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Thursday, December 1, 2016

I made it through Thanksgiving!!!

Well, we've made it through two holidays so far.  Halloween and Thanksgiving are under our belts!

I've also made it through a trip to New York City - where we walked anywhere from 8-10+ miles per day.  It was a fantastic trip!  Although the trip wasn't booked before I started Insanity, I viewed it as being my reward for getting myself back on track and sticking Insanity out until the end.  I'm still very very proud of that accomplishment.

So far, I have two special Christmas celebrations prior to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, two of which I'm hosting. Then factor in getting together with girlfriends for dinner around this time as well... Still many more challenges to face, but if I keep up what I've been doing I really shouldn't see any issues.

So you know I finished Insanity (I've mentioned that about a billion times now) and are possibly wondering what I've done since that ended on the 11th? Well, let me tell you...

Between finsihing Insanity (did I mention I finished Insanity??) and going to NYC, I had about 5 days between them.  I didn't want to start a new program but I also knew that I needed to continue working out.  So I took a day or two off (it's blurry to me) and then took out my Jillian Michael 30 Day Shred videos out and did level 2 for 3-4 days (still blurry).

When I got back from NYC I started my next work out video session the very next day.  21 Day Fix Extreme.  It's a 21 day in-a-row work out video set where there's a different work out each day.  They are not easy, but not as hard as Insanity (did I mention I finished Insanity???).  I'm 10 days in, almost half way.  I haven't missed any work outs in those 10 days (well I missed one, but made it up by working out twice one day later).  I've not seen as much weight loss with this program as I did with Insanity BUT I've also not tracked like I did while doing Insanity.  Mostly because I went to NYC for 5 days and then came back to Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping, decorating, etc.  So I haven't had the time to plan as well as I did previously.  I still made meals and tracked most of the week days but the weekends have been more lax.

So  Last time I wrote I had given Insanity results of 25 lbs.  At this present time (I weighed in today after two weeks of being away from WW meetings) and I'm down another 2.6.  So 27.6 since the second week in September.  My total weight loss (from when I last started WW) is 53 lbs (that update is for the man I'm in competition with -- yes Jen told me Bob -- LOL).  I had a rough 2 1/2 years before I kicked it back in gear as my total was once 96 lbs.

I can't beat myself up about the weight I've gained back because I never gave up, I continued to go to WW meetings most every week, I would lose and gain and lose and gain (mostly gain obviously)... but I never gave up.  Sure, I was really unhappy with myself for letting go a bit... but I'm back on that wagon.  I can't give up.  I feel too good when I lose weight - not just my appearance but my body aches less, I have more energy and I'm really truly proud of myself when I can keep myself under control.

So, the lesson to learn is: NEVER. EVER. GIVE. UP.

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

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