I didn't mean to abandon you guys on Friday. Let me just say that I picked the worst possible month to engage in a fitness challenge. Challenge is definitely the operative word. It's been a challenge to eat well and even more of a challenge to work out on a regular basis. Not only was Josh's week in Iowa difficult, but work has been a little crazy. I don't talk much about my job on the blog, but it can be pretty stressful. I'm a paralegal for the litigation group at a defense firm in Birmingham. One of my cases has some pretty important dates on the calendar for the next several months and I pretty much haven't had time to breath while in my office. I've gone in early and stayed late and thought I was going to have work for a few hours yesterday. It's been so crazy that I haven't gotten in many lunch time runs this month and that takes a toll on my fitness level and also my mental stability! My legs get itchy after a week of not running and I'm starting to crave the miles. This week won't be much better, but I'm going to do my best to get out of the office at least a few days this week to run.
I've decided that instead of being discouraged about the first two weeks, I'm not going to put pressure on myself to have some major results by the end of the next two weeks. I'll still have almost two more after that before we head to the beach, so I'm going to work as hard as I can between now and then and keep on working when we get home. Every little bit counts and even though I haven't transformed my mindset completely in two weeks, I have made major progress.
- I'm drinking MUCH more water. I'm filling up my Tervis with ice water as soon as I get to work and nursing it all day long. I'm not keeping tea or soda in the fridge at home either and that helps. I did splurge a little at lunch on Friday and I am having some DP on the weekends, but over all I'm in a completely different place that I was a few weeks ago. I am drinking far fewer calories as a whole.
- I'm not eating out nearly as much as I was and I'm having very little fast food - none during the week at all and only once this weekend.
- My grocery cart looks a lot different and I'm loading up on fresh fruits & veggies. I'm steering clear of the processed foods as much as possible (even for the rest of my family) and trying to shop the perimeter of the market only.
- I also discovered Almond Milk this past week. Since I can't omit cheese from my diet, replacing milk in my shakes is helping me eliminate all other dairy from my diet. I have no idea what it tastes like by itself, but I haven't noticed a difference in my breakfast shake AT ALL.
The real challenge this week was swimsuit shopping. I told y'all I ordered a super cute one on-line last week, but I didn't love the way it fit. I was really disappointed. The bottoms were awesome, but the top didn't fit great. Awkward confession time... before I had babies, I had a pretty decent sized chest, especially considering my frame. Not only did two pregnancies and nursing wreak some havoc, but the weight I've lost over the last two years has really done a number on that whole situation. It isn't pretty and I have a really hard time finding a swimsuit top that is flattering. The one I ordered was sold out in a small, so I got a medium top and it just didn't work. Josh took me shopping yesterday for Mother's Day (even though the Mayer tickets were technically my gift) and what I really wanted was a swimsuit. We headed to Everything but Water and bless his heart, he was the only man there. He was a trooper and watched me try on suit after suit after suit. Our favorite topped the charts at $200 and I just couldn't bite the bullet. Instead I narrowed it down to the two suits below.
Let's just say it is completely outside of my comfort zone to share these pictures, but what are you gonna do? When comparing these to the way befores, there is no contest, so I'm gonna be happy with what I've got. I'm resolved that I'm not going to look like a super model, but I'll take my semi-flat stomach over the body I had two years ago. I know that some of you will look at these and think I have nothing to complain about. I get that, I really do. I've lost all of the weight I want to and I'm at my goal size. The thing I'm working on now is just toning it all up. I want to be tight again and even though I photographed pretty well, the "curtain of flesh" on my belly isn't all that great in real life!
I loved the one on the right and it was on sale. I actually tried it on last year and didn't buy it, but it was half price this season. I ended up not buying it, but I kind of wish I had gotten them both. It was really flattering in the chest area, but I was worried about the tan lines it would leave behind. The one on the left was the first one I picked up, the first one I tried on and the clear favorite. I have ZERO chest in in whatsoever, but at least the girls are contained and aren't having down by my belly button, right?! I love the cutouts on the bottom and the back of the top is amazing. Let me just say that I don't normally spend $100+ on a swimsuit, but I decided after all my hard work and finally being able to wear a bikini with confidence again that I was going to buy the one I wanted. It didn't hurt that we got a gift card at work for Administrative Professional's Day a few weeks ago and I hadn't spent it yet.
I was supposed to weigh myself and take measurements this weekend, but the battery in my scale died. I'm going to pick one up tomorrow, so I might come back and update the post after that. I doubt we'll see much of a difference, but I'm happy with the progress I've made in my head more than anything. I'm getting back into a great fitness routine and making good decisions.
I'm sorry for the post delay, but if you posted about fitness on Friday, feel free to come back and link up!