6/30/2011

ten down

Actually, 13 down..... but when I was 10 down I was under the weather and horribly unattractive, so what do ya do? You take the photos later, that's what!!! Here's the story on this lacy skirt: Jason gave it to me for Christmas, I wore it once while it was still obviously too small and swore I would wear it..... someday. Today. Yay!!!!


There was muuuuuuch learning during these first 10 (13) lbs. There was yo-yo'ing (lost 6, gained all 6 back; lost 8, gained 5 back... a couple times), there were some emotional battles, a few educational books, a few quotes and calendar/charts on my wall and many different ideas for workouts since I can't do one thing for very long.


After the first month of losing a whole 3 pounds I threw my first plan in the garbage and after a minute or two of self-loathing because I just couldn't lose weight I started trying other things. That's the ticket right there: If what you're doing isn't working, do something else!!!!! And do it after a week, not a month.


After a few other things didn't work so great I read Tom Venuto's book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle, and things started clicking. Now I'm no longer "on a diet"—I just choose to eat healthy, I choose to take note of what exactly I am putting between my lips, I choose to eat only whole grains and as much raw fruits/vegetables as possible, I choose to exercise daily, I choose to be in control..... I choose to lose weight. I don't tell my self "Absolutely NO sweets" or "I can NEVER eat anything I ever loved again" because I know myself and that will just lead to a massive breakdown and several steps back in the wrong direction. So once a week  I can have something extra sweet and delectable and every day I can have a little square of dark chocolate if I want it and I'm happy with that.


It's very hard to try to eat as few fatty calories as possible when I have a husband who has CF and therefore he needs as many calories and as much fatty food as possible. This is the biggest obstacle, but I'm working on it and I hope I get it figured out real good at some point, but for right now I'm still learning.


Here are some side-by-sides from the start to now. The next ten will come much quicker and I can hardly wait!!!

44 comments:

C & S said...

Awesome Geri! Keep it up! YOu are an inspiration!

pigeon pie said...

Congratulations!!! You always were beautiful but now your foxy :) Keep up all your hard work and congratulations again on your dedication!

Mardi said...

So proud of you. I think we may have some of the same genes. You are my inspiration...if you can do it, so can I, right? (By the way, you are on the right track with eating healthy. No sense in depriving yourself and then going mad...been there done that. : )

Cassie said...

Good Job Geri Annie!

_kArLy[*] said...

yay! you are wonderful! maybe next week when we get together you can take some of me..i'm only down 9, but i should get there by next week, we'll see. (umm, okay i BETTER get there by next week) ;)

Christy said...

You look great! Your outfit is totally cute!
know the feeling. I gained over 50lbs after Geoff and I got married and having 2 kids didn't help me loose it. :) Over a year ago I saw our family pictures and almost had a breakdown. I couldn't believe how horribly huge I had gotten (seriously) and was determined to do something! I joined weight watchers and started walking.
Now I run in the mornings which feels great and I am down 40+. That first 10 really felt good though and kept me going.
So, now you know more about me than you wanted to probably but I just thought it would be encouraging to hear that someone else has done it too! :) I'm far from where I want to be but I feel like I've come a long way. If you wanna see my before picture check out my blog in either Oct or Nov of 2009. Those are the pictures that made me realize I needed to change. :)

Becca's Blog said...

Good job Geri! You look great.

communikate. said...

wahoo! great job lady! i'm feeling motivated to get going myself!!

Lauren said...

HOTTIE! you look fabulous dah-ling, fabulous. it's hard to commit to weight loss, you are doing so great!

Caley said...

hot dang, girl! you look gorgeous! (you always do!) that skirt is very cute! it's so exciting to be able to fit into something you love again! i'm having similar experiences! i also love the darker hair color! it's so long and beautiful! keep up the good work...you have inspired me to be better! thanks for sharing your secrets!

the h fam. said...

geri, i'm SO Proud and you look fabulous! absolutley beautiful! i'm going to need this tips come september so i can lose about 50 pounds!! so keep on sharing!!

Lucy said...

Way to go kiddo!

ashley mikell said...

yay! congrats ger! i can't wait to see you!

Steve and Nicole said...

You look awesome, that's a huge accomplishment!

