one year later

Today is my one year anniversary with Rick. One year ago today I had a near panic-attack when Rick, my newly-hired personal trainer, asked me to weigh-in and take my body fat and BMI measurements. I managed to pull myself together and jump on his 'i-don't-want-to-hear-any-complaints-just-go-ahead-and-do-it-and-don't-you-dare-waste-my-time-i-think-you-just-cheated-on-that-so-we'll-do-four-more-reps-just-to-make-sure-you-know-what-you're-doing-and-please-don't-tell-me-about-your-life-i'm-just-here-to-make-you-thin-not-to-be-your-friend' train. And life has never been the same.

After a year of enduring burn-out workouts and weight watchers, I'd like to give a couple of shout-outs to some awesome folks:

Josh: you sweet, sweet man. You have listened to me complain about workouts, count weight-watchers points, stress over calorie content and let me fall asleep mid date-night after a hard workout. You have tried crazy vegan recipes, supported my brief 2-a-day workouts and let me buy songs on Itunes for countless workout playlists. You've been my biggest cheerleader, supportive coach and patient friend. I could not have come this far without you!

Dad: my financial backer. Let's be honest: working out ain't cheap! Thanks for the birthday money last year---I couldn't have gotten a personal trainer without it! You helped me jump start a lifestyle that I thought was out of my league. Thanks for the encouragement, motivation and for answering my million questions about sore muscles, nutrition and strength training.

My YL Girls: you have tried some of the worst recipes known to man in my attempt to make healthy sweets for women's fellowship. You've let me come to the caf for lunch in workout clothes...and still acknowledge me. You've even hugged me when I've been really sweaty at the gym (true friends!) You've run, cycled, walked and zumba-ed with me. You have encouraged me when I needed it the most. Thanks for always being there with me!

Rick, the PT: You crazy man. I am certain of two things: 1) you pushed me harder and more consistently than any coach or workout partner I've ever had and 2) i never could have come this far without a workout plan that was perfectly tailored for me. Thanks for being available even after our paid sessions were up. You've continued to challenge me and give me advice on new techniques. I really indebted to you!

Maury and Taylor: dear weight watchers girls. Thanks for being so honest about WW. It gave me the courage to try it myself. Thanks for answering my million questions about points and recipes and for ordering with me at restaurants (i need this on the side, steamed not fried, veggies not chips, etc).

So now to the fun/shocking part of the post......the before and after photos:
(sorry for the awkwardness, i was pointing at a sign in the first photo and trying to re-create the moment in the second photo)

I've lost:
51.4 pounds
8% body fat
6.6 points on BMI
40.25 inches*
(*arms, chest, waist, hips, thighs)

I don't know if I should be excited or embarrassed that I lost that amount! I never would've thought that I had 50 pounds to lose. I mean, I obviously needed to lose weight (I'm not a total moron!) its just that I didn't think I'd let myself go that far. Josh and I were happy. Really happy. We ate out a lot and I didn't really exercise that much. And the pounds started creeping on. But I didn't notice, because I was happy (and too busy picking out where we were going to eat dinner....mexican or japanese?) I recently told Maury that at least my weight-gain was 'happy pounds'....I really did enjoy every ice-cream sundae, bowl of nachos and beer.

And then I saw that rediculous picture of me from the Virginia Creeper Trail (the 'before' picture above.) I shed a few tears, pleaded with God and hired a trainer. And the rest is history. A very sweaty, exhausting, fat-blasting history.

So. Now here I am...goal weight and all. So what's next? I'm still going to keep up with my 'diet' which has morphed into full-fledged lazy-vegan lifestyle. I'm enjoying it a lot more than I thought and still splurging on the occasional piece of cheese. I'm going to try and strength train 2-3 times a week and fit some cardio in every day. So there....its out there for all the internet world to see (or the 4 people that read this blog). I'm going to try and maintain this lifestyle. Invite me to a 5k, send me a recipe or join me at the YMCA....I'd love the company (and the accountability!)

So here's to another year of being happy and healthy. Cheers!


Schweppe said...

Yahoooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! Words escape me- so proud of and inspired by you my friend! Oh my gosh, your pictures! Those numbers! Zut alors!!!

lesliesloan said...

HOLY MOLY. You look awesome. Way to go! Love you. Love your husband. Love y'all! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of you! You look amazing and you've given me a lot of inspiration to keep going... even if it takes years! I'm determined to look better in my 30s than I did in my 20s.

Love you! Maury

robin said...

ok. you've inspired me to go work out. or at least stop eating these Doritos.

WAY TO GO BLAIR! You look amazing! It's also encouraging to hear that you love your new lifestyle.

Lacey said...

so so SO FREAKING PROUD OF YOU!!! you look super delicious.

chelsea said...

in the words of justin timberlake (and one of my favorite work out songs)...damn girl. you're so hot.

i'm seriously prouder of you right now than i've ever been of any of my friends.

and since you asked, let's sign up for a tri soon!

congratulations love!

Dixie said...

I've always admired and respected you, Blair. But you are truly an inspiration . . . you should be so proud of yourself. You are so beautiful . . . inside and out!!

Sunday Grant said...

blair, oh my goodness!!!
How in the world did i miss this post. josh just told worth about it so i had to come look. congratulations. i am really proud of you. it is not so good for a pregnant girl to read this though, i want to go loose weight and that is the opposite of what i should be doing, you know for the baby and all! i will be calling you after this baby is out for inspiration!!

Anonymous said...

Blair! I am so impressed and inspired! I am Biz's friend from Raleigh and I always hear about Josh and Blair...I hope to one day meet you. I just started back on good ol' WW today after having a baby on 9.24.09...hoping I will be successful as well. :) You are awesome! :) Joanna...or as Daniel and Anna call me...Aunt Go

Mountains, snow and sweet little toes said...

BLAIR! Christa Anderson here. Stumbled on your blog via the Sloans. WAY...TO...GO...I am so impressed! You looked amazing before and you look even more amazing now. Seriously, way to go! Tell Josh hello and you guys come ski in Park City! Blessings!

Peacock Photography said...

OH MY GOSH. I could tell you were looking thinner....but HOLY COW! That's AWESOME! I'm so proud of you!!

I can't believe how far behind I am on your blog for some reason....yikes. Sorry I didn't mention anything on the phone the other day....I didn't even realize what you had accomplished!!

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