Saturday, November 23, 2013

6 Months in Review - October Accountability Post

I cannot believe that it's been 6 months since I started my fitness journey back on April 1st of this year! Time sure does fly when you're having fun and working your ass to reach them goals! In this accountability post, I'll be comparing the results from October to when I first started measuring (May 2013) and first started taking progress pics (June 2013). Unfortunately, I started a little late on the measuring and picture taking so the results won't be a full six months. 

So let's talk about October. That was one tough month for me. I was going through a funk and ended up taking a total of 12 days off from the gym. I've been stressed out about numerous things and the stress got the better of me. Fortunately, I was able to maintain my weight and not succumb into stress eating like I used to do. So while it was a stressful month and I didn't workout as much as I would have liked, I did manage to maintain which can be challenging especially with the stress I've been under.

While it was a stressful month, there were also some highlights to mention. First off, went to Vegas with Panda and had a blast! We learned how to play Craps and Black Jack and we ended up breaking even after it was all said and done. I also got to see my grandpa who I haven’t seen since I was a little girl. While the visit wasn’t long, it was awesome to catch up and meet my step-grandmother and uncle. Finally, I got Panda to dress up for a Halloween party! He hates Halloween (much to my dismay) so this was a big deal for him and for me since I LOVE Halloween.

As you know, October was a difficult month for me so it should be no surprise that I was dreading my progress pictures. The lack of working out and just maintaining made me fear the worst. Looking back now, this is funny. Panda took the pictures and I literally was in shock. There was no way that was ME in those pictures! I looked lean! Thank goodness for progress pics. They really show whether or not you’re putting the time and effort in and don’t lie. The proof is in the pictures. I decided to share a few pictures – progress from June (when I first started taking them) to October as well as a comparison from September to October.

 Here’s the kicker – the difference in weight from June to October is a mere 5.4 pounds!! *Mind blown* I showed the side by side pictures to Panda and he guessed that I was 180 in the June picture. When I told him I was 159.4 pounds he was floored! I would like to take this moment to say this – the scale means absolutely nothing and is a HORRIBLE way to track success. I just proved that. The best way, in my opinion, to gauge your success is by measuring your body, analyzing your body fat % and taking progress pictures. I’ve always had a muscular build so I’ve never been light on the scale so to speak so measuring has always been my go-to for tracking success. So quit letting the scale define your mood and your self worth! Instead, take a look at your progress and see how far you’ve come instead of how far you still have to go. Take the following pictures for example. I felt like I hadn’t accomplished anything in October. Putting the pictures side by side showed me that, yes, I did accomplish something last month!

  Finally, I would like to show you my measurements from when I first started taking them back in May in comparison to October’s. Big difference there as well as I saw losses in every area measured.
 Weight wise, I’ve lost more than 10 pounds. If you recall, I weighed myself around St. Patrick’s day and came in at 174. I’ve been tracking my losses against that number, so the total amount of weight that I’ve lost has been 21.6 pounds since March. So it’s taken me about 7 months to lose that amount and there’s still more to go, not that weight is a factor for me anymore. It still is important to track because 21.6 pounds is not a small feat. According to I lost What that’s the same as 16 basketballs! That’s pretty heavy!