Bonus points if that made you sing a Pussycat Dolls song when you read it.
If you have been following (or even just reading occasionally since I started this blog, you may remember it all started with 30 Day Updates.
Every 30 days (or so), I posted a photo of myself in my under-stuff so that I could track my weight loss journey.
The main reason I did this? Purely for accountability, and to give myself a reason to KEEP. ON. GOING.
Alas, shit happens.
Here I am, 5 1/2 years later and the amount of life changes I’ve faced in that time is kind of mind-boggling to me. On top of changing jobs approximately 5 times, moving 3 (or was it 4?) times, beginning a serious relationship, a really weird and blurry 18 month old period where I worked upwards of 90 hours per week without sleep….I don’t really have any concrete excuses for what happened.
All I know is life got crazy, life got hard, and here I am trying to get back to the lowest weight I ever hit: 198 pounds. Or at least somewhere close to it, kinda sorta. Really, I just want to feel as amazing as I did then. I want to be able to do everything my body could do then, again.
You may have seen my most recent post about Whole30 and how since I discovered and tried it last August, I’ve made a lot of changes for the better.
Although I feel those differences, I was really struggling to physically see any changes. So I thought to myself, “Why don’t you start back at the beginning?”
When I began my first round of Whole30 on August 13th, 2016 I had Sean take a photo of me to compare to throughout my process. I actually felt so great and was so happy that my scale moved 13 pounds….I forgot the photo.
So, I took a new photo today before leaving home for work, and begrudgingly pulled up the old one for comparison.
I wasn’t looking forward to making this collage…but I am glad I did. Not only was it important to me to see the difference, but I thought it might be helpful to those who are trying Whole30 or struggling through these types of situations to see that my story and experience are real.
And so, Sondra in her underwear photos have returned.
August 13, 2016 and January 12, 2017
And so, thats where I’m at. It’s not perfection, and it probably never will be. But I’m ok with that.
How do you track your progress? Does the visual make you feel more accomplished, or do you prefer to track by weight and measurements? I wanna know!
Until next time!