Woohoo! We made it 12 weeks! How did we all do? I've been reading the blogs and many have been doing fantastic!! I admire all of you who have stuck to your goals and lost a lot of weight! Some have fallen along the way and hopefully they will pick themselves up and get back on track. Then there are some who have stuck with the challenge but have just done so-so with their goals.
I would fall into this last group.
I don't have awesome results to show for this summer. Not. At. All. Despite the support and the goals, I've just kinda fallen into a funk. And really, really need to get out of it. I haven't been consistent at all. I've had weeks where I've been spot on at 1200 - 1400 calories, exercising well and doing good. Just to fall flat on my face the next week. And the falling on my face was hard.
I didn't admit all my failures on the blog, I didn't lie, I just was a little vague. (this is humbling people, really). I felt as a leader of a challenge, telling you that I was binging on crap wasn't going to help any of you, so I kept it to myself. Well, hiding didn't help. At all.
I pretty much maintained the first part of the summer, kinda yoyoing up and down but then August hit and I gained weight. Yup, I gained. And I feel it and my clothes feel it. Just a bit.
On a good note, exercise has been good. Really good. It actually ticks me off that I'm FINALLY getting into a good exercise routine and getting my muscles going and then I turn around and eat crap.
I have school starting next week and I will have a good routine here with the kids. Summer with 13 kids here has been chaotic and anything BUT routine. I will have less daycare kids and my 3 kids will be homeschooling so it's time for organization and routine to kick in. I'm hoping this makes a difference.
It HAS to make a difference.
What is the alternative? Me continuing to eat until I grow out of my clothes? Uh uh. That just can't happen. I feel like I blew the whole summer and I'm super depressed about it. But I can't change what I did, can I? The only thing I can do is move forward.
Luckily Mir is starting up a new little challenge in a couple of weeks. The Christmas Dress Countdown Challenge. Now, I don't celebrate Christmas, nor do I have any idea what size dress I would wear. I'm more of a skirt wearer myself. But, that's not the point of the challenge of course. There is a jacket that I want desperately to wear this winter that will require more weight loss.
Take a look at the challenge and decide if it is for you. If not, please, please, please, continue moving forward. Continue to stay healthy. Whether you are needing to lose a lot of weigh, maintaining or just trying to lose the last 5 pounds, we all need to stay healthy and fit.
So for the last time, link in your results and let me know that you have not quit! I thank all of you who have stuck with this!
Giveaway winners will be announced later and I will email you with what you have won.