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{Week 2} Weight Loss Journey | When life gets in the way.....

I'm a wife.

I'm a mom.

I own my own business, even though it's very part time.

I also work very part time for a regional magazine -- all from home, so that I can be with my little guy.

I make breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I'm a homemaker. I wipe runny noses and dirty butts. And I tend to my husband with the remaining tenderness I have left (or can somehow muster up) at the end of each day.

I'm beat by 5pm, and I haven't even stepped foot out of my house.

I'm busy, to say the least. And this week, it caught up with me.

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At my weigh in this past Sunday, I was extremely happy with my results!!!! So I'm not going to let a few bad days this week ruin this for me!!

You may remember me saying last week, that I rarely see weight loss on the scale before I "feel" weight loss in my jeans and clothes. Often times, even my closest of friends will look at me and say, "there's no way you weigh that much". But I do.

So before I began changing my lifestyle and eating habits, I measured myself in inches as well.

And I am SO glad that I did!

In fact, the first week, I gained five pounds in 6 days. I was devastated! But in just 24hrs, I dropped 3 pounds (the morning that I weighed myself). And even if I had not of, the measurements would have been enough motivation for me.

I lost:
1/2" from my chest
0" from my right arm (I guess because I'm just super strong HA!)
1/2" from my left arm
3/4" from my waist
1+3/4" from my hips (which husband is not happy about -- at ALL)
1/2" from my right thigh
1+1/4" from my left thigh (clearly, my right side just doesn't want to lose weight!)

And 3lbs in one week.

My goal was to lose 3lbs in the first week, and I did! I would like to lose another 3lbs this week, but I'm not so sure I'm going to get as lucky.

Unfortunately, we got snowed upon once again in the fabulous state of Virginia. Which, as of today, we're supposed to be seeing 60 degree weather, like normal. But nooooo, it apparently feels the need to be bitter cold outside.

So, snowy weather means that daddy is home. Daddy is home, which means that schedules are whacky. And it also means that we most likely either won't be home and will be eating out all day long (because daddy is going stir crazy and needs to get out of the house) or we'll be working non-stop on the house and completely forget to eat balanced meals.

Both of those happened....every single day. Go figure.

I haven't weighed myself this week, and I don't plan on weighing myself until Sunday, as scheduled. This will help me not feel even MORE down about myself, and gives me a few days to get back on track since daddy goes back to work tomorrow!

I also spent a lot of time in prayer very very early this morning -- like, 2am early because I kept waking up... that's a whole other story for a whole other day...apparently God likes waking me up in the middle of the night to pray for certain people, at least, He has for the past 3 weeks. It's awesome, mind blowing (especially for people I barely know) and tiring all at the same time.


I came to the realization that I really need to allow God to work through me during this time of getting back into shape. I need to lean on Him constantly -- it's not an option, it's a necessity. Not only is this weight loss journey molding me into a new body, but it's molding my character in Christ. I'm learning to be more self controlled, patient, and kind....to myself, and to others. But I've also found that I snap quicker and have a lot  less patience at times. It's contradictory, I know. But it is what it is.

One of my goals in 2014 has been to allow and evidently see the fruits of the Spirit working in my personal life. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control.

This lifestyle change isn't just a physical one, but a spiritual one.

I could have never imagined that they would go hand in hand. But then I remember this scripture...
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." [1 Corinthians 6:19-20]

All in all, I love this lifestyle change, as I did before when I was taking care of myself. It's easy, it really is. I'm hoping to add more exercise into my routine next week, once things are back to normal (as I pray for no more snow!).

As for my hips? Well, I'm happy to say goodbye to them over the next few weeks. I'm hoping a smokin' hot body will make up for it -- poor husband :) He's taking it harder than I thought he would. And I love him so much for it.

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