Back in the saddle

So, it’s been a long time. In the first six months of last year, I lost 52 pounds. I managed to keep it off for a while. Then in October, Kacy, Emma, and I went to visit Kacy’s family in South Carolina. There’s lots of good food out there, let me tell you. I had gotten really tired of feeling hungry all the time, so when I was confronted with that, I gave in and never really recovered.

Over the last year, I have gained back just about all the weight I lost. Today I weighed in at 244. (Last January, I weighed 260. I got down to 208.) After feeling like a failure for the last year (and experiencing the same over-abundance of food when we went to visit Kacy’s family last week), I finally decided it’s time to try it again. Please keep me in your prayers. I know that I don’t have the strength to do this on my own.

Struggling

It’s been a while since I posted here. Be assured that it’s not because I’ve given up on weight loss. It’s because I haven’t lost any weight since the last time I posted.

The good news is that I’ve kept working out and eating well enough that I have maintained my weight. I’m just having a really hard time sticking with the “diet.” In order to lose the weight I need to lose, I’ve got to cut back again.

I need your prayers. I’ve lost a lot of weight, but I’ve still got nearly 30 pounds to go. Please pray that God will overcome my hunger.

Another Milestone: 208

So, the last couple months have been hard. I should have broken 50 pounds back in May, but with moving and shuttle missions, my routine just seemed to go out the window.

I got into the groove through the beginning of May, and it was great – pretty much steadily losing 2 pounds a week. But – especially during the shuttle mission that took up the last two weeks of May – I found it impossible to go to the gym at my usual time, which translated to me not going to the gym with any regularity for two weeks. So, my weight hovered around 212 for most of the month. However, I’ve managed to get back on the horse, and – as of last Friday, 6/5 – I weigh 208 pounds. That’s a total of 52 pounds lost.

To add to the encouragement, I’ve found that most of my clothes are so big now I can’t wear them without looking completely ridiculous. Pretty much since starting college, I’ve been wearing XL shirts. For the last several years, I’ve been wearing 40-waist jeans (42 slacks). Around February or March, I bought a pair of 38 jeans, and earlier this month, I got into some 36s. I was INCREDIBLY excited! Not only that, but I actually put on a shirt size LARGE. In the picture above, I’m wearing a large shirt and 36-waist jeans.

I got pretty discouraged for a while, but God has blessed me with a renewed vigor and determination. Only 28 pounds left to go!