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Thursday, April 1, 2010

On fat, fitness and food

I was deleting pictures from my phone last night and I came across this picture:

Fat Dress

Do you remember it? It's the fat dress.

Then I had Annie take a picture of me today:

April1me

I have to say that while I have a lot more work ahead of me (about 50 pounds worth), I'm pretty pleased with my progress so far.

Exercise is not only something I enjoy, but it's something that I'm finding sneaking it's way into my life even when I don't have my workout clothes on. At lunch on Tuesday, I went for a walk to enjoy the sunshine and ended up walking two miles!

And tomorrow, I'm going for a 2 mile run (ok, probably a 1/2 mile run and a 1-1/2 mile walk) with Jared the Subway guy. Well, me, Liz and a whole bunch of other people who will turn out for the Subway Fun Run. (Do you think I'll look nerdy if I run with a fanny pack? Where else am I going to stash my camera so I can grab a photo op with him?)

Liz and I are participating on behalf of the Fit City Moms Blog. We may even get a chance to ask Jared a few questions. I've got some rolling in my head, but will be happy to take any of yours with me, too.

Despite my weight loss and my new-found appreciation for exercise, don't think for a minute that I don't still struggle with food. I find it almost impossible to pass up sweets. My boss had the nerve, I mean was nice enough, to bring M&Ms to the office the other day. They were sitting there, open in a basket, all beckoning and beautiful in their Eastery colors. Of course the best way to deal with them, I decided, was to just get rid of them...by eating them fast! I didn't eat the whole basket (I didn't want to seem piggish), but I ate more than enough. Today, the M&Ms were gone, replaced by chocolate bunnies, Hershey's Special Dark bars and cookies! Ack!

If you need more proof that food still holds a certain allure for me, check out my last three posts on The Indiana Insider travel blog -- they're all about food! Onion rings, cupcakes and ice cream!

I think it's a battle I'll be waging until the day I die. I suppose as long as I lean heavily on the fitness and be smart about the food, then the fat will stay in check.

20 comments:

Shannon said...

Amy...wow you are doing so wonderful..I too am on a weight loss journey..congratulations on your success so far...good luck sweetie!

kimybeee said...

Amy - You look great!! I hope you threw that fat dress away. Just remember that sometimes you will run on this journey, and sometimes you will walk, but the important thing is that you are on the journey to begin with!! Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing Jared pics. Maybe Michael Phelps will even show up...

Eternal Lizdom said...

WHOOOOHOOOOOO!!!! Way to go!!! You have done SO AWESOME and I am SO PROUD of you! I can't wait to see you tomorrow and run (and walk) with you!

Joanie M said...

Amazing Amy!! Keep up the good, no great work!

Sharon said...

YOU look GREAT!!!!! I am so proud of you & so happy for you. Congrats, Amy.

I've really enjoyed shopping lately. It's been so long since I was this size, shopping is actually FUN again. No matter how much i enjoy this size & exercise, though, I still struggle w/ food, too. Every day, it seems.

I've not been doing so well this week (darn pms). Your post is sure motivating!

Nancy said...

Amy, You and Liz have really inspired me. I have been reading your blog for a while and I wanted to do the Go Red with you, but I wasn't there. Today I decided that I have to do something because I have to be around to see my daughter grow. Congrats on your journey so far! You look great!

Beth said...

You look AMAZING! Keep up the GREAT work!

Jason, Angie, Ava and Nathan said...

I'm so proud of you!!! Great job - you look awesome and I know you FEEL awesome too!

Momza said...

Hey I'm on the South Beach diet and I love it! Lost 5 lbs already!

hang in there! you're looking great.

Michelle said...

Amy you look fantastic!! So proud of you! Have fun at the Subway run and hope you meet Jared!

C. Beth said...

WOW, you look great! Awesome job you're doing! Sounds like your philosophy is spot on.

(I hopped on over from Liz' blog.) :)

Amy said...

Thanks everyone!

@Shannon - best of luck to you. I'll check out your blog to root you on.

@C.Beth - Welcome! Feel free to come back. I love Liz!

Deby said...

Congratulations on your new healthy lifestyle...it certainly becomes you, you look great!

Easter M & M's are my favorite, somehow they taste better than the rest. Maybe it's the pastel colors, I don't know. So it was a real sacrifice when I gave them up for lent; I gave up root beer, too. Having made this decision back in February, I also decided to start eating better. My reward is a 15 lb loss in the 6 or so weeks since February 17th!!

I'm going to continue this journey, it's no longer a sacrifice. I feel so much better! I guess that saying is true, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels", or something like that!

Much luck on your continued success!!!

The Courteous Chihuahua said...

Hello, I just buzzed over from Liz' blog. Can I just say, "WOW!?? You look great and are an inspiration!

Annie said...

You look awesome!!! Good for you! :o)

Jenny McB said...

You look great! I think it so helpful that you are tying the weight loss in with health and exercise which is a great motivator. I love stopping by your blog since it's an inspiration for me to keep with the Loseit program that I am doing.

Lori said...

You look great, Amy!! With all the weight you are losing you are also losing years - you look so much younger, and much more healthy! Wait, that sounds wrong. You are surely GAINING years health-wise, but losing years in that you are looking so much younger!
Thanks for the blog - you are such an inspiration!

Diva Mom Vicki said...

You look fantastic! Way to go!

Cat said...

You look great, awesome job!!!

Mrs4444 said...

This is really great. Way to go! :)