Friday, June 20, 2014

The last 25

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Wow. I'm getting so close. SO SO SO close. I've hit the point in my weight loss where I am starting to look a lot different. Sometimes I look in the mirror and do a double take because I just don't see who I normally expect to look back at me. It's wild. Every day, I feel like I'm reintroducing myself to myself. My name is Brittany and I've lost 55lbs over the last 2 years. I'm ecstatic. 
7/12-6/14 It has been a journey. I didn't really start making an effort until 9/12, but I'm so glad I did it. 
I think it is also helpful to see how real clothes evolve as well. So much fun. (3/13-6/14)
So where am I going from here? I've got 25lbs  to lose and then we will see what I decide to do next. Those 25 will put me in a healthy weight range (hooray!). I've got an exciting physical challenge coming up (150 mile bike ride FTW!) and I'm also planning on running a half marathon. The possibilities are endless, but those are the two things I've put on the top of my list. 

I'm so glad I decided to begin this journey. The last 20lbs have been really hard and I was definitely stuck on a plateau. I was starting to feel like I might never hit my goal. I had been eating paleo for about a year and a half, exercising 5-6 days a week for 6 months, but I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere.  In an effort to change up my diet, I started adding in juicing and protein shakes, but was still having a lot of trouble with hunger and eating well. I was working out too much and just feeling bummed. In April, I made a choice to push forward. 

I decided to do something I did not want to and was frankly bummed about, but I was committed to my journey and myself. At the end of the day, I decided that my goals were more important than me trying to fit my weight loss into a single way. I love paleo and I love eating clean, but I wasn't getting the results I wanted because I was having a hard time sticking to it. Snacks and sweets infiltrated my diet and I was nearing hopelessness. So in April, I started to do a programmed meal diet with Take Shape for Life. Believe me, I was freaked out, but I worked with a TSFL coach and she helped me through some of my hesitations. She has been great. I decided to try it out for 2 months. It worked. It helped me really restrict calories in an effective manner and helped me get where I wanted to be. While I won't do TSFL longterm, I want to have it get me to my milestone so that I can confidently go back to clean eating. It is the way that I am happiest, and I know that. I have a much clearer view on places where I get into trouble and TSFL has helped me see that. 

Over the past year, I've learned to eat a lot better, to workout with enthusiasm and to have confidence in myself. The only regret I have is that I didn't start sooner and that I didn't adjust as quickly as I probably should have. I can live with that and I am so happy I've evolved to have that perspective. It is everything. Stay tuned, I'm not finished yet. ;) 

I'm riding in the Waves to Wine MS bike ride in September. If you want to support me on my ride and help out an awesome organization, you can donate here

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Milestones, goals and using my fitness journey for good!

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I've always loved cycling. It's one of my favorite things to do when I travel and it's my preferred way to get around on a nice afternoon. When I did my first long distance ride in college, I remember one of the first things I read was that the best way to have a better time cycling was to lose weight. The reasoning was that you didn't want to have to carry all that extra weight up hills. It made total sense. I've been thinking about that recently as I've been losing weight. Everything has gotten so much easier. I'm happier, healthier and so much more confident with myself. I'm also ready (and excited about) doing more physical challenges. To kick this off, I'm going to be riding 150 miles in the Waves to Wine Bike MS ride at the end of September. 

When I was in college in France,  I used to cycle every day to school. It was so much fun. My roommates and I would get up, pull out our bikes, and start pedaling. We had a big hill to overcome each day, but we did it any way. When I lived in Paris, I biked to work every day on a Velib (bike share) and got to ride past the moulin rouge. It was one of those awesome surreal moments in life.  I once rode from France to Italy with a group of my college mates. After getting my aha moment blood panel back in 2012, I went to Vietnam and rode bikes there. It's where my decision to start my fitness journey began as the whole time I was worried about where I had let my health get to. Flash forward two years and I've changed my life. I'm ready to do more!
(L) Vietnam, July 2012 (R) Salt Lake City, April 2014
(Difference of 45 lbs and 2 years)

My good friend Dasha wanted to do this ride last year. I didn't have a bike so I wasn't ready to do it. To be honest, I also wasn't in good enough shape to ride that long and probably wasn't even disciplined enough to do the training I needed to do. I had just started getting serious about my fitness journey and had started tackling crossfit and exercise in general. This year is different because I am different. 

I have my trusty hot pink Fuji to ride and I'm 20lbs lighter than I was a year ago. So many good things have happened over the last year and to celebrate all those good things, I want to pay it forward. I'm riding the Waves to Wine ride on September 20-21 (2-3 days before my 28th birthday) for Bike MS. This is a great organization and a huge milestone for me. I'm hoping to be at my goal weight at this time and think that checking off the 100 mile bike ride will be icing on the cake. The cherry is that this is for an amazing cause. 

If you want to support me, please take a moment to donate. If you don't have the cash, that's cool too! Please leave a supportive comment below. I'm just excited to be doing this! 
This amazing gif is a collection of pictures of me on bikes over the last 8 years