I’m going to try to be brave

by kristinwood

I finished the Can You 24 workout DVD from Advocare. I did it for 24 days and I saw great results. (Wow didnt that sound just like an infomercial for weightloss products. LOL!) I dont want to sound like a pushy salesperson so I’m just going to put it out there for you…Did I see results in just 24 days? Yes. Would I have seen the same results from some other workout in that same amount of time? Maybe. Am I glad I did this? Absolutely! Why? This workout is 24 minutes for 24 days and you get to rest on the weekends or do an optional core stretch workout. It’s easy. You can workout at your level and you dont feel like you’re dead and want to eat 3 donuts when you’re done. LOL! If you want to see the results, here’s the part where I have to be brave….I’m going to post my measurements below and weight…it’s kinda scary!


2/24/14 – chest 45 inches                                                    3/19/14 – chest 44 inches                         lost 1 inch

               waist 45 inches                                                                    waist 42.5 inches                       lost 2.5 inches

               hips 46 inches                                                                     hips 45 inches                           lost 1 inch

               thigh 24 inches                                                                    thigh 24 inches                         stayed the same

               bicep 14 inches                                                                   bicep 13 inches                        lost 1 inch

               weight 213.8                                                                        weight 210                                lost 3.8 lbs 


I’m not going to lie, when I took my measurements and my “after” pictures today, I was kinda feeling let down. I am thankful for the loss but I was feeling like I wish the pictures had a huge wow factor or that the loss was really drastically obvious. But it’s not. I could take this as a moment to whine and complain and plan out a huge hit it hard plan of only eating clean and training hard for the next month buuuuut…I wont. You see this entire journey for me has been one that I wanted to maintain for the rest of my life. Can I really continue living on just whole foods for the next 60+ years? Heck no! Can I really go to the gym and “lift heavy” as so many of my inspirations refer to it? Heck no!


Here’s the deal. I’m seeing results every single day. They are not quick easy fast results but they are happening. I follow a ton of people on Facebook and Instagram that are such huuuge inspirations to me because they have lost so much weight and have toned their bodies beautifully. In one hand, they inspire me a ton but in the other hand, I am falling victim to the weight loss fiasco. I want it and I want it now. I need to continue being patient with myself and working at a pace that I can maintain. Today I went out and ran/walked/jogged 1.9 miles. It was hard and I felt like giving up and then I beat myself up for not running more of it and jogging instead. I wanted to be able to run at least a whole mile straight and I can’t. Do you know why? Because I’m still fat and out of shape and I have asthma and I’m still training my body. Did you catch that last part….STILL TRAINING MY BODY! I need to stop expecting myself to be at the same level as these fit beautiful losers. I am not there YET but I will be. I kept seeing these quotes that said stuff about not comparing your middle to someone elses end or something like that and it now rings true to me. I’m just going to keep on doing what I’ve been doing and continue to do my best. Haven’t written to myself in a while so I thought it was fitting to tell myself some things. 


Dear Kristin,

I am so proud of how far you’ve come. I am so happy for you and your ability to see the glass as half full. You are a strong, driven and beautiful woman who should be commended for losing 55 lbs thus far. When people compliment you, say “Thank you” and be proud. Do not cower and mumble something about still having a long ways to go. You are right where you’re supposed to be at this very moment. Do not get frustrated and impatient with the results and crash and burn diet and exercise. You’re in this for the long haul and it’s not going to be easy but I can assure you that it’s going to be easier than it has been. You’ve come a long way and you’re over the hump now. You know how your body works and you know how to do this. You just need patience and to continue to put forth the effort. You deserve this happy life and all that comes with it. Swimsuit season is coming up and you are going to look hotter than you have in a decade! Dont forget that! Love yourself every single day.