Weight Loss Update {Healthy Living}

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I updated my blog, and it’s been purposeful for the most part.

This month has been crazy, but I’ve so missed writing to you all. Today I’m here to give an update on my 8-week weight loss journey.

Since January 1, 2013 (8-weeks ago), I’ve lost 13.2 pounds. That equates to about 1.65 pounds per week, which is pretty darn fantastic. In my ideal world, I would have lost 10 pounds a week and be DONE, but alas, that is now how weight loss works.

Picture: Taken 2/1/13, my first day of Turbo Fire.

I’ve been counting calories on My Fitness Pal, which is by far my most favorite and FREE way to lose weight. Feel free to friend me on there, I don’t bite.

It blows my mind that My Fitness Pal is so amazing and costs me zero money. The first 4 weeks of my weight loss, I lost about 10.2 pounds with Turbo Jam doing the advanced rotation. In February, I switched to Turbo Fire and have only lost 3 pounds. Turbo Fire is essentially Turbo Jam on crack. I’ll do more in-depth reviews of both in an upcoming post.

I never thought I’d be able to do Turbo Fire, and it’s quickly become my most favorite workout of all time. It’s so fast-paced and you never do anything for a super long time, so it moves by so quickly. Yet my weight loss has totally slowed down since I switched programs. I’d like to say I’ve kept measurements, but alas, I have not. I suck at taking measurements because I half-way suck it in, or I don’t know if I should measure between rolls or above rolls.

Complicated, I tell ya.

I did take before and after pics, and I don’t see a huge difference yet. Hmph.

As soon as I am done with this blog post, I am going to take measurements just for my sanity. My pants feel a little looser every week. It’s funny because before I started on my weight loss journey (for the 1.8 billionth time), I was like squeezing into my pants. Like, shimmying them over the hips, laying down, sucking it in, doing squats to make those suckers fit. Now, straight out of the dryer, they fit loose. Progress!

However, I am fairly certain my weight loss may go faster if I totally gave everything I had with my eating habits, but I told myself I wouldn’t force myself to be a saint knowing very well that it wouldn’t be something I could do forever. I still eat out. I still drink. I still eat sugar and carbs. But I do eat less of those things I love. I cut my restaurant portions in half. I have switched from margaritas with salt over to beer with lime. A donut is a once-every-2-weeks treat rather than a 2-3 times a week occurrence. Moderation is the name of my game. I also don’t eat 1200 calories a day…I eat closer to 1700-2000. I know if I cut out all those things, I probably would have lost more weight by now. But I’d also be very grumpy and ready to cave at any second.

So, 13.2 pounds down, about another 85-90 pounds to go. This is going to take awhile, and maybe that is the most discouraging part on any given day. The fact that although 8 weeks have passed, I probably have another 60, 70 or 80 weeks until I reach my goal. But if I stop now, eventually that time will pass, and then I’d have to start over again.

I’m not going to let that happen. I look forward to week-9 because it brings me my 28th birthday next Friday, March 8. One of my 30 before 30 goals is to finally be at a healthy weight. I think I’m going to get there this time.

Hope you’ll stick along with me on these pages for the ride.

The next few posts will be about some awesome fitness headbands (see photo below), a cool desk I made, and maybe I’ll finally finish the damn master bedroom makeover and take photos.


Picture: Taken 2/20/13, after 20 days of Turbo Fire.



  1. Amy
    February 28, 2013 / 4:51 pm

    You're doing great, Monica!! Don't try to think too much about the big picture yet…at least for me, it really helped me to break it up into 10-15 lb. increments. Also, take LOTS of progress pictures. Trust me, you won't really see how much your body has changed until you compare pictures. It's awesome!

  2. Cindy Villagran
    February 28, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Girl….you're awesome! Great job and keep up the good work :)You have inspired me to keep up with MyFitnessPal and actually start logging stuff in. The first step is always the hardest, [email protected]

  3. Andrea Peterson
    February 28, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    That is so awesome!!!! I like the approach to keeping it real with food too… I think too much dieting/restriction is what fails so many people (myself included). Keep it up, it will be so worth it… thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Jen
    February 28, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    I friended you on MFP… I've been slacking off, but I need to get back into it. Thanks for the motivation 🙂 Btw, I'm Rosegaliana on there.

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  6. sam bruce
    March 3, 2013 / 1:25 pm

    congrats, losing weight is not easy more especially 1.65 lbs per wk. Good job, keep it up. I hope you make it to your goal on your birthday!

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    August 27, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    Hope you are doing well on your goals!

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