The Marshalls said...

You are so beautiful! Keep it up!
and I love the skirt!!!

Aubrey said...

Way to go girl. You're awesome

Emily Meyerhoffer said...

You look adorable! You're awesome. Have fun in Idaho!

royce and aubree said...

you are just the cutest thing! way to go!

dani said...

oh my goodness geri you look so great! that skirt is so adorable..where did jason find it?!

i'm so happy for you:)

Emily said...

Geri you look fabulous! You have always been so adorable but I'm glad you are feeling better and finding a plan that works.

P.S. That skirt is fabulous! Way to go hubby for getting it for you :)

kylee said...

loookin so good my dear! so happy for you!

Battfam said...

Looking great!

Brandilyn said...

DAAANNG girl! you look good!!

Kayleen said...

you look wonderful! You're such a beautiful girl!

Aubrey said...

You r soo beautiful!! And always will be no matter what your weight! I feel the same way.. I don't diet, I just try to be healthy.. I want a healthy heart and long life. To get that I need to eat real food and exercise! What ever size I am after properly doing that, its okay because I am healthy. You really are so cute, love your style ;)

Tyrel and Brianne Garner said...

That skirt is sooooo pretty! and you look darling!

Dawn said...

Good job! keep it up!

Torrie said...

You look great! I totally feel you on the yo-yo, up-and-down thing...I don't do well with ultimatums either (like NO MORE SUGAR EVER), so it's just a matter of getting myself into overall better habits. Still a little ways to go, but I'm happy with what I see!

Thanks for your inspiring post :)

Nicole said...

awesome!!! you look amazing! keep up the great work!

lori said...

i am a new follower- found your blog through the daybook and this was the perfect post for me to read... i too, have been dieting/living a healthier lifestyle since the beginning of the year and have yo-yo'ed a lot. ive lost just over 20 lbs now (verrry slowly- but surely)

anyways, you look FABULOUS! that skirt is to die for, doesnt it feel great to wear it?!?!


http://acrazywalkonthesafeside.blogspot.com/

Jacob and Nicole said...

this is my first time visiting your blog, and I just want to say good job! and keep up the good work! You look great and I think you are really inspiring :)

The Michelle Show said...

You look FABULOUS, keep it up!

Leslie said...

Hi jumped over from the daybook I am loving your blog and am now following you =)

Good job with the weight loss!! I am also trying to lose weight. It's definitely not easy but totally worth it. You have given me more motivation to try new things and keep going!!!

Jessica said...

That's awesome! You look great :)

Savannah said...

You are too cute, I'm loving you blog. And you look absolutely fantastic!

Louise, Raspberries In Winter said...

You look gorgeous! I adore you necklaces in both the before and after photos, you have awesome taste. :)

Kel said...

Friend, I am LOVING your blog. Just found you from the Daybook and your photography is beautiful!! and your verbage is gangsta awesome! :) hahahaha. New follower for sure!

Erica said...

Hey Geri! I don't know if you remember us (the Kirbys) but I just found your blog randomly through a friend of a friend. I didn't know you were a photographer, that's awesome! Your work is beautiful! So glad to see that you guys are doing so well!

Alli said...

Giiiirl you are looking FINE! I love those side-by-side shots (especially the last ones)! Good for you!

I should follow in your footsteps. We have a wedding set for almost EXACTLY a year away and I should start being more conscious of my eating and exercise habits now. I could stand to lost 10-15 pounds..... What a role model you are!

I think it's important to not "go on a diet" but, like you said, be conscious of what you put into your body. Don't restrict yourself because of 'thin thoughts' but rather thinking about being healthier as a whole person.

Thanks for some inspiration today!

Melody said...

Good work! You look great!

carina said...

Congrats. Good for you. You look great, but you did before as well. But the important thing is that you feel good!

Torrie said...

So you don't know me and I already posted one comment on this post of yours, but...I just thought I'd let you know that you inspired me. Here's my own first 10 lbs Before/After post thanks to you!:

http://autodidacticambitions.blogspot.com/2011/08/change-it-up-beforeafter-10-lbs.html

tori lynn dickson said...

gurl, you's looking gooood!

ashley @ the 29th floor said...

You look fantastic!! Congrats! :)