So I am feeling some amazing affects of this challenge already. While the scale is kinda staying where it was last week (between 194 and 196), I am not overly concerned yet. Here’s why:
Wednesday, I put on a pair of jeans and was a little bit disappointed when I didn’t need a belt for them. All the other jeans I’d been wearing recently were getting too big and they would slide off if I don’t keep pulling them up. What I realized later was that the jeans I was wearing were not size 14 or 16. They were size 12! WHOOP!! I’m officially down a full dress size. I’m wearing shorts and skirts and even dresses I couldn’t wear for over a year! Peep the pic at the bottom of this post! I'm wearing the same shirt I wore for my very first head shots in 2013 when I weighed 155. It is slightly tighter in the tummy but as you can see in the other pics, it's extremely comfortable everywhere else!
Additionally, there are a bunch of tees I couldn’t wear for a while and now… They are size large, which was beyond my reach for such a long time. I’ve been in extra larges and pushing 2x for a minute now. But putting on those size large tees and not having too much of a gut pushing out in the tummy area was beyond amazing. Its like I have a new wardrobe!
I have more energy. I walked up 3 flights of stairs to visit a friend early last week and I was not huffing and puffing as per usual. This felt amazing because not only were we chatting the entire time, I didn’t need to stop and breathe when we arrived at her apartment!
We went jet skiing on Father’s Day down at Ocean City. It was BEAUTIFUL and the water was cold (perfect for the 93+ degrees we were experiencing). The skis they had us on were pretty decent and faster than the ones we used to own years ago. I haven’t been on a jet ski since 1999 (I believe - but don’t quote me). I was a little concerned I wouldn’t be able to last the full hour without feeling like death when I got off. But nope. I was not only fine, but could have gone longer. And I wasn’t pussy footing around either. I was gunning it for all she was worth (between the wake of boats and other skis in our loop). Not only did I not fall off but when I hit a massive wave, it didn’t even phase me (well, except for the face full of salt water I swallowed). lol
The point is, I wouldn’t have been able to do that a month ago. I would have been falling off and dead by the end of the hour.
All in all, I am feeling some kinda amazing. These 5 day a week workout schedules are pushing my limits mentally, physically and emotionally. (I originally wanted to commit to doing three days of cardio and two days of strength/weight training. Instead, I've been doing cardio Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and adding strength/weights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Saturday are my rest days.) I am committed to doing this challenge because I really wanted to drop down some dress sizes and get into shape. It’s been two and a half full weeks and I can see that it’s working. (They say it takes two weeks for you to see a difference, four weeks for friends to see a difference and six weeks for the world to see a difference.) There’s still a long way to go but dropping down a complete dress size is nothing short of perfection.
Onto week 3! I’ll check back in on week 4 with new pics. 💋
My name is Carla Helené. I am a cheeky naturalista, serial entrepreneur, speaker, educator and self love advocate who encourages women to embrace their truth, love themselves and make margaritas out of life’s lemons. Is there a recipe for this? I’m not sure I but I know we can figure it out together.
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