Last week in church, I was asked to give the closing prayer in our worship service. Since then, more than just my dearest friends (who knew I was dieting) have been coming up and asking if I've been losing weight. I thank them for the compliments and tell them that I am trying, but in my mind, I still have so far to go.
Here's the secret to my success: I've been extremely faithful eating and logging my calories at http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ and exercising. That's all I've been doing. I hate when that whole "less calories in" and "more calories out" turns out to be true, every time. Darn it! Why can't it be cookies in, sitting at your computer in, calories out? Oh well.
Seriously, the other day I was telling Super J that I was having a hard time seeing any changes in how I looked...you know how that goes, right? You notice your clothing seems looser and that you have to pull up your pants more often. You try on older stuff in your closet that you haven't worn since before you started having kids and they fit!!! Wahoo! Frustratingly, they fit kinda differently then they did back in the day (because, let me share with you, pregnancy redistributes fat around your body and weirds out your boobs like NOTHING ELSE!), but they fit and that's a happy thing. But, again, even though you KNOW your body has been changing, you look in the mirror and you just can't see the change.
So, Super J put together a before and after for me. I sure love that man. I'm kinda hesitant to post them, because seriously, the before pictures looks JUST LIKE THE MUGSHOTS YOU SEE ON TV (because, hey, I don't really have a mug shot on record, and heaven help me if this doesn't reinforce the idea that I don't want a real one! Sheesh!). I'd like to point out that it was taken AFTER Super J and I worked a P90X routine, but I don't know that it can be the entire excuse for how seriously gross I look.
As a further update on P90X: the date on the before picture is about 2 weeks after I started P90X, which, I did 5 weeks of before I stopped, and now I just do a few of the workouts whenever I want, but I'm more focused on walk/jogging right now. I'd say that I feel like a P90X failure, but you know what? It got me motivated, got me to a correct caloric intake for my workouts, and led me to myfitnesspal.com, which has made ALL the difference. Plus, at some point I'll get back on the P90X wagon. Until then, though, I'm still so glad I got it and started it, so that's not failing in my book.
The after picture was taken at Miss A's baptism a few weeks ago and then cropped. Super J wanted me to see a side by side of equal face proportions.
On a totally different note, I need to post about Miss A's baptism. In case I don't, it turned out really great, despite our church building having to be fumigated for fleas and raccoons and our having to relocate to a different building. Yeah...Long story. Nevertheless, I was so touched at all the people who came out for it. Miss A might not remember all of it, but I will. It was a very tender time. I still can't believe my oldest is now 8! Crazy how fast time flies.
Speaking of time flying...as of yesterday, 10-14-10, I finally was below my pre-pregnancy weight of Miss A. I've lost all my baby weight, friends. It only took 8+ years. Yay!