Wednesday was my 1 year employment anniversary at LeapFrog, which is reason enough to celebrate. I love my job. I get to write for the internet, record podcasts, and generally hang out with other creative, web-obsessed people like myself.
But I had another reason to celebrate this week. One year ago, when I started working at LeapFrog, I was hovering around 190 pounds. Yup, you read that right–5’6″ and 190. I started making some diet changes right after starting the job, which gradually resulted in a fifteen pound loss by January or February of this year. At that point, I hit a plateau, and quite frankly, I was feeling pretty good (read: complacent) about that much weight lost. So a few weeks ago, we took “team pictures” at work, and when I saw them, it was a shock. I still didn’t look like myself. That same week, Chris decided that we’d do family photos this fall in November for our family Christmas cards.
So I started getting a little more focused on my eating habits, but more importantly, I started walking EVERY. DAY. Rain, shine, or 100 degree heat. And Chris and I started tracking our weight weekly “competing” with each other.
Today I am proud to announce I’m down to 164, and as of this week, I’m not at my goal weight, but I officially feel like I look like “me” again. My final goal weight is around 150-155. I’m not shooting for supermodel skinny, here, just what author Mireille Guiliano calls “comfortable in your own skin” weight.
Speaking of which, in case you’re wondering, that’s essentially the “plan” I’ve been following–based on Guiliano’s book French Women Don’t Get Fat (which is oddly appropriate, given my last name.) I’ve got the book checked out of the library again, just to refresh on the general principles and maintain a good attitude.
As earlier reported by Jonna on the Full Life, the Hob Knobbers got together last night, and everyone was very kind in complimenting me on how I looked. I think it was partly the weight, but partly just feeling more like myself than I have in a long while. Which is probably another post.