The Shrink I did Rethink

14 Feb

Rethink Your Shrink!

The Shrink I did Rethink

I have this post written in my head but I have been having the hardest time actually writing! I am not sure why. I have been in a bit of a funk since we got all this snow. I am tired of winter, tired of snow….and the weatherman says we might get more on Monday and possibly more again on Saturday. I am OVER this snow stuff!! I love my home – it is my favorite place on the planet but even I need to be able to get out of my house once in a while!

Snow rant over!

The Monday ProjectMy friends at Shrinking Jeans posted this assignment as a final project:

Rethink Your Shrink is coming to an end! Are you ready? Did you rethink? And moreover, did you shrink?  What happened over the past 7 weeks? Did you move more? Did you find victories? Did you find non-scale victories? Did you do something you’ve never done before? (And in a good way?) How much did you lose? How much did you gain in knowledge and preparation? How did you do when you had an off-week? Did you fall off? Did you get back up? Where did you find motivation? Did you like this challenge? How did you do?

On Saturday, January 2nd I weighed in at 204 pounds and yesterday, February 13th I weighed in at 196.8, which is a gain this week of 2.2 ~ thank you sickness and then snow storm but a loss of 7.2 pounds over the course of the 7 errrr 6 weeks of this awesome challenge! I don’t think I shrank but I grew in so many ways during this challenge.

I am also involved in the Perfect 10 challenge and the Mamavation; what can I say?!?! I love challenges and I love the support system from my online peeps! I have met some awesome people during these challenges! I have participated and continue to participate in many challenges! Rethink your Shrink has been unlike any other challenge and I think that is why it has meant so much to me that I am sad it is over.

I finally had my a-ha moment! I woke up and realized that I have been half-assing this weight loss thing! I was not putting my whole heart into it and I have now vowed that 20-10 will be the year of JEN and I am embracing myself and my journey. I have made working out a priority. I have found workouts I LOVE and I have learned that I have to do what works best for me and not what everyone else is doing. I have a problem with that, I get caught up in other people’s excitement. Example, everyone was doing the 30 Day Shred and I had to have that!! I finally received it and I almost killed myself trying to get through it – it was a killer on my knees!! but everyone kept tweeting and blogging about it and I tried to finish…what the hell was I thinking. I do not have to be like anyone else! I am not ashamed of my walking dvd workouts and I think my knees are thankful: they are getting stronger, I am getting stronger and I am doing it my way!

I finally get it!!!

This is my life, my journey and I have to do it my way!!!

I have grown and I continue to grow and learn. I am finding my way and I am finally having fun doing it! I am not blogging as often but when I blog I enjoy it! I workout and I am enjoying it! I am spending more time with my family. I am finding myself getting more organized and less cluttered which is definitely helping my weight loss journey. I know, it sounds crazy but it true!

The last week was a bit crazy with being trapped in the house with the snow immediately following a bout of sickness! Even though my eating was not awesome, I did get back to working out this week 4 days in a row!! I had actually started to miss my workouts and I am so glad I pushed myself to get back at it! I loved when I needed it, I had a ton of support and ass-kicking!!

The past 6-7 weeks I have really stepped up my physical game and I have bulldozed through mental blocks and I feel stronger and more confident than ever.  I am stronger, physically and mentally! I am more confident and satisfied with myself. I am not perfect and I am ok with that!!

I will continue to fight for my health and greatness!!

Thanks hookers, ya’ll throw a great challenge!!

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20 Responses to “The Shrink I did Rethink”

  1. Tina February 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    We all go through those ups and downs, I gained too this week, even with exercising every day. That 30 day Shred is a killer on my knees too, that's why I got a rebounder. You should think about it, it's really fun and no stress to your knees. Have a good week! Hopefully the snow we got will be a historical event not to happen every year!Tina

  2. Bari_F February 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    I hear ya about being over winter-so there myself. I applaud you for finding something that works for you. 20-10 will definitely be your year-I can feel it!

  3. beeacutie2 February 14, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    Everyone has those time when they gain, trust me we have all been there, but look at you… most people when they gain stp what they are doing and keep gaining, but instead you are not! You are taking control and saying this is not happening, you were sick and sickness can do that because of medican. I am glad yoy know us sisters are here for you! Kepp up your good work! @beeacutie2

  4. Bookieboo February 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    I love your recommitment. Did you ever try tae bo? I like their moves cause they are martial arts based and I love learning self defense and exercising at the same time. I think you rocked that challenge! XXOO

  5. SuburbHouseWife February 15, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    This is my life, my journey and I have to do it my way!! Thank you for that quote. In order for anyone of us to succeed we have to find that niche that fits us. Glad to see that you are enjoying everything that you do more since you have had your “ah-ha” moment. Keep up the great work 😀

  6. brittneywalker February 15, 2010 at 4:08 am #

    Love it! Do it your way! I just fought one of those battles myself. Sounds like you are on the right track!

