much progress with your running. Way to go!! Keep it up!

Darren and Traci said...

So cool! Good job. I have to say I am a lot of talk and not much action. I think it's the pregnancy giving me problems because when I read about the Red Robin burger Darren and I went out that night to get one just because it looked so good. And now that you talk about munching on M&Ms I don't think I will be able to get them out of my mind until I eat some *sigh* maybe I'll get a smaller bag just to make myself feel better and not be so much talk and no action. I love your determination though and hope I can have some of that once I get my self control back

Kimberly said...

Way to go, Jamie! You look amazing, and you are so close to your goal. Don't you just feel awesome?!

~Kimberly Nuttall