And, for those of you who like visuals, here you go. Now, I will say, in the last picture I am wearing tights, so things are...held in...but, there's still a big difference.
Sunday night was the first time, in a very long time, that I looked in the mirror and liked what I saw. I can see my body getting smaller, and stronger. My calf muscles are visible, I have biceps, my body is more curvy, I can see my collar bones. There are still things I don't like. But rather than pick them apart or get angry at myself, I focused on what I like.
I've been away from my home and my normal gym since last Thursday. I offered to dog sit for a coworkers neighbor, and it's an hour and a half away from my house, an hour away from my gym. My gym is a solo gym with no other branches, so I was worried about how I'd get good cardio in. Luckily, I got a guess pass for Anytime Fitness. But the annoying thing is, even though they are "24 hours", I can only go during staffed hours, which are limited (like, no Sunday's and only noon-7 on weekdays... Here's a thought- hire more people, and take shifts!). So, I have had to run "home", let the dog out and feed it, and then go to the gym, since I surely can't go in the morning. And I am NOT disciplined enough to do those at home workouts. I end up getting bored and stopping. I need to either be in a class or on a machine to keep going. But hey, today I go back home, and will be stopping by my gym on the way. I can't wait! (How sad is that?)
Also, being away from home made meals a little tricky. I had brought some groceries, but it's always harder to plan meals away from home. I did make this bomb stuffed pepper soup on Monday night, and that lasted me for lunch and dinner Tuesday! And at only 260 calories a serving, it was healthy, and delicious. You can cut even more calories if you don't add rice, by the way. But it wouldn't taste as good :)
I am so looking forward to being back home. Since I was so far away it's not like I could run home for a little bit. It would have been pointless. I'm ready to be back home, where I'll be more comfortable and back in my normal routine.
Also, twice this week I have gotten this comment "I thought you looked like you lost weight, but I didn't want to embarrass you by saying anything".
Um. Please. SAY SOMETHING. You have no idea how much it helps me to hear people say they notice I look smaller, or that I am really thinning out, etc. It gives me an extra, much needed boost! So say it!
We're only two weeks away from Christmas! I know these next few weeks will be tough with parties, alcohol, cookies, candy, etc. But I am just going to power through, keep on keeping on, taking my vitamin d, working out, and counting my calories. I can do this!