Healthy Image Challenge III - Week 22


Healthy Image Challenge III - Week 22
• Confidence is beautiful! •

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Nicole, 31
So a lot has changed since the first challenge - I was finally able to have my skin removal surgery, my J returned from Afghanistan and we moved 4000 miles away to a beautiful island.  Nothing like perfect weather to be the setting for getting back in shape.  And in the two months since my surgery, my confidence has bloomed but my muscles have not.  I've also been eating like I just discovered junk food.  So my hope is that I can find a healthy motivation that does not become an obsession.  I don't want to focus on calories and pounds, but that's always easier said than done.

Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 151 lbs
Bust: 37.25", Waist: 31", Upper Arm: (R)12.5"/(L)13", Forearm: 9.5", Hips: 41", Thigh: (R)23.5"/(L)22.5", Calf: (R)15.75"/(L)15.25"

Healthy Image Challenge III - Week 20


Healthy Image Challenge III - Week 20
• Confidence is beautiful! •

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Nicole, 31
So a lot has changed since the first challenge - I was finally able to have my skin removal surgery, my J returned from Afghanistan and we moved 4000 miles away to a beautiful island.  Nothing like perfect weather to be the setting for getting back in shape.  And in the two months since my surgery, my confidence has bloomed but my muscles have not.  I've also been eating like I just discovered junk food.  So my hope is that I can find a healthy motivation that does not become an obsession.  I don't want to focus on calories and pounds, but that's always easier said than done.

Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 151 lbs
Bust: 37.25", Waist: 31", Upper Arm: (R)12.5"/(L)13", Forearm: 9.5", Hips: 41", Thigh: (R)23.5"/(L)22.5", Calf: (R)15.75"/(L)15.25"

Finding Hope: Be Self-Aware & Forgive Yourself

I act like a petulant child sometimes.  I'm impatient, judgmental and often hypocritical.  I'm chronically late and a night owl.  I pretty much never have a clean house.  I talk too much and I'm selfish.  I lose my temper and yell at my kids.  I'm insanely demanding of the people closest to me - which generally makes me a bad friend and family member.  No matter how much I have, I usually want something more.   I suck at consistency, but I expect to be successful.  Need I go on?

More than anything, I'm human.

I've spent my entire adult life examining myself and those around me.  I often wondered if I was different from others.  Was I the only one who had so many issues?  Was I the only one whose needs and wants usually conflicted with one another?

The answer is that I still don't have all of the answers.  But what I do know is that since opening up and sharing myself on here, I've learned that I'm not at all alone.  Maybe we're a small part of the population (or maybe not), but there are many of us.  For instance, I had no idea that lots of us have days where we wake up and hate the world.  And every time I share that with someone, they light up finally realizing that they aren't weird.  Or abnormal.  It's okay to be totally fine one day and not the next.  It's okay to not be perfect every day.

It's okay to have a ton of faults.  If you think you don't, then you're oblivious.  I have absolutely never met someone who was perfect.  I never will.  Even the people we idolize because they are amazing actors, journalists, scientists, politicians, writers, philanthropists, musicians, athletes, religious leaders or philosophers - none of them are perfect.  We can't ever give everything to one area of our life without somehow sacrificing some other part.  Everything is a choice.  Some of us dedicate our lives to curing diseases while others dedicate our lives to raising well-adjusted children.  Which of us is more important?  Which of us is stronger? Which has less faults?  What if the aforementioned parent raises the child who cures AIDS?

Once I learned that, I became free to accept each part of myself.  Those different parts add up to be exactly the me I was made to be.  I will never stop trying to grow, but I also understand that some parts of me may never change.  I will lose friends because I need too much.  I may not achieve some of the things I hope to because of my inconsistency.  I will have to work extra hard to be the mom I want to be because it doesn't always come naturally.  I do have to understand that my husband offers me love in his own ways just as I do in return.  I do need to be grateful for those who love me not just in spite of my flaws, but because of them.

But I don't have to be good at everything.  No one is, and that's what makes this world amazing.  I can't crochet, and you would never want me to create a cookbook.  I don't know shit about the mechanics of a vehicle, and I won't be performing surgery in this lifetime.  I can get lost driving a mile from my house, and you can tell me something five times without me retaining the information.  But put me in front of a crowd and I could speak for hours.  I can rock high school algebra with the best of them.  And while I may not be a sprinter, I can walk for miles and miles and miles.

