Wednesday, September 2, 2009

My Blogiversary: My First Year of Fitting Back In + Progress Pics

So friends… yesterday was a year of blogging. A year! September 1, 2008, I decided to start tracking and blogging. (here is my first post) I had just come back from the beach and was over being unhealthy and overweight my clothes being tight! (hence the name, Fitting Back In, was all about fitting back in… to some pricey jeans and dresses that are now too big. Sigh). Anywho, I weighed 136. I ate the same thing over and over. I didn’t track, I drank lots of beer and I was kind of against trying new things to be honest. But I've changed!! See below... and here's some pics, taken the day I started... and about 5 minutes ago with my iPhone!

Before... and after! Sorry - not exactly the same post (and def a different location as that's our old loft in the 'before' shot!)



Before and after - better shot I think!




Before and After - legs. I'm having a hard time seeing a big dif??




Me now (as of today!) at 118 (this morning)


Since starting the blog, I’ve:

  • Lost 27 pounds… and gained back 8….What? I never meant to get down to 109! I want to be at 115… or 113. I’m at 117… or 118. Yes, still more work to be done.
  • Began doing strength training. Love it – I’m enjoying making up workouts and getting stronger!

  • Made a bazillion recipes. Seriously. Hehe Honestly probably around 130?? Either way – loving it, and am working on making a recipe book! (for our purposes only; don’t be alarmed and think I’m even more of a crazy person).
  • Read. A lot! I found that I can walk and read and chew gum simultaneously and made this a goal because I LOVE to read but sometimes don’t so making a goal and sticking to it has actually been fun!
  • Cut down on the beer and welcomed vodka to my life… and SF Redbull. Loves it.

  • Posted 297 times. Wowza. (and yes, counting my eager beaver first month of 54 posts. Hehe)
  • Walked a lot of miles. A total of 917.5 miles… which (fun math) at 15-minute miles (4 mph) comes out to 229.37 hours or 9.55 days in the last 365 days that I spent on a treadmill… should I be excited or depressed? haha
  • Bought a house…. And decorated most of it… and started a home blog…and loved almost every minute of it.

  • Traveled a lot – local favorites like Auburn, the lake, my hometown and Birmingham, and far away places like Virginia, Vegas and Chicago. Great year!

  • Worked out a lot…. 218 days out of the year. Go me! hehe
  • Stayed happy. With or without the weight, I've had GREAT TIMES with Austin and our friends and family. I love Austin, Reuben, and our life. I'm super happy and am proud of Austin (who lost 35 pounds!)

Me and Austin.... Before (February 2008)

Me and Austin recently








Yay!!!! Thank you all so much for your support. It's SO much easier to stay on track when I know i'm sharing my experiences with awesome peeps like you guys- who motivate and inspire me to do better and be better. THANK YOU!!

I'll post August's assessment tomorrow along with what's been up these last few days. I'm going to catch up on blog reading tonight - woo!! Thanks again for being such awesome bloggie friends!

34 comments:

Ryan said...

tear... need some kleenex! You have done soooo good and it is just so exciting to see all of the progress! I have enjoyed your blog! Keep it up Kell

Jennifer said...

whoa totally amazing!!! how many people can say they worked most of the year all year round?!?! and kicked more than 20lbs to boot!! u look gorgeous and you glow!! you have done such a great job of losing the healthy way and not getting caught up in the numbers!! bc of you andure blof u have inspired me to keep track of my cals everyday and workout at LEAST 5 x week and of course weigh in daily!! its been about 21 days since i began doing this and i have lost 4-5 lbs.. and looking to shed 5-8 more!! thanks so much!! keep posting.. by the way i love eggsadillas and pizza muffins!

inmytummy said...

You look great and so does Austin!!

I wish I could embrace the vodka and SF red bull. Vodka always gives me a hangover. And red bull, for whatever reason, makes me sleepy!!

Meredith said...

You look great! My husband and I have both lost weight together which is always great. I love seeing how we have both changed, just like you and Austin! Congrats! You look great!

angieinatlanta said...

Happy blogiversary!

Wow, you look great! I can't believe how awesome you and Austin both look!

And not to be totally creepy, but you've got GREAT legs! Super toned! I'm jealous :-)

Miss. Pretty said...

Wow!! Congratulations on your Blogiversary! You and your husband look fantastic :) Love reading your blog and love drooling over what you make, ha!

Paige@ Running Around Normal said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!! :D Great job on your weightloss. You look smokin', girl! You and Austin are too cute.

Kelly Olexa said...

Love your story. LOVE IT!!
;-)

biz319 said...

You guys look great!!! Both of you should be so proud!

wholebodylove said...

Way to go! You look great, you have such an fantastic smile.

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

You guys have done an awesome job!!!

I so enjoy reading your blog, and I'm always amazed by all the new recipes you are making! 130 in a year is amazing!

Again, great job!