  7. Iva @ Horizontal YoYo February 15, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    I'm over winter, too, and I live in SE GA! I will be so happy to walk outside without having to bundle up and actually hear birds sing, again!

  8. kia February 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    I respect that you have been sick for a while so will congratulate the 7.2 pounds in 6 weeks. I also love that you admitted that you have been half-assing it so far… I look forward to the rest of your 2010! Following your ah-ha moment you are unstoppable.

  9. thebusybabymama February 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    I am done done done with the snow. We've been snowed in all week and it's such a downer. The kids and I just want to get out and play! You're doing great though, here's to an amazing next week!

  10. empowermephotoguy February 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Jen, I just found your blog and I'm so glad I did. You are keeping it real, and that is something that the majority of us can relate to. YES, do it YOUR way. There is no other way. What works for someone else, may not work for you as you have already discovered. Keep focused on this journey of yours, because you can achieve anything you put your mind to! Keep up the great work!

  11. Trayce @trulytrayce February 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    LOL I sooo heart you Jen!!!!!!!! You are right!! THIS IS YOUR journey and you are setting your own terms!!! 2010 is going to be one of your best years yet!! I can NOT wait to give you a big hug at fitbloggin!!! XXXOOOO

  12. Stacey / Create a Balance February 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Thanks for mentioning “mental blocks”, there are so many of them when it comes to weight loss. Cheers to you for tackling them and for feeling more confident because you took on your mental blocks head on!

  13. Heather February 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    Isn't it awesome to find exercise that you LOVE? That was always my stumbling block before, but not now! I know that A LOT of this journey is about the 6 inches between our ears. It's tough to work on that too.You're doing great – keep it up!!!

  14. Rachel Ostrander February 16, 2010 at 1:44 am #

    Thanks, Hookers! Lol That's hilarious. Yes, this should be a priority, yes this should be about you. That's the attitude you need to keep as you move forward – you don't need the challenge, just the mindset! Congrats on the 7lbs!

  15. colleen_mouse February 16, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    I am involved in a couple challenges too…the more the merrier! Congrats on your loss!

  16. angelasue79 February 17, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    Jen, you rock. You really do! This is YOUR journey, you got it! I'm so impressed with your new attitude. This IS going to be the year of Jen. 🙂

  17. lastminutemandy February 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    I LOVE this post, Jen. Particularly, the part about your Ah-Ha moment. I feel similarly. Half the time I am full force about getting healthy, the other half is me, half-assing it. I too, get caught up in the “new” and “now” exercises. This does benefit me in a way – I get bored of workouts very quickly – but at the same time, it takes the focus off what is good for ME, for MY body. I'll think about this post, and how to focus more on what *I* need in the future. Thanks! And congrats on your loss!

    • bwJen February 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

      Mandy that is it exactly!! raring to go or half assing it! damn! Going backto something that is comfortable was exactly what I needed too feel aresurge! I was feeling a bit like a failure when the Shred and Tae Bo andother stuff was just out of my reality!! Everyone else was doing thesethings and doing great – what was right for everybody else was not right forme! I finally realized that it was ok to be different! To just be me!! andguess what?!?! I like me!!much love!! xoxo

  18. lastminutemandy February 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    I LOVE this post, Jen. Particularly, the part about your Ah-Ha moment. I feel similarly. Half the time I am full force about getting healthy, the other half is me, half-assing it. I too, get caught up in the “new” and “now” exercises. This does benefit me in a way – I get bored of workouts very quickly – but at the same time, it takes the focus off what is good for ME, for MY body. I'll think about this post, and how to focus more on what *I* need in the future. Thanks! And congrats on your loss!

  19. jeninRL February 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm #

    Mandy that is it exactly!! raring to go or half assing it! damn! Going backto something that is comfortable was exactly what I needed too feel aresurge! I was feeling a bit like a failure when the Shred and Tae Bo andother stuff was just out of my reality!! Everyone else was doing thesethings and doing great – what was right for everybody else was not right forme! I finally realized that it was ok to be different! To just be me!! andguess what?!?! I like me!!much love!! xoxo

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