I have my strengths.  And I have my faults.  And together, they don't necessarily make me the kind of person lots of people want to be around, but I'm okay with that.  I love being with my little family, and I enjoy other small gatherings periodically.  It's who I am.  And while being me has definitely been hurtful to others along the way, I'm not really sure how to be someone else.  I'm not really sure that I want to be someone else.  And I have to forgive myself for the pain I've caused, because I'm hopeful that others will do the same.

Just as I make choices about the people I want to be in my life, I have to understand that others may not want me in theirs.  And that has to be okay.  No matter how much forgiveness goes around, we still have to protect ourselves from being hurt again in the future.

By becoming self-aware, I've learned to take a step back and check myself when I'm being judgmental of others.  It doesn't mean I don't retain my illogical opinion, but it does help me understand where others are coming from.  When I'm being hypocritical, I generally know it.  Does that make it any better?  No.  But at least I'm not a self-righteous hypocrite.  Ha.

How does this lead to happiness?  Well, ignorance may seem like bliss but I don't actually think it is.  I think what makes us happy is knowing everything we can about who we are and loving ourselves anyway.  It makes our existence much better because if we can understand and accept our own flaws, we can have more compassion for the flaws in those around us.

I'm okay and so are you.  Even if our personalities are like oil and water.  Oil and vinegar get along fantastically.  And water can make friends with just about anyone.  I'm the oil in this scenario.  You can be the water.

Healthy Image Challenge III - Week 18


Healthy Image Challenge III - Week 18
• Confidence is beautiful! •

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Nicole, 31
So a lot has changed since the first challenge - I was finally able to have my skin removal surgery, my J returned from Afghanistan and we moved 4000 miles away to a beautiful island.  Nothing like perfect weather to be the setting for getting back in shape.  And in the two months since my surgery, my confidence has bloomed but my muscles have not.  I've also been eating like I just discovered junk food.  So my hope is that I can find a healthy motivation that does not become an obsession.  I don't want to focus on calories and pounds, but that's always easier said than done.

Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 151 lbs
Bust: 37.25", Waist: 31", Upper Arm: (R)12.5"/(L)13", Forearm: 9.5", Hips: 41", Thigh: (R)23.5"/(L)22.5", Calf: (R)15.75"/(L)15.25"

Notes From My Journey - Embracing Fickleness

This last month has reminded me that no matter what twists and turns this journey takes, I just have to keep trying different tactics.  I'm the master at attempting new things and failing miserably at most of them.  But I usually permanently embrace one or two things from each step along the way.

I used to think that I would find this one magic thing that would keep me going the rest of my life.  Whether it was running, or a particular weight routine, or a specific diet, or whatever.  In my head, there was going to be something.  I just had to find it.

I'm pretty sure I was absolutely wrong.  Shocking, I know.

6 Months Post-Surgery

I cannot believe it's been six months since my skin removal surgery!  A friend just asked me tonight if I'm glad I did it.  Seriously, it was one of the best decisions of my life.  It changed everything for me. With that said, I'm so disappointed in how my body has changed since August.  I used my new animated GIF skills to show you what I mean:


Finding Hope: Insecurity

Insecurity.  It ruins lives, and I am not exaggerating.  If I think back to my 20 year old self and compare it to my 31 year old self, that's one of the biggest differences.  I'm no longer as insecure.  I'm proud of my life, my husband, my kids, my talents, and my house.  I'm not perfect, but I no longer feel like I need to be.  I don't feel this urge to change everything in my life rightthisminute so I can be on par with the rest of the world.  (Because honestly, the rest of the world is every bit as jacked up as I am.)

I know a lot of this comes with age, and it's been one of my favorite parts of getting older.  But then I still see people 20 years my senior struggling to prove themselves to the world.  So that leads to believe that my journey has also played a huge part.

Healthy Image Challenge III - Week 16


Healthy Image Challenge III - Week 16
• Confidence is beautiful! •

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Nicole, 31
So a lot has changed since the first challenge - I was finally able to have my skin removal surgery, my J returned from Afghanistan and we moved 4000 miles away to a beautiful island.  Nothing like perfect weather to be the setting for getting back in shape.  And in the two months since my surgery, my confidence has bloomed but my muscles have not.  I've also been eating like I just discovered junk food.  So my hope is that I can find a healthy motivation that does not become an obsession.  I don't want to focus on calories and pounds, but that's always easier said than done.

Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 151 lbs
Bust: 37.25", Waist: 31", Upper Arm: (R)12.5"/(L)13", Forearm: 9.5", Hips: 41", Thigh: (R)23.5"/(L)22.5", Calf: (R)15.75"/(L)15.25"

21 Days Part 2

So for the last 21 days, we had a few objectives:

- Walk every day
- Eat gluten-free
- Drink lots of water
- Lift weights for 10 minutes each day

So our results were mixed. (When are they not?!)

We walked every day but I think one or two.  Success!  And I'm 100% sure now that I need that in my life.  Spending 30 minutes with J just talking about our lives and getting fresh air simultaneously is pure bliss.

Notes From My Journey - Strut Your Stuff

Here is something I have learned: we are as sexy as we think we are.  At the exact same weight, I can look in the mirror on one day and think I am a hairstylist away from Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition.  The very next day I can look in the mirror and decide I need a "wide load" sticker attached to my ass.

I have no idea what happens in the span of one day.  And other's perceptions of my body surely aren't changing like mine are, so it's definitely all in my head.  However, one thing I do know is that J's reactions to me do swing with my moods.  Not because he finds me any less attractive.  But if I'm spending weeks putting myself down, he worries about showing affection.  He doesn't want to be rebuffed.  Who would?

One of the best things about my skin removal surgery is that I'm no longer self conscious about all that skin.  It didn't mean much to the outside world, but it completely changed my life.  And that means J no longer hesitates to tell me what he thinks of me.  And I truly don't believe it's because he finds me that much more attractive.  (Yes, it is somewhat that, but not all.)  It's because I act differently.  I act like a sexy beast because I'm more comfortable in my skin.  And the more he acts positively in return, the better I feel.  It's a cycle.

Finding Hope: Bad Days

Back when I was struggling with severe depression, it seemed like I spent most of my days feeling hopeless.  Then each month, I had a few days where I could see clearly and I felt in control.  Those were the best.  But then I also had the horrible days where the hopelessness manifested into something much worse.  Those were the days where I just wanted to give up completely.  I spent hours bawling and screaming at J because he couldn't fix me.  Those were the ones where I felt like I couldn't crawl out of my hole.  It was bad.

When I found myself unexpectedly pregnant with Austin (and dealing with those conflicting emotions on top of the depression), I finally reached out for help.  I was put on Wellbutrin to help with my mood swings. After initially feeling like a zombie, and experimenting with my dosage, it did help.  Sort of.  I still felt hopeless most of the time, and I still had the good periods.  But the horrific days weren't as bad.  They happened more sporadically, and while going through them, I could usually understand that they were temporary.  And that was hugely important.  Knowing that tomorrow might not be as bad can save a person's life.

Notes From My Journey - Binge Eating

It's a real thing.  It's an addiction.  It's not just something fat people do because they're unhappy.  I kind of wish that was the case.  I was a fat, unhappy woman and then I was a thin, mostly happy woman.  Both versions of me binged.  The versions in between did too.

I want to preface this post by making it clear that I'm not trying to discourage you.  Not at all.  In my head, knowledge is power.  And with that power, hopefully you'll be able to make better choices than I have in my journey.

I've never understood drugs or alcohol addictions.  Cigarettes, yes.  But when I was finally ready to give those up, I did.  So obviously it's that easy for everyone.  Or it should be.  Right?

I still don't have the answer for that, but what I can say is this...cigarettes are easy to classify in my head.  I know that I can't just smoke periodically.  I'm too compulsive for that.  I can't just have one when I'm drinking.  No, I know that it's all or nothing.  And because I've seen the consequences of long-term smoking, I was able to just stop.  Done.  Four years later, it's not even a consideration.

Success

We've now been in Hawaii for over four months.  It's still every bit as beautiful, and we still have plenty to do and see.  I'm not at all sad that we're missing the record-breaking snowfall in Indiana - in fact I absolutely adore going to the beach in the middle of February.  Our house has come together beautifully, we don't have bug issues, and we've actually been having (lots of) people over!  The kids are making many friends, and I'm socializing as well.  But most of all, I'm so thankful to have our family back together.  Aside from the newfound appreciation we have for each other, it's almost like J's time in Afghanistan never happened.

Life is really really good.

So what the hell is happening with my declining emotional state?  Everything I could ever want is right before me, but I can feel my happiness waning.  And I gotta be honest with you, that's just not okay.

I could just not post about this.  There's something to be said for putting on a smile and showing a front of continued bliss.  There is.  But I've never been that girl.  This blog is about being real, and I'm really trying to figure out what is wrong.


