Did Snack Girl Lose 10 Pounds?

July 30, 2010   13 Comments

Three months has gone by since I wrote this post: Snack Girl Challenge. How did I do?

Did Snack Girl Lose 10 Pounds?

Well, I bought a house, moved, and my aunt died on Monday of cancer. At the same time, I worked, cleaned, parented, and cried.

I lost 3 pounds and 3 inches around my waist. These are the measures that I chose at the beginning of the challenge (weight and inches). So by those measures I failed.

When you fail, you always learn something about yourself.

Some things I learned:

  • The scale doesn't matter. Many advised me to toss the scale and I have begun to believe they are right. There are better measures of success.
  • Measure other parts of your body than your waist. Some other parts of me that I won't mention here (my butt) got smaller and I hadn't measured their luxurious dimensions.
  • Choose one thing that you want to change and try it for a month. Three months and many bad habits to change is TOO tough to focus on.
  • Feeling better will lead you to repeat your new behavior.

My new healthy habit is exercising with a Jillian Micheals' DVD and it has made a HUGE difference in how I feel. I also cut down on drinking beer, which made me feel good too (less sleepy).

FINALLY, I learned that getting healthy isn't a sprint. The tortoise photo is to remind me that if I lost 10 pounds in 10 months that would be fine too. It doesn't matter when I get there as long as I keep trying.

My family is trying to raise money to plant a tree in honor of my aunt. If any of you love trees, or want to give away money to a very sweet memorial for an amazing someone you didn't know - check this out: Ann's Tree

PS - I just decided that I check in every month with the results of my MONTHLY challenge. Look for the tortoise shot and I want to hear from you.

Please share what you have learned in the last 3 months.

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Um, 3 inches around your waist is NOT failure!!! Well done you!

Oh sweetie I am so sorry to hear about your aunt!

My condolences...

And I think the tortoise is an appropriate reminder that what we aim to do is a lifestyle change, not something you accomplish overnight and then it is done.

Good luck with your continued success and here's hoping mine will also go on!


When I am trying to loose (which is most of the time) that I loose inches before I loose pounds. I have noticed that it is very hard to loose the pounds but the exercise makes me feel better and I do seem to loose the inches. I'm glad to know to strive for 1 mo at a time.

Hey Heidi, I knew the word failure would spark controversy - actually I am proud of myself. Thanks for the love! Lisa

Awww, I'm sad that it's the last post on this. I was enjoying this challenge! I think the tree in honor of your aunt is a great way to keep her memory.

As for the results of the challenge, I haven't done my weekly weigh-in and measure (that's tomorrow), but so far, I've lost 4 lbs, and an inch in my waist. Not 10 lbs, so I failed on that one. But I too am learning! I only really started to change up things halfway into the challenge - and Jillian Michaels has been a big part of that. I owe you a big THANK YOU for that. I've lost almost 3 inches in my hips, so that's great - and over an inch in my thighs. I'm coming up on a month of serious Jillian Michaels workouts and upping my protein intake, and it's making a difference. And I agree - it's not a sprint. It's those lifestyle changes - the sustainable ones - that can make the long-term difference!

My condolences regarding your aunt.

And please know that you haven't failed because you have made a conscious effort to live more healthfully, which is a good thing. On top of that, you've lost inches and pounds, so kudos to you.

I'm really sorry to hear about your aunt. Many prayers coming for you and your family.

Just wanted to let you know that I understand your struggle. I'm losing weight myself via Weight Watchers. If you'd told me that it would take two years to lose 70 pounds, I'd probably have given up before I started. But you have to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. I'm not to my goal weight as fast as I would have liked, BUT I'm healthier and fitter than I've been in my entire life and that's fabulous.

I'm also a Jillian M fan! She's awesome.

Keep up the good work. I just started on my journey for about the 100th time. Your tortise challenge is what makes me want to try again! Thanks for the motivation

I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. But on a brighter note it sounds like you are making strides in the right direction. I started on my new goal 1/1/10 and over the last 7 months I learned, for myself at least, that the losing is a slow process but extremely rewarding. Today I'm wearing my jeans and they feel better now then they did before I had my son! That is an accomplishment for me. I've lost 17 pounds and have 3 more to get to my goal of 130. It feels so good to be so close. Keep it up Snack Girl!

A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat, it just takes less space. 3 inches is a lot! Don't worry about the weight. You're toning up and will be much healthier than if you had just lost weight without exercising. I'm down 3lbs officially on WW. I was down 5 ... but then I went to the fair last week! I just can't say no to fair food since I only go once a year. But I'm back on track this week. Shoot for smaller goals and you'll feel so empowered once you meet each one.

I am so sorry to hear of your family's loss.

What have I learned in the past three months????? Ohhhh so many things.

1. that this weight is coming off at true tortoise speed.

2. that I love compliments.

3. that I love food really...i love it.

4. it all begins in the mind. I have not had a Mountain Dew since 1996!I decided to give them up after college and have not looked back. Now if I could just do that with several other foods and drinks.

and 5....I WILL NOT GIVE UP !!!!!

Anytime you make healthy food and exercise choices you're a winner wheather you lose weight or not!

I forget what my original goal was (and I'm too preoccupied right now to go back and check) but I made it and then some. But those 10 or 15 or whatever pounds were just a drop in the total weight I need to lose to get down to around a healthy BMI. For that task, the things I learned in this challenge will continue to help me reach my over all goal. And whether it happens at 1 pound a week or 1 a month it's still a win.

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost 2 cousins this year.

You should be very proud of your progress and of your amazing blog! I love this food blog and can't wait to make the kale chips. I have 15 lbs to lose and it's been a struggle. I am going to try to cut out some bad habits as much as I can, like drinking beer and too many carbs overall.

Take care!! :)

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