29 December 2014

Weight Loss for Sav

Hello, friends:) 

***Don't forget about my GIVEAWAY! Check it out HERE:) Deadline is December 31st at 11:59pm EST! Anyone can enter:)

First..... let me begin with some thanksgiving! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all of your love and support on Facebook!!! I literally didn't expect to read or see so many of you liking and commenting on my photo! 
Not sure if you can see it in this photo--- but 325 people have liked my pic! THANK YOU

And honestly, I didn't even want to post these pics! I hate admitting that I was "fat"! I hate that I let this last year of trial and depression get to me... well, some of that excess weight was from that. 

Several of you have asked how I've lost the weight, what program I'm on, etc. so I've decided to create a blog post explaining what I've done the past 6 months. ***NOTE: This is not a fancy program or anything special! It's worked for me, and I pray it might work for someone else;) 

I actually wrote a bit about this journey on my deep{er} reflections post HERE

So what did Sav do to lose this weight: 

  1. I wrote out a goal. That's the first thing I did because I am a list and goal maker. If I don't write it out, I won't do it.
  2. I joined the gym... well, that's not true. I joined the gym a year BEFORE I got serious! LOL! 
  3. I hired a trainer-- I love my trainer! He's so nice and really works with me (i.e. injuries, headaches) yet he still pushes me. I recommend hiring a trainer! He keeps me accountable because he is at the gym daily and would see if I was working out or not.
  4. I started eating healthier. I am lucky that my trainer is also a nutritionist. He helped me look at what I eat, how much I eat, when I eat, etc. He gave me lots of good tips to help me with my weight issue (i.e. I should only eat red meat once a week, same for potatoes, etc). 
That's really it. But let me give you more details of the progress of my weight loss (***NOTE: with each step of my progress, I continued with the previous step)
  • July- I bought about 5 water bottles. I keep one full of ice water. It's always with me and I try to drink at least 8 cups of water a day.
  • July- August (beginning of Sept)- I worked out 6 days a week (usually 30-60 minutes of running on the Arc and then 30-45 minutes of circuit training), one day with my trainer. I didn't worry about what I was eating because I was working on my muscles and metabolism. Sounds weird, but I really didn't watch what I was eating during these 2 months.
  • In August, I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app (THANKSChase for telling me about it!). This is FAB! My trainer told me how many calories I should eat and this program helps me scan food for each meal and counts my calories. ***NOTE: Counting my calories doesn't mean I can't have sweets or pizza! I can still have these foods, but I watch the portion I'm eating because this program really helps me see the "size" I'm allowed to have. I also started buying fresh fruit and more veggies. I eat so many salads! LOL! 
  • In September, I got a digital food scale to start weighing my food in ounces and grams. THANKS, Lori-- she actually got it for me! 
  • November 14th- I hurt my ankle while running on the Arc. Since then, I've been on strict orders for complete immobilization--- that means that I've only been able to watch my calorie intake. And even while doing this, I've lost 10 lbs in a month. 
My goal for this weight loss was to do it in a HEALTHY way. I didn't want to join a program where I can't have bread or where I only eat 10 grapes for lunch. I didn't want to lose a ton of weight quickly because I want this weight to come off and STAY off! LOL! 
 Not my favorite photos, but I wanted to show you several photos from the months... After working out, I would send Trav a selfie. He's been so sweet as I've been working out and losing weight. His encouragement is what got me through all those workouts;)  
Sometimes I would smile...
Sometimes I wouldn't! Esp if Tony (my trainer) killed me that day! LOL! 
Sooooooooooo.... that's how I've done it. I am hoping to be more active in 2015... starting in February once I get this boot off! LOL! 

My goal is to lose 10 more pounds- this would bring me to my wedding weight and the weight at which I was in a modeling troupe in college 12 years ago! LOL! And the biggest thing for me, my goal for the rest of my life, is that I want to just stay active. I like the weight I'm at right now... minus the fact that NONE of my clothes fit! I really do need to go shopping:) 

I hope that this post makes sense! I pray that this post will inspire some of you to join me on this weight loss journey! 

If you have questions or comments, leave them below! I'd love to hear from you:) 

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your love and encouragement on Facebook  Be blessed:) 



June K said...

Thank you for sharing. So inspirational as I focus on my 2015 goals.

Virginia Lu said...

Thanks for taking the time to share how you do it! I am glad that the trainer-supervised exercise and diet work simultaneously for you. Really, this is the healthiest way to weight loss! (I need to get active, too!) Way to go, Sav! Wish you and Trav a happy and healthy 2015!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Congratulations, Sav! You have such a level head on your shoulders and used a practical approach to get you to this successful place in your journey! You are indeed a wonderful inspiration!! Happy New Year!! Hugs, Darnell

Jenny said...

What an inspiration you are! I work out and try to eat healthy but the holidays always do me in. Keep up the good work Savannah! Hugs, Jenny

Anonymous said...

Savannah I am so happy for you. You are a beautiful person inside AND out. :) Melissa

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Good for you my friend!! Sooooooooo proud of you!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sav,

Just seeing your photos on FB has inspired me to go ahead and start exercising more. I've been putting it off and gaining weight that I don't want and I think if I control my food intake and use my treadmill and vibration machine I will be on my way to a thinner, heathier me. Love you! Dee H.

Indy said...

I'm so proud of you! I love hearing about "real" people who have found a way to lose weight in a healthy manner! I need to lose 30 pounds...and I'm thinking the trainer/gym is where I need to be. I'm getting nowhere with trying to exercise at home...thanks for sharing your experience. May 2015 be the year I finally get my weight/health back!

Miriam Prantner said...

So impressed! Keep at it you are doing great!

ValByDesign, Valerie said...

This is FANTASTIC, Savannah! It's hard work, but SO worth it! I, too, started the same journey back in March, and I've lost 30 pounds, which was my goal! I haven't looked or felt this good since I started having my 4 kids 17 years ago. I also starte a page on my blog to write about my journey, but I haven't finished it yet. Congratulations to you, and I'm so proud of you!

Michelle said...

Congratulations! You look fabulous.
Thank you for sharing this post. I found it truly inspiring.
Great tips too!
Happy New Year.

Lisa said...

WAY TO GO Sav!!! You look fantastic, my hat is off to you for all of your hard work. Happy New Year ;)

Fairy Lora said...

Lovely cards and tags hun! Happy New Year!!! xxx

Larissa Heskett said...

SUPER HAPPY and Proud of you SAV!!! =) You ROCK and I LOVE the Selfies!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)