Monday, June 3, 2013

ORB Update

So, I was just going to do my usual weekend recap and call it good, but I realized that I still haven't posted my Operation Red Bikini update yet. Since I've had the button on my page for months, I at least owe it to the wonderful sponsors to keep up my end of the bargain.

I had no idea when I started this journey (or whatever else you want to call it) 11 months ago that I would end up connecting with some of the most supportive and funny and great people ever. I just knew that I didn't want to be fat anymore. I already posted about my A-ha moment and so I started off just counting calories and trying out Couch to 5K. At the time, I could barely run a full minute without needing to stop and walk. Yet I kept going. I hit the 10 pound mark after one month and felt great. I took a break from running for a month and started doing some other workout videos. I slacked on counting calories and the pounds came off slower (shocker). I picked up running again and tried the Whole 30/Paleo way of eating for a month and I hit the 20 pound mark in October.

I ran my first and second 5Ks in November and was hooked. I managed to stay on track during the holiday seasons and in December, I hit my 30 pound loss mark. In January, I ran my first 10K with a group of wonderful ladies. I was feeling really good and happy with the way I looked and was feeling. Then the Operation Red Bikini challenge was announced and I thought that it was perfect to keep the momentum going.

I set some lofty goals for myself for February and then somewhere along the way, I fell off the wagon, so to speak. People kept telling me how great I looked and I let it go to my head. I let myself get lazy. I started the half marathon training as a way to build up my endurance and then quit after a couple of weeks. I was still getting runs in however, just not as frequently. I tried to complete 30 days of Jillian twice without success (two weeks seems to be my limit, for some reason). I also became rather lax about what I've been eating. Pizza has once again become a regular meal for us instead of a once in a while meal.

Needless to say, I have not lost any weight or inches since February. I haven't gained any either, so my body is apparently stuck in maintenance mode. Apparently, I am doing just enough exercise to offset my not so great eating habits. Something clicked back into place last week for me, though. Maybe it is my impending birthday or maybe it is the fact that I have been so bloated I look 5 months pregnant, but either way I'm ready to get back at it. I do want to wear a bikini this summer Goddammit, and I want to feel at least semi-confident in it.

So, I am back at it again. I have signed up for the Fort4Fitness half marathon and I will run that in under 3 hours. I had printed off Marcy's May challenge with the intent of doing it (I didn't) so I am now using it for June. I also am doing my own little squat challenge that I made up. These are "easy" exercises that I can do without taking up a bunch of time and I can stick with. I want to get rid of the spare tire that has been hanging around my midsection for too long.

I have had a lot of ups and downs the past year, but although I may not be at my ultimate goal, I am damn proud of myself. 30 pounds may not seem like much when there are some extraordinary women out there who have lost 100+ pounds, but it is all mine. I worked for it and did things I never thought possible (like running/walking a half marathon). I love that I have muscles now! I am comfortable in my own skin and happier with myself than I have been in a long time. Thank you to all my friends in blogland that have helped along the way. The road was that much more enjoyable with you along for the ride.