a "new" new years eve? aka "progress"

This blog is a few months in the making...

(don't be distracted by my sons birthday presents here, look at that belly!  This was about 2 weeks before my daughter was born)

Just like everyone does, I made quite a few new years resolutions, and well, like just about everyone I know, it took a while for me to START those resolutions.  This year, like quite a few years in the past, one of my resolutions was to lose weight.  But not just to lose weight, but to TONE up my body.   I've never had a lot of weight on me, but I've also never been one to be toned. So, I decided (and maybe because I was going to be turning 30) that this was going to be the year that I finally got a toned body.  When I was pregnant with my daughter I didn't gain an extraordinary amount of weight (I think I was around 150 at the end there...), and for some reason it automatically came off (don't ask me how, because I dont know, it was the same with my son) but I still wanted to finally get the body that I've wanted for so long.

Fast forward 4 or so months...and I decided i had better get started on doing this.

When I started working out in the beginning of April, my weight was fluxuating between 120 and 119, pretty good in my opinion.  but like I said, I wanted to be more toned, and I knew that muscle would weigh more than fat...so I actually put my goal weight at 113, because I weighed about 115 through high school.  One of my motivators through the beginning of my working out schedule?  Pinterest.  Go ahead and laugh.  But honestly there are so many workouts and motivational things on that site that its almost impossible to NOT want to work out. 

(It's not so much the picture that I use as motivation, but the saying, because I do want to be a "fit mama" and I love that Dude will do "jumping jacks" and "crunches" with me, and will do stretches with me before I go for a run!)

I admit, I started out pretty slow...working out about 2 or 3 mornings/days a week...with ambitions to add in more workouts.  Lets be honest, that didn't exactly happen, but I did up my work outs to 4 or 5 mornings a week.   Then I started adding in certain diet foods, eating very consciously, taking vitamins and supplements.  Yes, I started to see a very signifigant change.  When S. told me that he was definitely seeing a change too, my encouragement and enthusiasm raised considerably!  I started taking my weight and measurements every week (on the same day and time) and wrote my weight on my bathroom mirror as a constant reminder and as motivation, like this pin I found on Pinterest.

Then, one week, I started eating only "water" foods such as watermelon, cucumber, and celery, and making sure to drink AT LEAST 60 ounces of water a day.  In 3 days, I shed about 5 pounds of water weight!  Then like a fool, I stopped...because that's life sometimes.  But thankfully I only gained back a few pounds, and when I realized how fast the weight came back, I made a commitment to drink a minimum of 45 ounces of water a day, but always working towards 90 ounces of water a day.  I won't lie, its almost like I'm prego again....I feel like our toilet paper budget has gone up....regardless, it works.  I've lightened up on eating only watermelon, cukes, and celery for every meal (seriously, it's not good for you for a long period of time), and now most of the time, these things are my snacks for the day and they can always be found in my fridge. 

The past month or so, for whatever reason, apparently my body has subconsciously decided that I need a break.  My workouts? Well, they're happening about 2 to 3 times a week now. and I'm drinking around 30 ounces of water a day....but, my weight is now fluxuating between 113 and 114!!!   So, in the past 6 months, I've been able to successfully shed 6 pounds of fat for muscle!  My goal weight has now lowered to 110 and I've been promised by S. that if I make it to my goal weight (and keep it off of course ) that he would buy me the sleeve that I've been desiring for so long.  It's good to have something to work towards.  It's also awesome when so many people have told me they see a change in me too, my mom commented that she has seen me "scrawny" a few times in my life and she's happy to see me losing weight in a healthy way now.

So, when I actually realized the other day that I've been slacking some, I'm back on the workout wagon.  More water, more workouts, better about my meals with my crazy schedules lately (regular meals help with metabolism!!) and I'm determined to lose those last few pounds before christmas!!

(Sorry I don't have a better "before" picture for you, but I don't take a lot of pictures of myself in my underwear....that I would post online.  This was about one week after my daughter was born in November 2011...I'd say mayyybeeee 125 pounds or so?)

(Taken today, Sept. 19, 2012 at 114.8 pounds)

(from the front)

So there you have it, my progess for the last 6 months.  If you're interested at all, this is my Pinterest board of workouts that I've done  and I look forward to putting another progress blog up in about 6 months!
PS. Let's get real here...you want to know the real reason I've been working out?  Here you go...

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