Is it really the LAST WEEK?!

27 Mar

Today wraps up Week 11 on my 12-Week Diet. I can’t believe it — only one more week left. 11’s not a very big number, but it sure has seemed like a long road at some points. But, I also found that getting the initial momentum going was my biggest challenge, and once I passed that “hump”, it has gotten easier to keep it up. If I find myself regressing, I look at my inspiration picture (taped conspicuously to my kitchen cabinets), go to the bodybuilding forums, read my Muscle & Fitness, or talk to other people that love nutrition and fitness. A great workout or a new clean recipe also helps. This whole thing has been a learning experience, and one thing I’ve learned is that the motivation is out there waiting for you to grab it!

There’s been a lot of question about what I’m going to do after the 12 weeks is up. It’s a big question, and one that I’ve thought about a lot. Actually, I’ve been thinking about it even before I started the diet.

There were a two primary reasons I did this diet:

(1) I was sick of whining all the time, wishing I looked a certain way. The worst part was that I knew I could look the way I wanted, but never acted on it. I felt like a “poser” and I hated that.

(2) I wanted to do something that would launch me into a good, clean eating lifestyle that was consistent. To replace bad habits with good ones, you have to practice the good habits over and over again. I believed the diet would start that process of conditioning my self-discipline.

So following Week 12, I will set more short-term goals and longer-term goals for myself and continue to reach them and write about them. I’ll still post progress pictures because I plan on building more muscle, getting leaner and more toned.  There’s no secret Greg and I want to have kids soon, and I am determined — and I mean d.e.t.e.r.m.i.n.e.d — to be the fittest mom on the planet! So, yeah, I’ll give myself a little more leeway in my food choices as I practice more of a maintenance diet, but I am not going back to pre-January 10, 2010. I’m just having too much fun now to ever go back.


*Watch me do it*

P.S. – I added another picture from February 1, 2010 that I found. I was standing outside in the backyard in 30 degree weather in the snow with pants and a sports bra. Brrrr!


2 Responses to “Is it really the LAST WEEK?!”

  1. Angelika March 29, 2010 at 5:47 AM #

    I can’t comment in your post about wine for some reason, so that’s why I’m commenting it here…. I hear you about the wine!! It has sabotaged my efforts many a time by making me more relaxed about food. And it is true that drinking a glass makes you want to reach for snacks. I find if I’m watching a movie and having a glass of wine I need to have something to snack on, otherwise I will be falling asleep in 5 mins!
    That bit aside, I think you have accomplished marvellous results! Kudos to you!

    • Stephanie March 29, 2010 at 8:34 AM #

      Hi Angelika – Thanks! Glad to hear someone else has the same issue — it’s too bad too because I do love a nice glass of wine. But it’s happened so many times, I know that it’s one of those things that I really may not be able to control. So on the “cheat” list it goes and I’ll just enjoy it a lot less frequently.

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