Seven days… That’s all the time left in this challenge. Week 23 was a “GET YOUR LIFE!” week for me. I entered the week knowing I had major work to do. I was very strict with my food intake. I hardly had any carbs and I really hit the protein hard. I also upped my cardio from every other day to every day and I took a day off from weights. It was a busy week of presenting for work so most of my workouts were done in the evening.
Praise Jesus because changing up my routine worked! I had a successful weigh in and once again, no tilapigus! That is the real victory here.
This week I lost 8.4 pounds. It’s the first big number I’ve pulled this challenge.
This put me at a total of 16.7 pounds lost for this challenge and 94.6 pounds lost overall.
I’ve still got 3.3 pounds left to lose to hit 20 pounds. Even though I’m not on tilapigus, I will still be cutting carbs and doing extra cardio because I don’t want to risk a 1.5 pound week happening and I’ve had several of those this challenge. So it may look like I’m close to my goal, but this will be a week of serious work.
Glamour shots ahead…
Pardon the weird weigh in picture this week. I slept through my alarms (three of them) and had to rush to weigh in before going to work. Hence the “outfit.”
NOPE. It’s not. That doesn’t even seem reasonable so I did the math.
At 3.95 ounces each, here’s the more accurate number. Still impressive if you ask me.
Unfortunately that makes me question all the other “I lost this much” pictures I’ve posted. We’ll just ignore that for now and assume this was the only outlandish one.
I hit a major milestone this week. I finally weighed in under 200 pounds! I have moved in to ONEderland and I never plan on leaving. For those of you wondering, ONEderland is the beautiful place you get to live when you weigh 199.9 pounds or less. I’ve been waiting six months for this and I’m ecstatic!
This is the first time since I was 18 years old that I’ve been under 200 pounds. This journey has been full of firsts. This is the first time I can run for an extended period of time… This is the first time I feel good about the way I look… This is the first time my husband has known me at this weight and in this shape… This is the first time I feel confident enough to talk about my struggles… This is the first time I feel like anxiety and depression aren’t in control of my life…
All of these firsts keep piling up and I want this life to continue. I love the feeling of accomplishing my goals. I feel amazing but I know I still have work to do. I’m 5.4 pounds away from losing 100 pounds and I would love for that to happen this week, but I’m going to focus on those 3.3 pounds before anything else. As long as I can make it over to the 5th challenge, I’ll be alright.
It wouldn’t be right to finish my post without mentioning this weekend. Hurricane Harvey hit our beautiful state pretty hard and there are so many people whose lives have been devastated in just a matter of two days. If you can donate or help in any way please do. If you believe in the power of prayer please pray for all of those affected by this tragedy. If you don’t know how to donate here is a link that will give you more information.
I know this is a short post but next week’s is an “end of challenge” post so I know it’ll take a little longer to get through. I’ll also post gym pics from throughout the challenge next week.
In the meantime, I’ll be making a list of things I want to eat during the off week…