Erica said...

WOW! Ya'll have done an amazing job! You look fabulous- how inspiring

dailygoods said...

you have had SUCH an amazing journey!! ahh i just love you! so proud of you, you look happy and amazing!

Thinspired said...

Happy Blogaversary! You look fantastic. The best of us gain back a few ;)
It doesn't look like you ever carried much weight in your legs, which may be whe you don't see much of a difference. I am the same way.
Smokin'!

Mica said...

Happy blog-i-versary! You should be congratulated on all your hard work. You look fantastic!

april said...

Wow you look amazing!!! I'm so impressed!

MauiBaby said...

Thank you for such great motivation you look amazing and much happier since your "before" shot! I am now at your "first post" mark and stumbling accross your blog has really given me inspiration. Thank you for that :)

balanceisbest said...

yayayaya!!! SO PROUD! You are such an inspiration!

Sorry for being MIA - but I'm still reading! :)

CONGRATS - YOU LOOK AMAZING! :)

Kaneil

Anne said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!!

Your before and after pics are amazing! You are such an inspiration.

I am going to have to adopt some of your habits. Hope you don't mind. :)

SLJ said...

Congrats on a year (a little late) and keeping yourslef accountable! You look great~

redhead75 said...

Happy Blogiversary! You 2 were still cute even when you were chubbier ;)

Liz @ in the skinny said...

So great that you guys both lost weight after you got married instead of doing the opposite! Congrats!

eatlivelovedream said...

yay!!! Your simply amazing!!!! Keep it up!!! and happy 1 year to your lovely blog!:)

Julie said...

Congrqats on your anniversary! I know I def appreciate all you fun blogging and recipes!You both look great.

fittingbackin said...

Ryan: I'm assuming this is Kel on Ryan's account! :) Thanks, girl - you're so sweet!!

Jennifer: Thank you!! You are so sweet - your post made me smile! WOW - you're doing so great - keep it up, girl!! I'm so glad - I love both of those recipes so much!

Inmytummy: Thanks, girl!! haha that is CRAZY!

Meredith: I agree- i couldn't have done it without him for sure. Thanks!!

Angie: thanks so much!!! haha I think they need so much work so thanks! (mostly thighs to be honest - bleh!)

Miss Pretty: Thanks, girl! Your blog is adorable!! I hope you make some and love them!!

Paige: Thanks, girl!

Kelly: Thank you!!! you're so sweet - i'll never forget you featuring me on your blog. :)

Biz319: Thanks so much!!

wholebodylove: Thanks! Aw thank you. :)

andrea: thanks!! I love that about your blog too - we definitely share the food/recipe deal. :) Thank you so much!

Erica: Thanks, girl!! I'm so glad I found your blog - you've been so inspiring!

dailygoods: Thanks, sweet girl! You make me smile - one of the first blogs who inspired me. :)

thinspired: I hear you. :) I know you've found yourself in a similar boat - it kinda sucks, girl!! haha We'll get back though, right?! True - my "lower legs" were always pretty athletic - muscle underneath the chubbs!

Mica: Thanks. :) I feel SO much better. I know it may sound cheese ball but it's true!

April: Thanks, girl!!

Mauibaby: Oh i'm so glad! Thanks for stopping by the blog!! :) I'm going to visit yours tonight!!

Balanceisbest: You're such a doll! I know it - i've missed you! Hope all is well at the new job, and thanks as always for your support!

Anne: Thanks! of course I don't mind - I hope you do and that they work for you, girl! You're already doing SO great!

SLJ: Thanks, slj! I think that's what it's all about - the bigger picture/holding yourself accountable - love it!

redhead75:Thanks, girlie! hehe I love that word!

Liz: haha I never thought of it that way but yes- we are by far in better shape now then we were at our wedding - eek!

eatlivelovedream: Thank you, girl!

Julie: Thanks so much!

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eurydice said...

wow i can see HUGE differences in both you and austin ... amazing. you've done so well.

MauiBaby said...

Thank you for such great motivation you look amazing and much happier since your "before" shot! I am now at your "first post" mark and stumbling accross your blog has really given me inspiration. Thank you for that :)

april said...

Wow you look amazing!!! I'm so impressed!

Paige@ Running Around Normal said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!! :D Great job on your weightloss. You look smokin', girl! You and Austin are too cute.

biz319 said...

You guys look great!!! Both of you should be so proud!

Miss. Pretty said...

Wow!! Congratulations on your Blogiversary! You and your husband look fantastic :) Love reading your blog and love drooling over what you make, ha!

angieinatlanta said...

Happy blogiversary!

Wow, you look great! I can't believe how awesome you and Austin both look!

And not to be totally creepy, but you've got GREAT legs! Super toned! I'm jealous :-)

Meredith said...

You look great! My husband and I have both lost weight together which is always great. I love seeing how we have both changed, just like you and Austin! Congrats! You look great!