Fitness + Weight Loss Mid-Year Update

I realize we are past the mid-year mark but June and July were pretty nuts for myself and my family as we moved into a new house. Our life has finally settled down a bit, which I’m so thankful for, and we are enjoying every second of being in this home.

You can read the start of my weight loss journey here, but I thought it was time for another update!

In a nutshell, I started working out very regularly and began following a Jenny Craig meal program in January. I lost over 20 lbs and then quit doing the Jenny Craig meals (which I was eating roughly 80% of the time) in May.

Since May, I’ve maintained my weight. It’s fluctuated a little bit up and down, but May, June, and July were not good months for me on the health + fitness front. In hindsight, I wish I was a bit more strict with my diet and exercise routine but here were are and I’m simply looking at the summer as a season of maintenance.

I’m so encouraged that I didn’t gain any weight back and as of this week, I’m sitting right at 22 lbs lost since January 1st. Do I wish that number was higher? Kind of. Am I still happy and satisfied with that much weight loss? Very.

My new goal which I do think it’s very reasonable and accessible is to lose 10 more pounds over the next 2 months. I know I can do it, I just need to be very thoughtful about calories in versus calories out. I’m not going to do Jenny Craig again, not because I didn’t like it, but because I feel like I’m in a better place that allows me to make my own healthy meals.

If, in fact, I do lose that weight, I’ll be back at a number where I feel very comfortable! I want to say here that tracking the number on the scale does not work for everyone. A lot of people I know track weight loss via how their clothes fit or how they feel when they exercise. I’m simply sharing that for me, in order to see progress and stay motivated, I need to watch that number on the scale!

I’m still doing Bootcamp classes as often as I possibly can. A normal week has me at Bootcamp at least 4 times, but normal weeks seem to be a thing of the past these days! I wish I was better at home workouts but I simply don’t burn nearly as many calories working out alone or at home than I do at the gym. I need the competition and motivation to press on when I want to quit, and being at the gym with my friends is the perfect formula for me to enjoy it and get in a great, calorie-burning workout!

My plan to lose this next 10 pounds is to mimic the portions I was eating when I was doing Jenny Craig, work out as regularly as possible, and eat more vegetables. Lunch is my worst meal as far as planning goes but on days that I get plenty of protein along with some veggies in the afternoon, I find that I’m not famished by dinnertime.

Thanks for your support and encouragement, either via comments here or DMs on Instagram. This is a very personal thing to share but I hope it’s helpful for anyone else who may be trying to lose weight.