Update: June Body Challenge

Remember those infamous jeans?

Yeah, those jeans! I was rearranging my closet space and drawers and going through clothes. Guest what I found. MORE JEANS!!! I couldn't believe it. Two pairs of size 6 Modern Straight from The Loft, one pair of size 6 Curvy Skinny from The Loft and one pair of size 6 Signature Boot cut from somewhere :)  I forgot that I even had Skinny jeans! I couldn't believe it.  Right now I'm wearing a size 10. Getting back to that size 6 means dropping two sizes.  I can do that, right? Totally!  All it takes is some commitment to my health and fitness.

And I found these beautiful dresses that definitely don't fit.

When I first began my June Body Challenge on June 1st I weighed in at 158.  It's been two weeks and I am now 156, so that's 1 pound per week. That's normal and healthy.  I know that it will take time to get where I want to be. My doctor wants me down around 140 and I just want to fit into those size 6 skinny jeans. For my birthday I'd like to get into the dress that's in the front. It's purple and sexy.  The last time I wore it was when I was living in Los Angeles in 2009.  A fancy birthday dinner the end of August with my friends would be awesome and fun.  So, skinny jeans and the purple dress.  When I can get back into those, then I'll be feeling good.

Amber over at Mr. Thomas & Me posted about her weight loss journey back in November.  She made some really good discoveries about her health after losing 17 pounds.  Some of those things I didn't even think of! For example ~ how being 17 pounds lighter feels on her shins and knees.  The only thing I keep thinking about is my stomach and getting rid of the "bulge." I didn't even think about me knees.

I have a problem where my knees pop all the time and hurt all the time. My doctor has be taking glucosamine to help with it. Dr. Oz (10 Reasons to Lose Just 10) says that every extra pound is really three extra pounds on your joints.  So if I am to lose 16 more pounds, then that's like taking 48 pounds off of my knees!

So besides my not-so-little bulge, there's my knees to think about. Weight effects my heart health too - cholesterol is a huge aspect of this as is low blood pressure. I'm good on the blood pressure, but I know that my cholesterol could use some help.  Dr. Oz says ~ Nearly half of Americans have too much visceral fat, the abdominal fat that surrounds your internal organs, visible in their protruding bellies. The danger is this: visceral fat contains cells that release inflammation-causing chemicals in the body, which can cause memory loss and increase your chances of developing dementia.  This is where my not-so-awesome food choices come into play that are causing my bulge.  I could list off the foods that I eat that I know I shouldn't eat, but I'm not going to do that.

Lots to think about and lots to do! Pump it!