Gunz progress. A little reminder that not all weight gain is fat…

(and obv the “grrrr” face is unnecessary when there’s actually something to flex) :P

A little mid-week cutting progress. We’re getting there.

Blurry.

Blurry.

Found an old photo from just after I finished undergrad back in 2007.  I didn’t start focusing on getting healthy until 2010, but I hadn’t realized things were getting out of control so far back. 
At age 28½, I can feel 30 looming, but seeing how much happier, healthier and just better I am now than I was in my early 20’s, it’s clear that age really isn’t the determining factor people make it out to be.  All it takes is commitment to look, feel and perform your best :)

Found an old photo from just after I finished undergrad back in 2007.  I didn’t start focusing on getting healthy until 2010, but I hadn’t realized things were getting out of control so far back. 

At age 28½, I can feel 30 looming, but seeing how much happier, healthier and just better I am now than I was in my early 20’s, it’s clear that age really isn’t the determining factor people make it out to be.  All it takes is commitment to look, feel and perform your best :)

Cousin’s wedding today!
I love this dress.  I loved it when I bought it two years ago, and I love it even more now that it’s been tailored in 4” :)

Cousin’s wedding today!

I love this dress.  I loved it when I bought it two years ago, and I love it even more now that it’s been tailored in 4” :)

I’ve been gradually taking some of my old dresses into the tailor so I can start wearing them again.  Took another batch in this morning - 3-4” off of each :)
I may not have achieved as much as I’d like, but I have to remember that there’s definitely been progress!

I’ve been gradually taking some of my old dresses into the tailor so I can start wearing them again.  Took another batch in this morning - 3-4” off of each :)

I may not have achieved as much as I’d like, but I have to remember that there’s definitely been progress!

Been searching high and low for a new summer dress (nothing fits anymore… it’s bittersweet…) and I think I’ve finally found the one!  Can’t wait to take this baby out on the town :)

Been searching high and low for a new summer dress (nothing fits anymore… it’s bittersweet…) and I think I’ve finally found the one!  Can’t wait to take this baby out on the town :)

Remember that Flirty Girl Fitness infomercial I did?  I got the photos from the photoshoot in the mail this week.  I was worried because of how completely unrecognizable they made me, but it actually turned out ok.  However, this is one of the only pics (out of 204!) where I’m not obviously participating ironically, lol.  The whole thing is so cheesy.  So this is likely the only pic I’m posting here, just because at least I’m genuinely laughing, even if it is at how silly the whole thing is :P

Remember that Flirty Girl Fitness infomercial I did?  I got the photos from the photoshoot in the mail this week.  I was worried because of how completely unrecognizable they made me, but it actually turned out ok.  However, this is one of the only pics (out of 204!) where I’m not obviously participating ironically, lol.  The whole thing is so cheesy.  So this is likely the only pic I’m posting here, just because at least I’m genuinely laughing, even if it is at how silly the whole thing is :P

Keeping It Off (1,000th Post Edition)

This is my 1,000th post since September 5, 2010.

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while, but never really got around to it.  There’ve been huge emotional swings that past 20 months since first getting serious about my health, and I’ve gone through phases from P90X to running to fat loss to muscle gain and everything in between, with significant injuries along the way.  But one thing that occurred to me a few months ago is that through all the hard work, the ups and downs, the triumphs and failures; my actual weight has fluctuated very little. 

I’ve slipped up, I’ve cheated, and I’ve given in to negative self-talk, but I’ve also worked extremely hard and always gotten back on the wagon.  On February 1, 2011, I reached my goal of 125 lbs, and since then, have fallen between a record low of 121.2 lbs on March 19, 2012 and a high of 126.3 lbs on May 14, 2011A spread of just 5 lbs. The goal now is weight gain (ideally muscle…) but whenever I get discouraged, it’s important to note that lots of people yo-yo back to their starting weight (in my case, 150 lbs) or even higher multiple times before finding their groove.  And to be sure, I did that from my teens to mid-twenties.  But after basically “keeping it off” for 14 months, I feel like I can finally say I’ve got this shit figured out.

Phone pic from the change room yesterday.  Starting to see a li’l quad action! :)

Phone pic from the change room yesterday.  Starting to see a li’l quad action! :)