Kudos to my friend Ellene (middle) for taking the hike on Sunday with me and Marquita.  Way to go and I’m very proud of you.

Wow is all I can say!  I have now lost 40 pounds since I started getting my weight and body in check and I can finally notice it.

I can no longer fit my 22s, 20s, and some of my 18s.  The past few outfits I bought were a size 16.  A size 16!!!!!  In fact, I went to my favorite two stores, Lane Bryant and Ashley Stewart only to find out that for my tops I can now finally dip into Lerner New York’s because I can fit their x-large now.  For me, that’s an amazing personal accomplishment.

And it’s not just the weight thing, it’s a funny thing how when you lose weight your self-confidence gets a bit of a boost.  While I’m not where I want to be yet, I definitely feel a lot better about myself and more sure of my self in terms of my physical appearance.

Everywhere I go, people who know me, after they say hello, comment on my weight loss, that’s another reason why I know it’s finally beginning to show.  A lot of people have said that my face has changed a lot and that’s a good thing because I was beginning to develop a double chin if you know what I mean.

One of the things I have enjoyed the most about this journey is being able to bring along my friends, it’s  a lot easier when you are doing it as a group.

As of now, there’s a group of us that are taking this journey and we’re all looking out for each other.  I took my friend Ellene with me on my weekly hike and while it was hard for her, she did it and she is looking forward to next Sunday’s hike.  I love it!  Sistapower.

I didn’t do too well on going to the gym this week.  I let other things distract me from getting into the gym.  I think I only made it there twice this past week.  And, I did eat pizza last week at work.  I can admit it, I got a little weak and when I walked into the office and found out we had ordered pizza, and I was already starving, I decided to just eat with my colleagues. I used my slip up with the pizza as my off day.  I give myself one off day a week where I can eat what I’d like to.  Usually I try to save it for weekend.

In terms of water, I am drinking more of it than before.  It’s not an easy thing, but I keep water in my car and in my office in reaching distance so that I can grab it the minute that I feel thirsty.

Now that I am under 200 pounds, I have a renewed since of commitment that I can get to my goal of 170 pounds by July.  I actually feel like it’s possible.  I have decided that at 170 I am going to keep going another 20 pounds and try to get down to 150 pounds.  But for now, my first big goal is reaching that 170 pound mark.

I also decided that I am going to get a tattoo on my lower back as well.  It’s something that I always wanted to do but never did because of my weight.  But today, I feel different about it.  If I can keep up my weight loss by the time the summer gets here in June, I plan to wear tops that will show off my back and so I am going to adorn my body with a tribal tattoo that will be able to be seen with my cute tops.

I’ve also decided that I am going to play softball this season.  I love softball and it’s another form of exercise and a way to keep me busy. 

So far this has been a hard but amazing and worthwhile journey, and while I freely admit that my reasons in the beginning for doing it weren’t the most politically correct (I got dumped by someone who among other things criticized my weight), I am happy that I took the big step.  I feel better inside and out and that’s making all the difference in my life.

One last thing, my boss said he’s changing my name from “newspaper lady” to “skinny.”  When my boss told me that yesterday, I was so happy and proud because with all of the things he’s involved with, to notice my weight loss, well let’s just say that meant a lot to me.

Have a great week!

P.S. Keep reading to check out some photos I’ve taken recently…