Saturday, August 21, 2010

20kg Down :)

Hit a milestone this morning in my weightloss journey - 20kg lost since I started this gymming and dieting business. It has been a lot of hard work but I am feeling really proud of myself today.

I had carpal tunnel release surgery on the 23rd of July and since then have been unable to go to the gym. Not only do I not have any strength in my wrist, but any sort of exercise of course makes my blood pump a lot faster, which in turn makes my wrist throb with pain after about hmm 3 minutes?! The osteopath I see and the occupational therapist who has been helping me get back in to working safely have both told me to not go to the gym yet. I should be able to ease back into aerobic activity soon but weights have been ruled out for a long time. The only muscle exercise I am allowed to do at the moment is squeezing a stress ball. :|

I have been going through some old photos this morning and I am shocked at my size in some of them, I really don't know how I let myself get so big and am embarrassed that I didn't do something about it sooner.

I'm currently trying to work up the guts to post a photo... eek!

Deep breath... here goes:

This photo was taken last year, before I started actually using my gym membership (I know, I thought you signed up and lost weight/got fitter automatically). I was unhappy, hated the way I looked in everything I wore, hated having to buy bigger clothes, hated bawling my eyes out in fitting rooms, or even worse getting STUCK in clothes in fitting rooms, and eventually realised I could do something about it.

So I did. I started going to the gym and realised I loved it. I loved the classes, the instructors, the music, the feeling afterwards of I'm-going-to-die-but-that-was-awesome! All of it. Then I started looking at what I was eating, cutting out the junk food and thinking before I put food in my mouth.

And here I am, 20kg later:

This was taken this morning before I went out shopping with my sister (AND BOUGHT NEW JEANS THAT FIT!) (oops caps unintentional but I'm leaving them as I feel like shouting it out!!). I obviously still have a long way to go. I'd like to lose another 15-20kg but will re-assess that as I lose the weight.

Feeling very scared to click "publish post" and put this out there, but I'll just have to be brave and do it!


Lilli said...

You are such an inspiration!

CamillaS said...

Well done gorgeous, you have done so well. You should be proud of yourself xxx

Teneal said...

Wow. You are amazing. You look fantastic, and sound so happy. Congratulations on a massive effort!

As someone who has around the 20kg mark to lose, it is a daunting thing. But hearing about your success, and what you have been doing, is a massive inspiration.

Hopefully I can follow in your footsteps :)

Gemma said...

Awesome work! You look fantastic!

sofrenchysochic said...

Thank you girls, you are all so sweet. :)

April said...

You look amazing! Well done on losing 20kg, that is no mean feat.

How are you finding the clothes shopping now? I used to cry in change rooms as nothing would fit, now I cry with happiness that I can shop in so many shops that I could never have entered in the past.

Keep up the good work.

Odille said...

You look wonderful, and good for you for posting the photos. You will probably find you end up a bit heavier than you thought you would as the gym builds up your muscles and reshapes you.