The summer is officially here and boy did she bring some heat with her! Today is suppose to be a scoreture but I am really excited that it is now officially summer.
Growing up I hated the summer. The summer meant hot weather, sweating profusely, and wearing less clothes, aka revealing more of my body to the public. I loved the colder months because I could hide behind my jeans and a hoodie, which I admit I still like to do sometimes. Over the past 5 years however, the summertime has quickly become one of my favorite times of year as I’ve lost weight, gotten into shape, and learned to love my body more.
I love going to the beach/pool, wearing my bathing suit, watching baseball, trekking around DC, traveling, and soaking up some rays.
My body weight has been up and down over the past 3 years, but for the most part I have fluctuated between 215 and 225 (give or take). Even with my weight loss plateau, I am a much stronger person (mentally and physically) than I was 3 years ago. As I share in My Journey, I went through a rough patch about 3 years ago which cased some weight gain and depression. Despite those events however, I have worked hard to stay connected with my quest to live a healthy and happy life and have maintained my weight (losing and gaining the same 10 pounds) over the past 3 years.
Last summer I decided to go scaleless and although I didn’t lose any weight last summer, I really learned a lot about myself and how transitions affect my body. A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to give the scaleless summer another go (I’m smelling a tradition here)! Over the past year I have learned so much about myself and my body and with the proper balance between pain and pleasure, this summer can be fantastic!
The scaleless summer will run from today (June 20, 2012) until September 21, 2012 (the first day of Fitbloggin). What this means is that I will not weigh myself for the next 93 days. WHAAT?!?
On June 11, 2012 I weighed in at 225.2
From last summer I can tell you that it is the most freeing experience, but you have to be connected with your body, how you feel, when you’re hungry, and when you’re not hungry. The scale for me is a way to track if I’m “doing well or if I’m doing poorly”, but as my sister shared last night, the scale is not the best reflection of how you are doing (she claims that I look the fittest she’s every seen me but I technically weigh 18 pounds more than my lowest weight). Having to give up the scale can be scary, but it forces you to focus on other tools for tracking your health, fitness, and body weight.
Last summer I set a goal for myself, and that was to lose 15-20 pounds… yeah, that didn’t happen… so this year I want to be realistic with my goal setting.
- Follow the Tone It Up nutrition plan pre and post wedding/honeymoon
- Continue to plan out my meals for the week ahead on Sundays
- Utilize what I have in my pantry, minimizing what I purchase at the grocery store
- Go to the farmers market every Saturday to pick up fresh/seasonal produce
- Workout for 30 minutes every morning (#bootycall)
- Do not weigh myself
- Enjoy every ounce of my wedding and honeymoon!
- Lose weight
- Learn more about myself and what life is like without a bathroom scale