Last week, on the beach.

MILESTONE: 50

Last week, on the beach.
Last week, on the beach.

I can’t believe I’m writing about this.

When I decided to write this blog publicly, I decided that it would be about fitness and health, and not exclusively about my weight loss, which I try not to bring to the forefront of these sorts of conversations (it is a humility thing, and I don’t necessarily like to draw attention to THAT).

But, this week I am celebrating, and I really can’t help but want to share this excitement.

As of Friday, I am officially down 50.8 pounds, and I can hardly believe it. Back in November when I began this journey, I never would have guessed that seven months later I would be here. Sometimes, it feels like it’s taken forever, but I guess we know that this is something that you fight slow and surely, not quickly, with higher burn-out chances.

For your visual pleasure, here are some before photos, and some in-progress photos. I reckon it will still be a while before we have some after images….

In Madrid, November 2010.
In Madrid, November 2010.
On Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, November 2010.
On Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, November 2010.
Rafting, August 2010
Rafting, August 2010
My darling dear Kim and I, June 2011
My darling dear Kim and me, June 2011
My darling Ron and me, June 2011
My darling Ron and me, June 2011
At Ocean Shores, June 2011
At Ocean Shores, June 2011
You can really only see my butt, but I still like the photo....
You can really only see my butt, but I still like the photo....

Now, let’s talk about fitness.

I bow my head in shame because I have not joined the Crossfit near my family’s home. I couldn’t get myself to do it, and I fear of losing muscle mass and completely sabotaging my efforts.

What I can say is that I’ve been back in Portland for about a month now (and have lost about 8 or 9 pounds in that time), and I have not neglected exercise. I work out almost every day. On slow days, I will either do circuit training on-demand, or I will use my mom’s elliptical (like I ever thought I would say that). Even though I’m really not a fan of the elliptical, it’s actually helping me achieve some of my non-scale fitness goals. Remember how I said I wanted to become a better runner? Well, even though the elliptical is a lot lower impact than actual running, it is definitely helping my endurance outside. Last week, I walked up to Sellwood (the day the train photo was taken), which is 1.7 miles from my home. I ran for a bit more than half of it. Granted, a good portion of it was downhill, but it was really good practice, and I felt great.

On really good days, I’ll get in a workout, and then get to go frolic around a park (or the Eastbank Esplanade AND the Westside Waterfront!). It’s on a super-secret longlist of summer things to do to use my bike more, too.

If I’m at the beach (like I was this weekend), I’ve been able to get in at least 90 minutes of walking and frolicking in the sand, which always makes it more fun.

To put it in a nutshell, exercising has become a lot less of a drag than it used to be. I’ve started to enjoy being outside, and I’m not afraid to do some of the things that I used to be afraid of. Walking to Sellwood last year? Pshaw. I would have either hopped a bus, or walked one way, and then begged my mom to come pick me up and take me home.

This weekend at the beach, I noticed that I didn’t get winded climbing the sand dunes back to the exit trail. I’m doing things that normal people can do, and I’m thinking that it’s worth giving up a few beers or deep-fried apps for.

While 50 pounds (okay, 50.8) is a milestone accomplishment, it’s good to remember that it really is just another small step toward a much bigger (err…slimmer?) goal, and the celebration won’t stop here.

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Danielle

Exuberant photographer, artist, writer, designer, wannabe chef, and Crossfitter.

6 thoughts on “MILESTONE: 50”

  1. I’m so proud of you DK! I need you to infuse all of your passion and excitement into ME. I’m not ready for something like CrossFit but maybe Weight Watchers. Perhaps you could write about specifically about the WW aspect of your health? Or maybe you already have – I’ll scan more posts. You GO GIRL!

    1. I know this is coming late, but I’ll try to incorporate a little bit more about WW in the coming week. It’s something I sort of chose not to talk about too much, but I think the combo of WW with the Crossfit-style workouts has been the magic key here. 🙂

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