I think I finally know what it is.  I feel like a failure.

Finding Hope: Listen

If you're anything like me, you've had a bad habit of turning your nose up at "advice".  Sometimes you just want to bitch about your life, and your loved ones think they need to help.  Which is appreciated of course, but in the moment, you aren't really open to hearing it.  I really do get it.  Promise.  But the problem with that is many times, you actually do need to hear what others have to say.  That second perspective can actually change your life.

I remember having conversations with my dad years ago about how different our priorities were.  In all of my naivety, I thought that mine would stay the same.  I didn't much care about how nice my house was (as long as it was clean and decent of course), and I wasn't at all interested in traveling.  I had a vehicle that cost nearly as much as my house payment, and that made perfect sense to me.  We are all just different, I thought.

What I didn't know then was that I wasn't at all different; I just didn't get it.  Having a nice home and being able to take vacations is something I absolutely need.  It doesn't mean I need a million dollar mansion - not at all.  But it does mean that it's important to me to have a home I put lots of effort into - a home that makes me want to invite over family and friends.  I need a home that feels comfortable and familiar.

Healthy Image Challenge III - Week 14


Healthy Image Challenge III - Week 14
• Confidence is beautiful! •

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Nicole, 31
So a lot has changed since the first challenge - I was finally able to have my skin removal surgery, my J returned from Afghanistan and we moved 4000 miles away to a beautiful island.  Nothing like perfect weather to be the setting for getting back in shape.  And in the two months since my surgery, my confidence has bloomed but my muscles have not.  I've also been eating like I just discovered junk food.  So my hope is that I can find a healthy motivation that does not become an obsession.  I don't want to focus on calories and pounds, but that's always easier said than done.

Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 151 lbs
Bust: 37.25", Waist: 31", Upper Arm: (R)12.5"/(L)13", Forearm: 9.5", Hips: 41", Thigh: (R)23.5"/(L)22.5", Calf: (R)15.75"/(L)15.25"

Week 2 (11/17):
Weight: 151 lbs
Bust: 38", Waist: 31.5", Upper Arm: 13.5", Forearm: 9.5", Hips: 41.25", Thigh: (R)24"/(L)23.25", Calf: 15.5"
Well, we've been fairly active but I'm still eating way too much candy. I either need to quit eating it or quit complaining about eating it. ;)

Week 4 (12/1):
Weight: 159 lbs
Bust: 40", Waist: 32.25", Upper Arm: (R)12.5"/(L)13.5", Forearm: 9.5", Hips: 41.25", Thigh: (R)24.5"/(L)24.25", Calf: 16"
Serious freaking weight gain. Working on it!

Week 6 (12/15):
Weight: 159 lbs
Bust: 39.5", Waist: 31.75", Upper Arm: (R)13.5"/(L)13", Forearm: 9.5", Hips: 42.75", Thigh: (R)24.5"/(L)24.25", Calf: 15.5"
Not much progress, but I'm trying. :)

Week 8 (12/29):
Weight: 161 lbs
Bust: 39.5", Waist: 31.75", Upper Arm: (R)13.5"/(L)13", Forearm: 9.5", Hips: 42.75", Thigh: (R)24.5"/(L)24.25", Calf: 15.5"

Week 10 (1/12/14)):
Weight: 163 lbs
Bust: 39.5", Waist: 31.75", Upper Arm: (R)13.5"/(L)13", Forearm: 9.5", Hips: 42.75", Thigh: (R)24.5"/(L)24.25", Calf: 15.5"

Week 12 (1/26/14)):
Weight: 164 lbs
Bust: 41.5", Waist: 34", Upper Arm: (R)13.25"/(L)14", Forearm: 9.75", Hips: 42", Thigh: (R)25.5"/(L)25", Calf: 16"

Week 14 (2/9/14)):
Weight: 168 lbs
Bust: 40.75", Waist: 33.5", Upper Arm: 13.75", Forearm: 9.5", Hips: 42.5", Thigh: (R)24.5"/(L)24.75", Calf: 15.5"
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Amber
So, I'm doing approximately 50 different challenges right now, so I figured, what's one more? I've got a step challenge thru work, and four different ones thru a fitness group I'm in on FB (giving up diet coke and ice cream for 30 days, trying to do 75 push-ups in a row the next 60 days, and run an 8 min mile in the next 60 days). I'm hoping I can meet these goals and keep up with this challenge too!

Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 130 lbs
Waist: 29", Hips: 39", Chest: 36", Each bicep (flexed): 12"

Week 2 (11/17):
Weight: 130 lbs
Waist: 29", Hips: 39", Chest: 36", Each bicep (flexed): 12"
I was horrible with my food this week--lots of greasy fried stuff and sweets. I'm PMS'ing and just kept giving into my cravings. Need to get back on track this week.

Week 4 (12/1):
Weight: 129 lbs
Waist: 28.5", Hips: 39", Chest: 36", Each bicep (flexed): 11.75"
I have had some major non-scale victories in the past two weeks--I ran my fastest mile at 8:07; I beat my PR in the 5k and the 10k (running them in 28:40 and 60:00 respectively). I'm really proud of myself and hope to be able to just maintain my weight over the holidays. Oh, and my dorky knee socks are my compression socks after my seven mile run today.

Week 6 (12/15):
Weight: 129 lbs
Waist: 28", Hips: 38.5", Chest: 34", Each bicep (flexed): 11.75"
I had a few bad food days (I've developed a serious hot chocolate addiction), but some great workouts. I took another 20 seconds off my best 5k time. And I can't remember if I reported this here already, but I met my goal of an 8 minute mile--I did it in 7:54.

Week 8 (12/29):
Weight: 129 lbs
Waist: 28", Hips: 38.5", Chest: 34", Each bicep (flexed): 11.625"
I've been thinking a lot about my health and fitness goals for 2014, and I really want to focus on strength. I didn't meet my 75 push-up goal this year, so I want to try that again. I also want to do at least one unassisted pull-up. And I'd really like to continue to work on my speed. I want to beat my 2:16 half marathon time.

Week 10 (1/12/14):
Weight: 128 lbs
Waist: 28", Hips: 38", Chest: 36" (realized I had been measuring my chest with my boobs flattened in a sports bra so this is the accurate measurement)
Well, as soon as I was about to start training for my next half marathon, I get hurt. My hip is all jacked up again, so I'm taking some time off and covering myself in bio freeze!

Week 12 (1/26/14):
Weight: 130 lbs
Waist: 28.5", Hips: 38.5", Chest: 35", Biceps: 11.25"
I am soooo bloated this weekend. Just gassy and feeling gross. I'm starting a 7 day clean eating challenge today and I feel like I definitely need it. I even asked Scott to cut out my face because I just looked gross today so enjoy my headless pics.

Week 14 (2/9/14):
Weight: 129 lbs
Waist: 28", Hips: 38", Chest: 35", Biceps: 12"
This has been an interesting two weeks. The week after our last picture post, I did a seven day clean eating challenge--no sugar, no processed carbs, no dairy, nothing from a bag, box, or can...basically only food as it appears in nature. On top of that, I had to have a 500 calorie deficit each day for the challenge. I learned a lot about myself--I'm sensitive to dairy, big time. I don't even eat a ton of it normally, but without it, I felt sooo much better--no bloating, no stomach aches, and most surprisingly, I didn't have any rosacea flares ups on my face! I love dairy too much to give it up forever, but now I definitely know to limit it. I also lost 4 1/2 lbs in seven days. Unfortunately though, as you can see, I gained it all back this week going back to my normal eating habits! Oh, and our treadmill exploded (yes, literally) this week so I went from a great week of exercise to none really at all! I promise I will stop being lazy this week!
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Cari, 33
I lost 30 pounds after I had my daughter but can't seem to get back to that weight/body since having my son (he's three).  I would like to lose the flab and build more self confidence in myself.  I love competition and pushing myself to my limits.  I am struggling with a bum knee which has kept me from exercising as much as I would like.  I hate diets but I also don't eat unhealthy too often.  I can't wait to meet my challengers.

Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 143.8
Bust: 36", Waist: 31", Biceps: 12", Upper thighs: 34.75", Hips: 40", Left calf: 14.5", Right calf: 14"

Week 2 (11/17):
Weight: 143
Bust: 36", Waist: 31", Biceps: 12", Upper left thigh: 24.75", Upper right thigh: 24", Hips: 39.75", Left calf: 14.5", Right calf: 14"

Week 4 (12/1):
Weight: 142
Bust: 35", Waist: 29.75", Biceps: 12", Upper left thigh: 24.25", Upper right thigh: 23.75", Hips: 39.75", Left calf: 14.25", Right calf: 13.75"

Week 6 (12/15):
Weight: 141.8
Bust: 34.75", Waist: 29.75", Biceps: 12", Upper left thigh: 24.25", Upper right thigh: 24.5", Hips: 39", Calves: 14"
I'm slowly going down but that's so much better than going up!

