Sunday, August 19, 2012

SSSDC - Week 11 recap and Details for Week 12

Greetings Bloggerlings!
It's Sunday morning and feeling like fall more than ever today. Last night was the first night we were able to sleep with the bedroom windows open versus having the AC on at full blast and it was heavenly! I'm ready for a few more nights like that, even if I am NOT really ready for the fall season to kick in 100%.

We are wrapping up Week 11 of the Summer Sizzle Slim Down Challenge, just in time for the sizzle of summer to wind itself down as well, I guess. This week the goal was to just talk about how we are feeling right now in our weight loss journey and what we have learned thus far (if anything) from doing the challenge. I shared a few thoughts on my previous post this week about what I have learned and I have to say that each day I gain a little bit more knowledge about myself and what I am capable of as I continue on. I keep surprising myself when i realize that I am no longer so caught up in the idea of eating enough (ie: to the extent of fullness), and having certain foods (and I don't mean the healthy ones).  I used to think I had to have certain things, and had a sense of panic when those things (usually sweets) would not be available to me. I do know that I really had a bad issue with sugar and carbs - and although I haven't eliminated them from my diet by any means, I have learned to eat them in moderation, and have increased the amount of fruits and veggies in my diet tremendously. The feeling of needing sweets (and let's face it, bread) is no longer part of my daily existence, and it feels good being free of that grip that those certain foods had on me. I wish I could explain what I mean far more eloquently than how I am at the moment, but if you have ever been under the control of food the way I suspect I have been over the years,  you know exactly what I am talking about.

Anyway - Once again, I'm incredibly late on posting my photos and measurements, since I didn't do them while on vacation  - but I do have them for you today, as well as a picture of my weight loss as represented in food pounds. Ready???

Here are my stats for Week 11.

Beginning weight (start of SSSDC) - 232
Last week's weight - 215
This week's weight - 211.75
I lost 3.25 lbs this week WITH Aunt Flo visiting. This is nothing short of a miracle, I tell you. Just goes to show what a little sweat equity will buy you.

That makes my challenge weight loss thus far to be 20.25 lbs. Yep - I met my goal! :-)
In food that looks like this:
So far I've lost 6 bell peppers, 11 bananas, a 10 lb bag of rice and a bottle of wine. Not too shabby!

As for my body shots, I'm looking like this these days (in blue):
Aug 19, 2012 - 211.25 lbs
June 3, 2012 - 232 lbs
Aug 19, 2012 - 211.75 lbs
June 3, 2012 - 232 lbs

Aug 19, 2012 - 211.75 lbs
June 3, 2012 - 232 lbs

Aug 19, 2012 - 211.75 lbs
June 3, 2012 - 232 lbs
 I still have a long way to go, but I do see some changes in this round of pictures (when compared to my very first shots), especially in my face, waist and even my arms a small bit (maybe a wee bit more toned). My measurements have changed a bit, too (although I have to tell you, it is hard to measure yourself. I am going to ask my trainer to measure me at the end of the challenge to get more accurate readings - I could be way off):

Starting              Previous         Current
Neck - n/a            15 3/4             15 3/4
Bust - 48              46 1/2              46
Waist - 43 1/2      41 3/4              40 1/2
Hips - 52 1/2        50 3/4             49 3/4
Thigh - 27 1/2      27 1/4             26 3/4
Upper Arm - n/a   15 3/4            15 1/2
Calf - n/a              18 3/4             18 1/2

That's about it. We are now into Week 12 (only 2 weeks to go!)
Simple enough. Remind us what your goals were for week 10. Now go and beat them into submission!!!!

My goal is to lose 3 lbs this week and finish week 4 of the C25K strong (no week repeat). Fingers and toes crossed!

What are your goals this week? 


  1. Amazing comparisons! I can totally tell! You go girl!!!

  2. I can definitely see the difference! Amazing job!

  3. I can really tell the difference in those pictures! Good for you! WooHoo! My feeling about my weight loss remain the same as always- it's not fast enough and I suck at losing weight. :)

  4. I can tell, I can tell! Mainly in your face and your upper belly. Wow!

  5. Your face! It's so much slimmer and your neck is getting longer. You look great!

  6. Way to go, you look fantastic! Great loss for the week too girl!

  7. That is a SUPER AWESOME Loss and boy can you tell it in your pictures congrats! You should feel extra proud of yourself!!!

  8. I can see it, I really can. You are doing so good Rochelle. I am not and I am sorry.
    You are such an inspiration and you should be so proud of yourself.
    Keep up the great work girl. I know I am proud of you.
    Good luck this week and God Bless!!

  9. You are doing so great, and you look fantastic!! Awesome progress pics!! Keep at it!!

  10. Yes, those pictures make it obvious hat you have lost quite a nice chunk of weight. Great transformation! You have been a rock star, too, in supporting all of us challengers. Have a great week!

  11. Excellent work Rochelle! You should be proud of your efforts! Doesn't it feel liberating to know that you don't 'need' certain foods? Keep up the awesome work :)

  12. Thats so awesome! Excellet work!! Love those progress pictures!!

  13. Look at that tummy slimming down!!! and your face!!! I love photos for tracking progress SO MUCH! You are doing great!