GL Gets Fit ~ 4 Months Later { weekly update #12 }

Its been a long time coming – I realized a few weeks ago that I would be closing in on my 4 month mark and wanted to be sure to write a post and check in with you.  I’ve said it a million times – but even if one of you reads this and feels motivated, I’ll be happy.  

Four months ago I was closing in on having wrist surgery for a minor issue but it was my initial weigh in at my referral visit with the surgeon that I had my wake up call.  June 10th – I weighed in after lunch – but it was shocking.  It was – holy shit – how did that happen?!  Lets be honest – I knew exactly how it happened but it didn’t make it any better.  I was feeling crappy, felt fat, and found contentment in buying bigger clothes and instead of working to loose weight and get back into old clothes.  I decided I needed to start thinking about changing my lifestyle.  I’m not a trainer or a nutritionist – in fact I’m the farthest from both.  I still despise 90% of vegetables – and find comfort in stress eating.

However, I’ve also realized that its MY life – eating poorly is MY fault.  Not exercising is also MY fault.  Rather than revamp my life, clean out all the crap food I had, and restrict myself.  I resorted to embracing a lifestyle change gradually.  I still love double stuff oreos, cheetos, and doritos, but I don’t buy them.  If they show up in the apt thanks to my roommate I’ll eat some but try really hard to limit how much I eat.  I’ve also increased the amount of water I drink and attempted in cutting back on my vice – Diet Mountain Dew.  The soda/pop drinking has cut back but I think the addiction will always be there.  I’ve also increased the amount of fiber I’m eating and taking a probiotic daily to help cut down on cravings and try to get my body in a “healthier” place inside and out.

I need to finish this section of the update saying that I’m not really exercising that hard but completing daily challenges and randomly adding on a 90 second plank.

Now – time for some updates.  In the past week I completed my 30 Day Back Challenge – YAY!  I love LOVE love completing challenges.  Crossing off each day with a giant pink X makes me feel like I accomplished something.  In thirty days – I have gone from doing a handful of moves to over a hundred reverse flies, renegade rows, bridge pullovers and a 3 minute superman.  Four months ago – I wouldn’t have made it.  I know physically that these challenges are awesome at easing me into a groove and the little increase every day makes it seem easier to add on a couple more here and there.

I’ve noticed quite a bit of definition in my arms, specifically my flabby upper arms.  Now I know that just about everyone has some flabby or flappy upper arms, and while mine are still there, I feel better that there is more muscle in them than there has been in a really long time.  I’ve gotten a few compliments from people that see me all the time and my confidence is getting better and better every day.  (Note-I did modify the renegade rows to do on my knees instead of a normal verson.)

Time for my favorite part – there is about 5% of me that doesn’t understand how this is possible – but I’ve been tracking my measurements every few weeks since June 26th – 4 months later – here are my numbers.


Bust – 2 inches
Waist – 5.5 inches
Hips – 2.75 inches
Upper Arms (flab) – 2 inches
Upper Thighs – 2.5 inches

Weight is still hovering around 10-13 pounds lost since June 10 – BUT the proof is in the inches.  My challenges have focused on using my own body weight or free weights to build muscle.  Muscle does weigh more than fat – so while I can’t say I’ve lost a crazy number of pounds. I can say I’ve lost 14.75 INCHES!!!!!!!!!  Like OMG! Really?!  Its true.

Next week – I’m starting a new 30 day challenge.  Stay tuned – and I’d love for you to join me in the fun!

I cannot thank you enough for sticking with me on this journey and encouraging me in person or on here.  I know I couldn’t have crossed the 4 month mark on my own, so sharing my ups and downs with you helps remind me that I’m human and I didn’t gain weight overnight – and its not going to disappear that fast either.

Hugs to you all! x0 ~jen


3 thoughts on “GL Gets Fit ~ 4 Months Later { weekly update #12 }

  1. YAY YO!!! I haven’t been completely keeping up with your blog but I thought you looked a bit smaller at your goddaughters vb! I need to learn from you. SO I vow to do the next 30 days with you!

    • Thank you! 🙂 Its a struggle most of the time but one step at a time. I’m still debating a few different challenges so I’ll let you know which one is next on my list!

  2. Congrats Jen!! The hardest part is the fact that it takes time and dedication (I have patience for neither!) Thats a great amount of inches though, way to go!

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