So we’re three weeks into the challenge, and I have to say, even as a veteran challenger, I’m surprising myself. I always forget how little it takes to slow my body down. I didn’t expect very drastic results coming in. I thought I’d clean up, detox the impurities of vacation, maybe lose a few pounds by the end, but I was mainly looking forward to getting back to the water, sleep, and mobility. I have to say though, I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s three weeks into the challenge, and Just like last time, I’m averaging a loss of about 2 lbs a week. That’s right, I’ve already lost 6 lbs! I have been losing weight since the last challenge (and it’s NOT from lack of eating!) , but summer drinks, and healthy but somewhat out-of-my-control food (staying grain/dairy free but not sure about every ingredient, sugar, meat sources ….OK and maybe a gluten-free dessert) on vacation, kept me more slowly losing or maintaining. I haven’t yet reached a point where I’ve gained anything.
Anyway, there are these pants I own. Keep in mind, I’m not even considering that I’m fitting into a size 7 (in Junior’s department jeans) now, which has NEVER happened before. Regardless, there was this pair of Lucky jeans that were my favorite jeans, and I hadn’t fit into them for two or three years. Even when I did fit into them, they were always a little snug, they just fit. They weren’t the type of jeans that were like “Oooh these are super comfy” but they looked great and were comfortable enough. I remember when I started this journey, it was a goal of mine to fit into them again. I remember during the summer when that happened, when each time I would try them on, the button would get closer to the button-hole. It was exciting. I don’t care that the jeans I’m buying now are a size smaller than the smallest I had ever been. It doesn’t matter that I’m a size smaller than I wore back when I lost weight by starving my body of nutrients and calories, or that I’m very close to the weight I was, but this time I have oodles of healthy muscles underneath. Not even paying attention to the fact that I’m a billion times healthier than I was, back when the scale number, irrelevant as it may be, dictated how I felt about myself. Those are all awesome, awesome things. But it’s more than that. Maybe it’s on a superficial level, the fact that my “these make me look awesome” jeans are getting loose on me… but ….it’s a small personal victory. Though, It’s still even more than that . It’s this wonderful validation that THIS path, this delicious, real food filled, health conscious journey, is amazingly, perfectly right.