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Jan 16 2012

The Beauty Loser Weekly Update 01/16/2012

My face, October 2011:

And my face today:

Can you tell that my cheeks are starting to slim down?!

This week, it’s all about enjoying the changes I see and taking a moment to feel a bit of pride in what I’ve accomplished in 13 weeks.

When I look at those two face photos, I see myself now as less chubby around the nostril and mouth and cheek area. I even notice the slimming that’s happening in my neck.

I notice that I’m now fitting into my size 16 Old Navy jeans, although the dress pants I bought at NY&Co were 18s. Um, still. I am able to shop there again! And those dress pants – I bought them right before Christmas and they’re already fitting a little looser.

Everyone that knows me has noticed my body is changing. I am so flattered that my coworkers, friends, family and fr-amily (that’s friends who are more like family!) are commenting on my slimming figure. Their notice is a reminder that I am doing something concrete, and I’m making a difference in my body, in my life and there’s no turning back now!

I believe in rewarding yourself for doing a good job at something or accomplishing a goal. Two weeks ago, I finally decided I deserved a treat for my weeks of successful lifestyle changes. So I took myself to a salon (Ulta), got my hair cut and styled differently, and had red and blonde highlights added! Here’s a pic, not sure if you can see it too well!

Getting color in my hair is not something I do often because it’s costly. The only two times I’ve dyed my hair, I had a great hook-up and really underpaid for it. But now, without that hook-up, I pay salon prices. I’m so glad I splurged! I love my hair, and I feel confident between my new look and my body.

The message here is: Treat yourself when you work hard at and succeed at something. You deserve it! Just don’t rest on your laurels LOL!

The Stats

So with all that said and done, here’s my stats for the week:

Weight at start of the week 2: 201.4 lbs.

Weight at end of the week 2: 200.2 lbs.

That’s a total of 1.2 lbs down, for a grand total of 20 lbs down!!!

Goals for the coming week!

  • Tracking my food. I have slacked off journaling what I eat and how many Weight Watchers PointsPlus my food is, and I am pledging to write down what I eat this week, no matter what.
  • Drink more water. Since I need to avoid caffeine with my gall bladder, I’ve been drinking hot decaf tea. TONS of it. I need to get in more water during the day, less tea.
  • Eat less sodium. This is something I’ve been thinking a lot about. I want to become more conscious of how much sodium I am consuming.

What about you? Have you had any big accomplishments that need celebrating?! Share in the comments below – I want to celebrate with you!!!

  • hng23

    Here’s a water-drinking trick I learned working in a busy clinic: Put a cup of water on your desk. Keep a bottle of water under your desk. Every time you drink some water, top up/refill your cup. Two things will happen: you won’t run out of water & you won’t have to stop to figure out how much water you’ve had. I know that there are supposed to be rules of thumb (8 glasses/day, etc), but really all that counts is that your pee is lemonade-coloured. If it’s darker, you need more water. Also, tea, whether or not it’s decaf, is a diuretic, so it’s not really hydrating you, as it just makes you pee more.

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

    N

  • http://polishtopia.blogspot.com Cali

    Well done Judy, you can definitely see the difference in your face. Keep up the good work!

  • Kim

    Congratulations Yeah!, I take water challenges for each day. I set my goal for a gallon a day, and only made it twice. Never you mind I be speeding home after work.:D I watch my sodium content but it takes great practice, I taste my food first, even the BF doesnt reach for the salt first. I stay away from the frozen meals, even the so called healthy stuff( You know who) Salt aids in retaining water, so less salt, less water, less weight, Thank you for inspiring me and taking us along on your journey

  • Lucy

    Your doing so well. I can tell the difference in your face. It feel wonderful when people notice a difference. Even better when clothes start fitting again. Like the hair color. Good idea to treat yourself for a job well done. I drink Wyler’s of Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea. It’s sugar free & caffeine free. If you like those try them. I drink them all the time. I can’t really stomach water too much. Just check for sure about them both being caffeine free. I know I definitely checked one but I don’t know which one. I have a terrible memory.

    • http://beautyjudy.com BeautyJudy

      Thanks Lucy! And especially for the tip on the teas! I will check on te caffei e content!

  • http://polishfixation.blogspot.com Erika

    You are doing so awesomely!!!! It totally shows in your pics too! Keep up the amazing work! :)

    • http://beautyjudy.com BeautyJudy

      Thank you so much!!!

  • Helen

    Hi Judy! Well done! So proud of you. You can definitely tell the difference. I am starting Slimming World today so perhaps once again we can spur each other on.
    Love from your English twin!

    • http://beautyjudy.com BeautyJudy

      Thanks Helen! And best of luck to you starting your journey!