Friday, August 17, 2012

30 Day Challenge: Week 2 Check-In

One of the most rewarding things about working out and trying to eat healthy is slipping on an old pair of jeans that haven't fit for a while. You stare at yourself in the mirror in total amazement...your skinny jeans FINALLY FIT!! It's such a rewarding feeling, especially when you've been working so hard for it.

After a summer of half-marathon training and two weeks of our 30 Day Challenge, I couldn't wait to slip on my dressy jeans for my faculty meeting last night. These bad boys haven't left the closet since May, and that's when Eric and I were first doing MyFitnessPal and I was down to my ultimate goal weight. I figured it was only going to get better from there with all the running I'd be doing.

In all honesty, I didn't step on the scale once this summer. I was running all the time and just figured I was doing well maintaining my weight. I fit into all of my summer dresses and I was even able to buy that beautiful red dress in a size I haven't been in since college. I truly thought I was doing great.

So tonight, the moment had finally come to slip on my dressy jeans. I had them all set out with my little cardigan and I was ready to go. But when I slipped on my jeans...I was in shock. I could barely get them over my butt and even though I was able to button was not pretty guys. NOT. PRETTY. I couldn't wear them.

Brokenhearted, I headed out the door with a big piece of carrot cake in my hand.

It just didn't make any sense. WHY were my pants not fitting? There is no way I could have GAINED weight training for a half marathon...right???

Well truth is...I did gain weight this summer. 6 pounds to be exact.

Now I know, I know...6 pounds is NOTHING!!! A few of you probably want to bitch slap me right now for even whining about a measly 6 pounds. And it's true...6 pounds is nothing in the grand scheme of things. But there is no denying the fact that my pants don't fit and that's a bummer for anyone, no matter their size.

This realization makes me want to sit down with a big tub of coconut gelato and eat away my misery. But I know that isn't going to help anything. I just need to suck it up, be glad I realized this tonight, and get back to work. I have consistently worked out for 13 DAYS!!! That is so huge and I really, really don't want to lose this momentum. But I have to start eating better and really kick things up a notch in the health department.

Also, I need to realize that big results don't happen overnight. They take time and I need to be patient.

I actually sorta hate this picture because 12 weeks seems like a really F-ing long time. Ha! But I know it's true.

So that's my story for this week you guys.

How I'm Feeling: Week 2

Well I was feeling pretty good until tonight. Ha! But tight jeans aside, I am proud of how hard I've worked this second week. For the first time, I actually feel like working out is becoming a habit. I find myself making more time for and it and getting more creative with my workouts. Also, I do feel myself getting stronger, especially on my runs. But I know for a FACT that I would not have been this successful in the challenge if I didn't have my Operation LGN peeps to keep me motivated :-)

Biggest Challenge:

My biggest challenge this week was healthy eating. I didn't eat well while we were camping and it's just spiraled from there.

Biggest Accomplishment:

I would say my biggest accomplishment is making it two whole weeks without slacking off once!! That is huge for me. I have always used the kids as an excuse to not squeeze in workouts but I made them all happen this week and I am very happy about that.

*** is everyone else feeling after week 2? I know a lot of people are back to school next week (including myself) and I know workouts are going to get more challenging. How does everyone stay motivated when schedules get hectic? I know I could certainly use the advice :-)


  1. Good for you for going a whole 2 weeks without slacking off! That is a huge accomplishment! I know how frustrated you must feel regarding your jeans, but I'm sure you will be back in them in no time!

    My hubby & I started the couch to 5k and are currently on week 2. So far I am loving it! I also bought a bike & have been riding it on our "off" days. The thing I am worried about is the time change in October! It will start getting dark at 5pm & I don't like exercising after dark b/c I'm always worried something might happen! How will I continue? Gym membership? Buy a treadmill? I'm not sure at this point, but I guess I'll figure it out when the time comes!

    Keep up the good work girl! Have a great weekend!

    1. I know I already said this via e-mail Tonya, but GREAT JOB with the Couch to 5K! Best program every :-)

  2. You do know that muscle weighs more than fat right? I mean that's what I hear (it is actually not true but close). I am going to take a guess with all your running and exercising that you body is just taking a different shape. Don't be down on yourself about your jeans. I use to be the same but then someone told me that sometimes you have buy your clothes to fit you, not you fit your clothes. Didn't seem to make sense then but now I get it after spending many of times being depressed than my favorite jeans didn't fit me the same any longer. Our bodies change, it's just that simple. You are absolutely beautiful and I envy you for your dedication to staying in shape. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks so much for this, Jess. You are SO right about buying clothes to fit. In fact, I resolved a long time ago that I will never have my old body back. I just need to embrace this new mommy body and be proud of it. But I really would like my dressy jeans to fit comfortably again...they were my favorite. Ha! But thank you for your sweet comments, as always :-)

  3. No reason to feel down!

    Jen, you work harder than anyone I know. Please, all that amazing running you do, those 6 little itty-bitty pounds will melt off in no time. I know that you're disappointed, but don't you ever forget how amazing you are!

    Jessica is right you are absolutely beautiful and have such great dedication! You are a strong woman who lives her life making everyone elses life better. You give everything your all, don't ever feel less than how amazing you are!

    AND amazing job on those 13 days. I know they were tough, but as ALWAYS you did it!

    To a wife, mother, blogger, friend, and altogether amazing person: Keep that beautiful smile on your face!

    1. Cassandra, I know I already said this, but you are such a sweetheart. Thank you for always leaving such thoughtful comments, especially when I'm feeling a bit down. You always know how to make me smile. Thank you for being such an amazing friend!

  4. I love coconut gelato

    1. This, my dear, is why we are best friends :-)


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