So last night I noticed something.
I've really been focusing on my arms lately, as they seem to be holding about 10 of the 30 pounds I have left to lose. I've worked on them alot and hoped. Stared at them in the mirror. Wished the pounds could just disappear overnight.
And I can tell there is some progress being made but nothing really convinced me until....
I found my armpits again.
I know that sounds really weird, even funny. But I looked in the mirror when I had my hands on my hips and realized - GASP - I have an armpit again! It's not like I didn't have underarms when I was 285 pounds. But I did not have an actual PIT I had fat stored there. Meaning a concave almost hole under my arm. I could probably hide money in there now! (ew but you catch my drift).
No, I won't post a picture of that, you will just have to believe me.
But its these little things that really make this journey worth the effort.
I've hit somewhat of a plateau at 89 pounds down. I know the root of the issue; my eating needs to be reigned in a little bit. I stay within my range...but my range is so broad I know I don't need to eat the max every night.
As I get smaller it is harder to stay on task. My exercise isn't lacking...but I definitely find myself eating treats more than I should. I'm blaming some of that on having given up chocolate for 6 weeks. So, I ate other weird things in its place. Now that I have my daily dose of dark chocolate back, and I'm over the 24 hour love-binge-fest, I'm ready to get back on plan.
Just in case any of you think I've completely figured it all out, please know I am still constantly tweaking. Tweaking my eating, my food choices, my exercise and activity. Tweaking my mindset to help me stay on track.
I just recently added Tae Bo back in once a week. I also bought a recumbent exercise bike and I'm LOVING adding that in (as are my legs!). I have a new Wednesday night tradition of riding 10 miles while watching the Biggest Loser.
I think variety is what keeps me interested.
I also fit into a dress this weekend that I bought last October and could not zip up past - you guessed it - my armpits (well really chest but we're going with my newfound armpits, ok?) It was awesome on Easter to wear a beautiful dress that I had hoped would fit by Easter but hadn't planned on it for sure. :) Gotta love that.
So I'll leave you with this picture of the last minute super lucky Easter dress.
Know what I see in this picture? PROGRESS!