Week 8 (12/29):
Weight: 142.6
Bust: 33.75", Waist: 29.75", Left bicep: 11.75", Right bicep: 12", Upper left thigh: 24", Upper right thigh: 23.75", Hips: 39", Left calf: 14", Right calf: 13.75"
Yep, not so good, but it could have been worse!

Week 10 (1/12/14):
Weight: 142.5
Bust: 33.75", Waist: 30", Left bicep: 11.75", Right bicep: 11.75", Upper left thigh: 24", Upper right thigh: 23.75", Hips: 39", Left calf: 14", Right calf: 14"
I'm lacking some serious motivation!

Week 12 (1/26/14):
Weight: 143.8
Bust: 34", Waist: 30.25", Left bicep: 11.5", Right bicep: 11.5", Upper left thigh: 24.5", Upper right thigh: 23.75", Hips: 39.25", Left calf: 14.5", Right calf: 13.75"
The weather here has been horrible and my treadmill has become quite boring! I can't wait for it to warm up so I can run outside again! It's suppose to be -14 on Tuesday. Yuck!

Week 14 (2/9/14):
Bust: 35", Waist: 30", Left bicep: 12", Right bicep: 12", Upper left thigh: 24.5", Upper right thigh: 24", Hips: 39.75", Left calf: 14", Right calf: 13.5"
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Chastity, 30
I am doing this challenge to help me be accountable to myself and family, while changing our life style to be healthy and support each other as a couple in our fitness goals.  My goals over the next few months is to gain weight building my muscle mass while improving my health.

Starting info (11/3):
Bust: 35.5", Waist: 27", Hips: 34.25", Upper arm (flexing): 10", Forearms: 8.25", Thighs: 19.75", Calves: 12.25"

Week 2 (11/17):
Bust: 33.5", Waist: 26", Hips: 33.75", Upper arm (flexing): 10.25", Forearms: 8.5", Thighs: 19", Calves: 12.25"
The last 2 weeks have been stressful and I've honestly not been following clean eating habits as much as I would like. It's rather encouraging to see some results from my workout and honestly is will be the push to keep me going.
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Raendra, 33
I put on a lot of weight while having my 3 boys within 3 years.  In the past year and a half I have dropped over 35 lbs 2 different times- only to gain it right back.  My deepest desire is to have a healthy relationship with food- not the diet and binge eating roller coaster I have been on.  I need some accountability and I have hope that I can make this change.  My goal is to be more mindful of how I feed my body and to be more creative in finding opportunities to exercise!

Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 196.2 lbs
Bust: 41", Waist: 44", Thighs: 24.5"

Week 2 (11/17):
Weight: 193.2 lbs
Bust: 41", Waist: 44", Thighs: 24.5"
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Becky, 31
My goal this challenge is to appreciate my body in all its stages, focus on being healthy and fit - not a certain size/weight, and to provide a good example of overall wellness for my family.

Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 207.2
Neck: 14.75", Chest 44.5", R arm: 14", L arm: 14.5", Waist: 45.5", Hips: 51.5", L leg: 27.5", R leg: 27.5", L calf: 16.25", R calf: 16.5"

Week 2 (11/17):
Weight: 204.2
Neck: 13.75", Chest 44", R arm: 12.5", L arm: 11", Waist: 44", Hips: 49.5", L leg: 25.75", R leg: 26.25", L calf: 14.75", R calf: 15"

Week 4 (12/1):
Neck: 13.75", Chest 43.5", R arm: 13.25", L arm: 13.25", Waist: 43.25", Hips: 49", L leg: 26.25", R leg: 26.5", L calf: 15", R calf: 15"

Week 6 (12/15):
Neck: 13.75", Chest 43.5", R arm: 13.25", L arm: 13.25", Waist: 43.25", Hips: 49", L leg: 26.25", R leg: 26.5", L calf: 15", R calf: 15"

Week 8 (12/29):
Neck: 13.75", Chest 43.5", R arm: 13.25", L arm: 13.25", Waist: 43.25", Hips: 49", L leg: 26.25", R leg: 26.5", L calf: 15", R calf: 15"

