Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Jiggle Challenge -- Week 3

Weight Loss Challenge

This past week I ran a half-marathon -- woo! woo!!  I tried to eat well, but I also had a lot of meals where I enjoyed what I wanted.  Obviously I crazy carbo-loaded on Friday night at Olive Garden in preparation of my race Saturday morning.  This challenge has really made me think about my weight in a good way.  Ever since I graduated high school I've been concerned about my weight -- even when I didn't need to be.  I can remember being a sophomore in college and chugging slimfast because I had gained 5 pounds.  Totally ridiculous! I now realize how nuts that was, and I don't want to go back there again.  And in some ways I think that I've been creeping back to this place.  The place where I obsess over my image when I shouldn't.  

Here's where I find myself torn -- I want to enjoy life.  I want to be healthy, but I also want to eat pizza and drink beer occasionally (both of which I did last night).  I know that if I cut out cupcakes and other "bad foods" I could probably drop more weight, but at what cost?

I am really proud of how healthy I am right now.  I may not be stick thin, but I know that I'm healthy because of my running.  And I'm starting to realize that health is WAY more important to me than being a size 0 (or 2 for that matter).  I think the idea is usually that health and thinness go together, but I don't believe in any way that the two equal each other.  

I still lost a little weight this past week, and I'm excited about that.  But at the same time I think I'm ready to let go of my need to loose more weight.  I am definitely at a healthy weight for my height, and more importantly -- I feel good.  My clothes feel good, and I am doing a lot of running.  I am going to continue to run and eat well, but I'm also going to enjoy foods at the same time.  When I first started my "weight loss journey" a year and a half ago I did need to loose weight.  I was pushing 150, and I was not living an active lifestyle.  A lot has changed since then, and I'm proud of it.  I think I've reached the maintenance phase now, and that's what I plan on working on.  I'll still check back each week to finish off the challenge, but my goals have definitely changed. 

Starting weight: 134.2
Current weight: 133.4
Pounds lost: 0.8
Pounds left to loose: 8.4


  1. I had that same battle when I was in college. I finally figured out that I am happiest when I eat healthy most of time, enjoy what I eat, and exercise. My body is the size that it is and I'm cool with that. I think you look great Niki!

  2. this was wonderful :) congrats on everything girlie!

  3. I think you look great! As long as you are happy with everything, then I think it's a good thing.

  4. Yes, Yes I completely agree with you. We are so on the same track except you are actually getting out there and running :) Ha! I want to indulge every now and then and not worry about how many calories I eat. My main problem is motiviation! It has got to be down in me somewhere! Gerat Post and great week for you :)

  5. Congrats on your half marathon thats awesome!!!

  6. Good job, girl! Congrats on the half! I think you look great :)

  7. I think you look great! I think it is so important to not deny yourself the foods you really want to eat, just practice moderation. Way to go on the half!