Thursday, May 8, 2014

Week 19 Weigh-In and 60 Pounds Down

197 lbs. - 60 lbs. down officially -- YAY!

My group leader handed around a list of weights and some unusual things that weigh that amount.  I'm THRILLED to announce that tonight I have officially lost the equivalent of an elephant's penis so far!  Now that's an accomplishment.  On to bigger and better things, whatever they may be!

This was the next to last week of our Optifast class - some of my classmates are winding down and preparing to go onto the 6 week maintenance class, and quite a few of us who have not reached goal will be continuing on to a new class, joined by people who will just be starting Optifast.  I remember my first class.  I clearly remember those returning people, looking slender and offering tips and words of encouragement.  Now it's my turn to speak about my experience and offer advice.  My appearance is different, and I'm so happy to have experienced many scale and non-scale victories so far.  I've updated my Progress in Pictures.

I'm not afraid to walk places anymore for fear of getting winded or of hurting my Achilles tendon or my sciatica flaring up.  I enjoy shopping now, in normal stores -- and even better -- from the Sale rack!  I recently slipped on my original wedding band, which was tight, but in a few more pounds, I should be able to wear it again. This will be the first time in 15 years!  I play and swim with my kids now.  I don't regret a moment of this journey, even though on Day 1 I was unsure about if I could do it.  I've learned not to put too much stock in my initial self-doubt when facing new challenges.  Sometimes you just need to forge ahead into the unknown and have faith that you will know what to do each day.


Unknown said...

Christy, this is a beautiful post to read! Congratulations on 60 pounds down! That is truly truly a wonderful achievement. You have made such amazing changes for your body and life.

I'm sure you will be bringing so much wisdom and support to those new people starting. They will be very lucky to have you in their class!

Woohoo! So happy for you! Congratulations again! <3

happyinca said...

Aww, thanks for you encouragement Caitlin. It has been a very important part of my journey.

Unknown said...

I have been following your blog for a few weeks now. I started an Optifast program 7 weeks ago and have drawn lots of motivation and encouragement from your posts. My weight loss has not been steady, the scale has been going down slower than I had hoped, so it is nice to see from your success that it all pays off in the end.

happyinca said...

Hi Tara, thank you so much for reading my blog. I'm humbled that I can provide some encouragement for your Optifast experience! I completely understand the ups and downs. If you look at my progress, it has had it's moments of being slow - I feel like I'm currently in one of those phases. But hey, all that matters is that the scale goes down, right? I'll bet right now you are shrinking out of some clothes! I wish you all the best, and am glad to get to meet you. Take care, Christy