Week 10 (1/12/14):
Weight: 206.6
Neck: 13.75", Chest 43.5", R arm: 13.25", L arm: 13.25", Waist: 43.25", Hips: 49", L leg: 26.25", R leg: 26.5", L calf: 15", R calf: 15"

Week 12 (1/26/14):
Weight: 204.2
Neck: 13.5", Chest 42", R arm: 12.75", L arm: 12", Waist: 44", Hips: 50.75", L leg: 25.75", R leg: 26", L calf: 15", R calf: 15"

Week 14 (2/9/14):
Weight: 204.2
Neck: 13.5", Chest 42", R arm: 12.75", L arm: 12", Waist: 44", Hips: 50.75", L leg: 25.75", R leg: 26", L calf: 15", R calf: 15"
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Christine
Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 230
Arms: 15.5", Waist: 48", Bust: 46", Thigh: 26.5", Neck: 17", Hips: 53"

Week 2 (11/17):
Weight: 228
Arms: 15.5", Waist: 48", Bust: 46", Thigh: 26.5", Neck: 17", Hips: 53"

Week 4 (12/1):
Arms: 14.5", Waist: 47", Bust: 44.5", Thigh: 24.5", Hips: 52"

Week 6 (12/14):
Arms: 14.5", Waist: 47", Bust: 44.5", Thigh: 24.5", Hips: 52"

Week 8 (12/29):
Arms: 16", Waist: 46.25", Bust: 47.25", Thigh: 25", Hips: 52.5"
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Cassie
Starting info (11/3):
Thighs: 25.5", Waist: 48.5", Hips: 50", Bust 43", Arm: 14.5", Calf: 15"

Week 2 (11/17):
Thighs: 25.5", Waist: 48.5", Hips: 50", Bust 43", Arm: 14.5", Calf: 15"

Week 4 (12/1):
Thighs: 23", Waist: 45", Hips: 50", Bust 42", Arm: 13", Calf: 15"

Week 6 (12/15):
Thighs: 23", Waist: 45", Hips: 50", Bust 42", Arm: 13", Calf: 15"

Week 8 (12/29):
Thighs: 22.5", Waist: 44", Hips: 49", Bust 42", Arm: 13", Calf: 15"

Week 10 (1/12/14):
Thighs: 22", Waist: 44", Hips: 47", Bust 42", Arm: 13", Calf: 15"
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Kaylene
Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 170
Arm: 11.5", Bust: 37.5", Waist: 24.25", Hips: 22.25", Thigh: 21", Calf: 14"

Week 2 (11/17):
Weight: 166
Arm: 11.5", Bust: 37.5", Waist: 24.25", Hips: 22.25", Thigh: 21", Calf: 14"

Week 4 (12/1):
Arm: 11.25", Bust: 39", Waist: 36", Hips: 39.5", Thigh: 19"

Week 6 (12/15):
Arm: 11.25", Bust: 39", Waist: 36", Hips: 39.5", Thigh: 19"
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Jessii, 31
I am currently not real happy with myself. I have put on a lot of weight in the past few months. I've actually gained back nearly 30 pounds, nearly half of what I had lost. Not good. And I currently have an injury, so I am limited on what type of exercise I can do. My goal with this image challenge is to really refocus. Start over. Relearn things. Ease into it. And I want to feel comfortable again. I am so uncomfortable all the time right now. I want to feel comfortable in my own skin. I know that I can do it!

Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 182.8
Neck: 13.375", Upper Arm: 12.5", Forearm: 10", Wrist: 6.25", Chest: 37.25", Waist 1: 40.875", Waist 2: 43", Hips: 43", Abductors: 41", Upper Thigh: 26.5", Knee: 18.5", Calf: 16", Ankle: 9.625"

Week 2 (11/17):
Neck: 13.5", Upper Arm: 13", Forearm: 10.125", Wrist: 6.125", Chest: 37.25", Waist 1: 40.875", Waist 2: 43", Hips: 46.5", Abductors: 41.25", Upper Thigh: 25.74", Knee: 18", Calf: 16", Ankle: 9.625"
The last two weeks haven't gone that great. My measurements have basically stayed the same but first my husband and then myself got hit by a nasty bug. So there hasn't been much homemade food here or movement. We're finally on the upswing of things and I actually made REAL food for dinner tonight, so I am hopeful that my next measurements will show some good change!

