Monday, July 1, 2013

Six Month Review (Monday Motivation)

If you just want to see pictures, feel free to scroll down...... :)

On January 1st of this year, I began a journey to change my life---and to ensure a long, healthy life with my children.  After meeting with my doctor and nutritionist at the end of last year, I officially started my new life on January 1st.  I did not pick that date because of resolutions.  I picked that date because I knew it would be setting myself up for failure if I started the week of Christmas. But I didn't want to give my self too long.  So I, like thousands of Americans, began to change my life on January 1st.  However, unlike many Americans, I did not quit.  A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail. (Source)

I started recording everything I eat on MyFitnessPal. I didn't make any foods "off limits", I just adjusted the way I thought about foods, and I limited my intake of certain foods.  My family and I still have pizza about once a week, I still have chocolate now and then, and I only recently gave up regular Pepsi.

I started walking (50 miles in January!) and then I started running.  I completed the C25K (couch to 5K program) in April, and I will run my first 5K on Saturday.  I also started doing Zumba 2-3 times a week, and strength training 1-2 times a week. (My goal for the next couple of months is to increase my strength training and begin to incorporate more weights.)

I have taken 1,767, 801 steps since January 1st. That averages out to 9821 steps a day.  The most steps I've taken in one day is just over 25,000! I have intentionally (as in walking or running for exercise) gone 253.25 miles.  My total steps (including additional trips to the bathroom for the all the water I'm drinking!!) equals 1324.9 miles.

Today, I stepped on the scale to see how my first 6 months went.  I was down exactly 50 pounds!

I have lost almost 22 inches!
  • 6.5 inches from my hips
  • 6.75 inches from my waist
  • 8.5 inches from my chest
My husband normally takes my "during" pictures on the first Saturday of every month, but since I'll be posting race pictures, I'll probably post the "official" weigh in pictures on Friday.  But today I was too excited to wait.  So please pardon the "selfies".

My face minus 50 pounds!
Side view

Front view (look how much roon is in this shirt!! I still have plenty of boobs, but wow!!)

I am officialy 1/3 of the way to my goal. 

I'm linking up with Monday Motivation


  1. Julie, you rock! Congratulations on the weight-loss and all the extra activity you are doing this year. I can see the difference, and it rocks. Good-luck with the race.

  2. Way to go!!!! You should be so, so proud of yourself!

  3. Best post of the day! You are rocking this thing and doing it in style! I'm so happy for you, Julie!

  4. Julie, you are a super star! Best 2013 I've seen so far! Congratulations, and continued success wishes!

  5. Wow! Simply amazing and inspiring. :) Keep up the great work!

  6. You look amazing!!! 50 lbs is such an amazing accomplishment. Thanks for linking up with us!

  7. This is incredible!!! Those pictures are amazing and I'm so glad you took those pictures so you can see how far you've come!! 50 lbs is an awesome milestone!!!! Congrats lady!!

  8. Woohoo Julie!!! Congratulations on sticking with your plan for the past six months and for hitting 50 pounds lost - you look so good and sound super motivated! Nice going!!!

  9. Wow!! What a difference and only in six months!! What an inspiration you are to so many :).

  10. Julie you are AMAZING! Keep up the hard work, sister!

  11. You are doing an amazing job! I am beyond thrilled for you.

    Please keep linking up with us at Motivation Monday so we can all cheer you on!


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