Aug 10 2011

The Beauty Loser: A Beauty Fanatic’s Weight Loss Journey… Take Two!

Me on August 8, 2011

I have a confession to make.

I’m still fat.

On April 6 of this year, I decided to begin a weight loss journey, and to begin it very publicly with you, the reader, by my side. You responded so well to my post, that I was greatly encouraged. Unfortunately, I wrote one intro post, and I never wrote about it again. Sure – I kept at exercising for about three weeks, but the scale didn’t really do anything and I was more interested in other things at the time.

Until now.

Attending CosmoProf in Las Vegas really changed my mind about how I want to live my life. It wasn’t just seeing pictures of myself after the event, it was how I felt while attending the event.

I’ll throw a couple things out at you:

  • Chub rub.
  • Sore calves from walking I wasn’t used to doing, which I would have been used to were I exercising regularly. 
  • Sore feet and heels (which granted, I might have had these anyway, I did so much walking!).

I felt in Vegas the way I do everyday – plain ole’ uncomfortable. I’m tired of the way my arms feel when I put them down by my sides, as if they’re big fat turkey legs sticking out of my shoulders. I’m tired of the double chin, and trying to get the photo just right when I do full-face makeup photos for this blog. I’m tired of the roll of fat around my waist, and the thickness around my knees.

So, here I am again, asking if you’ll take this weight loss journey with me – again. I’ll continue to be honest with you, because it keeps me honest with myself.

To help myself, I’ve decided to start off week one with a change of my eating habits. I’ve cut out creamer from my coffee. Instead of a reduced fat blueberry muffin for breakfast, I’m having healthy things like oatmeal or hardboiled egg whites, nonfat yogurt and a banana.

I’ll get back to exercising, but I’m going to try and ease myself into it, intsead of going full-force like I tried last time.

I’ll come back to you next week, the beginning of the week, and report on how the week went. It’s my intent to do this EVERY WEEK! I debated about whether or not to do this weekly, but I need to hold myself accountable, and this is my blog. Therefore, this is how I will be accountable. I will use an app on my iPhone called Calorie Counter to help me, as it was suggested by Krystal from Polish Galore, and one of my coworkers!

For now, I leave you with pics that are going to be my inspiration. This is how I looked in 2005/2006, into 2007, when I was running, and had gone from 204 to 164 lbs.

Goofing off:

Maid of honor in my best friends’ wedding:

Las Vegas for my 30th, June 2007 (I had gained about 10 lbs back, and I thought I was fat – man! if only I was smarter):

In 2006, cheesing with the medal from the Philadelphia Distance Run (now the Philadelphia Half Marathon … a 13.1-mile race I completed in September that year!):

Thanks in advance for following me on this journey. I am not sure if I’ll post a pic every week, but maybe every month, which would be a better gauge of weight loss.

Wish me luck!

  • BeautyJudy

    Just wanted to say … THANK YOU ALL! I am still going strong! And I know with your encouragement I will continue to do so! I hope if you would like, you will join me on this journey!!!

  • Katherine

    Judy! I’m proud of you for having the guts to do this! I wish you great success and i’m glad we got to have one last hurray in vegas at the wicked spoon. Bad days will happen so don’t let them take you down! I look forward to seeing your transformation!

  • minicolor

    Hi, just wanted to post and wish you luck. You look lovely, but I can understand that you want to feel better healthwise. I remember your first post. I am kind of in the same boat myself- I just feel kind of bleah, and trying to lose some lbs in hopes of regaining some pep and energy- so I will be looking forward to your updates. Good luck! =D

  • Lucy

    You can do it Judy! I still think you look wonderful. Since I’m much bigger you look perfect to me. I do understand that this weight is too much for you. Everyone has their issues. I wish you well and will look forward to your weekly posts. I’m still on my journey. I’ve been at it for three years. I went to the doctor last year and I’d only lost 7lbs in a year. That’s really a horrible waste of time. I could have been down so much more. The one important thing is that I didn’t quit and gain all the weight back and more. In the past I usually quit after a year and gained more weight. At least I’m maintaining. I had been losing weight but I go up and down by 10 lbs. Not good. It’s much easier in the Summer with all the fresh fruit and vegetables. I depend on salads a lot for dinner. I know I’m going to get sick of them! I have to find something else to eat.

  • Alice

    hey, don’t worry! we are here and we support you! I think that is super important being honest with yourself. I hope the new eating habit will work 🙂

  • Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard

    Judy, You are beautiful and I adore you. Truly. I also wish you well on this journey (and it IS a journey) to getting back in shape. I agree with Evil Angel’s comment above (which made me LOL.)
    Every time we catch ourselves, is progress…and soon we begin catch ourselves more quickly, then averting ourselves from the self inflicted damage.
    Obviously, I too struggle with the weight issue. I’m a sugar junkie and an emotional eater. I’ve found a ton of help and comfort in the book “Women, Food and God” (which has nothing to with God by the way) and still highly recommend it. I’m aware of the mistakes I’m making as I make them…(step one) now I need to catch them as they are happening and stop them.
    Maria mentioned at the dinner at RED that she stops eating when she’s full. I watched her and was inspired by her. I join you! I’m picking up my book, rereading and getting back to MINDFUL eating and nourishing my body.
    Hugs to you! Cheers for you!

  • Crystal

    Work it girl! You seem to have a great attitude towards remedying your current situation, keep it up. As dumb as it may sound, my secret was The Thighmaster! They have 2 different kinds now, and it comes with a DVD that shows different exercises for different muscles. Happy thoughts to you:)

  • Lisa

    I’m usually a lurker, but I wanted to de-lurk and say good luck! I love your blog, and I’ll definitely keep following you through your journey and sending you good wishes. It’s hard work, but I think it’s definitely worth it to feel good in your own body 🙂

  • EvilAngel

    You might not have gotten as far on the path as you had planned but at least you are laying down on the side of the road eating a family bag of cheetos!
    You just put on your walking shoes and hop back on!

  • Karen

    Good luck Judy! I was in the same boat as you earlier this year, so I know what you are going through. You can do it sweetie!

  • rmcandlelight (nailsbeautiqued)

    You go girl you can do it!! 😀

  • Nicole

    Judy, I wish you tons of luck! I think you’re gorgeous, but I know how you feel. I sit so much for my job, and I work such long hours, that I find myself making excuses about doing anything active – and I’ve put on pounds to the point of being uncomfortable in my own skin. I need to get off my butt!