Week 4 (12/1):
Weight: 190.5
Neck: 13.5", Upper Arm: 12.375", Forearm: 10.25", Wrist: 6.125", Chest: 37.25", Waist 1: 40.25", Waist 2: 43", Hips: 46.5", Abductors: 41.625", Upper Thigh: 26", Knee: 17.5", Calf: 15.75", Ankle: 9.325"
Not nearly what I thought I'd be right now. I was doing great with eating and had even exercised twice... Then two Thanksgivings hit. Plus being at houses that had a lot of junk around. Self control was lost. Not good. But in back to tracking. My next round will be better!

Week 6 (12/15):
Weight: 194.5
Neck: 13.5", Upper Arm: 12.625", Forearm: 10.25", Wrist: 6.125", Chest: 37.25", Waist 1: 40.25", Waist 2: 43", Hips: 47", Abductors: 41.625", Upper Thigh: 26", Knee: 17.5", Calf: 15.75", Ankle: 9.325"
For the most part I stayed the same... I think the gain is partially false, I feel like I'm majorly retaining water. Either way though, I need to get things under control. My goal for the next two weeks it to focus on getting my exercise going again, even if it's just walking. That's more than I've been doing most days!

Week 8 (12/29):
Neck: 13.5", Upper Arm: 12.625", Forearm: 10.5", Wrist: 6.25", Chest: 38.625", Waist 1: 41.75", Waist 2: 44", Hips: 49", Abductors: 44.5", Upper Thigh: 27.375", Knee: 19.5", Calf: 16.5", Ankle: 9.875"
I am not even remotely happy with myself right now. In fact, I am pretty much the furthest away from happy with myself that I can be. I am disgusted with myself. But that's changing this week. I'm sick of this, sick of my clothes not fitting at all, sick of how I feel, sick of everything. So I am changing it. This is the last time I will EVER see measurements this high.

Week 10 (1/12/14):
Weight: 202.4
Neck: 13.5", Upper Arm: 12.625", Forearm: 10.5", Wrist: 6.25", Chest: 38.625", Waist 1: 40.25", Waist 2: 41.25", Hips: 48.5", Abductors: 44.5", Upper Thigh: 27.375", Knee: 19.5", Calf: 16.5", Ankle: 9.875"
Most of my measurements stayed the same, but I lost my measuring tape and had to use a string (lol) so I'm not sure that I trust it this week. Lol. My weight is higher than last measured on here but I've actually lost a pound in the last week. And I'm back on track FINALLY with my eating and I've been getting in a bit of exercise. I'm starting to feel better about myself!

Week 12 (1/26/14):
Weight: 203.5
Neck: 13.375", Upper Arm: 12.5", Forearm: 10.25", Wrist: 6.25", Chest: 37.25", Waist 1: 43", Waist 2: 45", Hips: 49", Abductors: 41", Upper Thigh: 26.5", Knee: 18.5", Calf: 16", Ankle: 9.625"
This week is a bad one for measurements, as I am extremely bloated. As can be seen with my waist and hip measurements. So I'm bit letting it get me down. I'm going to keep on going! One thing I've done since last time was buy jeans that actually fit! My options before were ones that were waaaaaay too right or ones that fell off my butt, looked horrible, AND had a hole in the crotch. So, I broke down and bought some new ones, and now feel a bit better when I have to leave the house.

Week 14 (2/9/14):
Weight: 203.5
Neck: 13", Upper Arm: 12.25", Forearm: 10.125", Wrist: 6.25", Chest: 37.375", Waist 1: 43", Waist 2: 45.25", Hips: 48.5", Abductors: 41", Upper Thigh: 25.5", Knee: 18.5", Calf: 16", Ankle: 9.625"
My measurements are still holding pretty steady, but I'm feeling better about myself because I'm actually exercising now! So they should start changing soon!
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Kelli
Ok here I go. This was very hard for me. I am doing this for me. I hate what I have become which is the old me. I have lost over 100 pounds 6 years ago and now I'm back here... I hope this gives me the motivation to be a better person for myself and my family.

Starting info (11/3):
Weight: 248
Waist: 41", Breast: 44", Hips: 49", Thighs: 28", Arms: 13", Calves: 18"

Week 2 (11/17):
Weight: 246
Waist: 41", Breast: 44", Hips: 49", Thighs: 28", Arms: 13", Calves: 18"

Week 4 (12/1):
Weight: 249.3
Waist: 41", Breast: 44", Hips: 49", Thighs: 28", Arms: 13", Calves: 18"
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If you're reading this and you'd like to join, you are welcome anytime! You'll just be joining for the support - not the chance at the gift card. :)
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