Progress report

I thought I’d update on not only dh’s progress, but my own.

Dh – down at least 75 pounds since he started at the end of July 2011. His measurements are great. He is down into a size 44-46 in pants (as opposed to a 56+” waist), and back down into a XXL shirt (instead of stretching out a 3XL). He can now toss hay into the hay loft like a machine, instead of struggling to get it in. He started working from home, so hopefully he’ll see some new improvements both in physical fitness and physique. He’s been at a plateau for almost 2 months (but he also had pneumonia for nearly 2 months, so I think he needs to give himself some slack).

For me, I started out just doing this to get healthier – no joint pain, reduced fatigue, and maybe some strength gains focusing on my core. I had absolutely no weight/physique goals at all. I knew I would see some weight loss, but only expected about 10-15. After I had the baby, I was at a 14 (also getting there pre-pregnancy). Within a few weeks, I was down into a 12. A couple of months after that, I noticed that 10s fit nicely. Then, several months after that, I saw that they were getting too big, so I went to Goodwill to get some size 8s. That didn’t last long, however, and I’ve been in size 6s and some 4s for almost a month now. I haven’t seen those sizes since middle school. I’ve lost 25 pounds. I might lose another 5-10, but I’m not trying to, and if I don’t, I don’t care. I am able to do a chinup now on the pullup bar. Sometimes I can squeeze in 2, almost 3. This is huge for me. I also climbed a real tree for the first time about a month ago. My exercise is still somewhat inconsistent because of the baby, but I enjoy doing little bursts of 10-15 minutes here and there. My biggest issue is continuing to stay off of sugar, which is when I noticed going down into the 6s, and also dialing in my sleep because if I don’t, I’m just hosed for 2-3 days.

The boys are doing great. The big boys act like they’re getting ready to go through a growth spurt. J3 is actually starting to get a little chubby, so we cut him back slightly on his breakfast and snacks. He wasn’t happy that he wasn’t getting the same as the big bubs, but he’s fine now and isn’t acting hungry, so I think we made a good choice with him. P is now 7 months, and he started to eat sweet potatoes the day before he turned 7 months. He is really enjoying the solids. I’m a little sad. I had hoped he would wait a little longer like the big brothers, but he’s still within the range of normal. I think I’m going to try egg yolks today or tomorrow for him.

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