This time last year, I had also embarked upon a weight-loss journey. I know that I shouldn’t, but I keep comparing my progress this year from last year. It is totally different process. This time I am actually transitioning to a healthy lifestyle instead of dieting. Last year, I was taking diet pills. Big difference! Last year between February and April, I lost 25 pounds. It is no surprised that I gained all that back after I quit taking the diet pills. You’ve read previous posts about my mental process, and how now I am working on the whole process – mind and body. You’ve read about my newfound love of weight lifting. You’ve read about me exploring my demons and working hard on self-love. I’m getting there. This is brand new territory for me. I have to say that I am loving the process. It’s not always easy, but I do think that it is worth it. Scratch that. I do think that I’m worth it.
I am human though. So sometimes I do compare my progress. I was getting kind of frustrated with myself lately because I am 10 pounds heavier than where I was this time last year. Yes, I’ve been injured the past two months, but I don’t think that is a valid excuse. I took my measurements last night for the end of the month. I was blown away by what I discovered. One of my troublesome spots is my lower tummy area (it’s also been called the Kangaroo pouch, second stomach, or FUPA – I’m not explaining that one because my Mema reads this blog). I learned last night that I have lost two inches this past month across my hips and lower tummy area. This is huge news by itself. I was so pumped that I even struck a celebratory pose in the gym locker room.
But here’s the even more exciting news: I took a look at my measurements from last year (you know, where I was 10 lbs lighter), and I am two inches smaller NOW across my chest, waist, and hips. Y’all, I can’t even describe how mind-blowing this is! So note to self: trust the process and keep doing what you are doing. My new April goal is to stay off the scale and continue to make healthy choices. I will also keep kicking ass in the weight room.
My clothes are fitting better too. Added bonus.