Sunday, June 3, 2012

7 Month Check Up

It has been 7 months...7 months. We arrived at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge in Malibu on November 27, 2011. I will never forget how scared and yet how excited I was to be there. I had left my two sons and my husband, to make a change...FOREVER. I knew that it was not going to be a miracle. But I did actually think I could set a goal, 20 lbs in 2 weeks. Boy was I wrong on that one. It wasn't going to be a miracle and after 2 weeks I had lost 9.6 lbs and just over 5 inches. Not a bad start, but my journey was just in its baby steps. 

This past week I finally reached some new goals. I PR'd on the treadmill at 10.5 for about 25 seconds, I am so close to officially hitting the 60 lb mark. Michael, my trainer, also remeasured me, in 2 months I have lost another 10 inches from my body, 2.25 from my ass!!! (Total since the resort approximately 20+/-). But my biggest success is jumping back on this wagon. Back in January, I had officially fallen off. I didn't gain anything, but I wasn't losing. It happened again in March and every single time I went back to my basic goals that I had set at the resort. 3--1 hour workouts a week and 1600 calories a day tracked with MyFitnessPal, oh and I wear my Body Media Fit armband EVERYDAY. 

So it was time to look at pictures again, I remembered that my wonderful BLR friend Heather  (check out her blog here) had some pictures from BLR on our very first hike. I needed to know what I looked like. So she sent me the photos and I have to say I am shocked. Shocked not because I look so much different, but because I didn't know that I looked that unhealthy, let's be honest...I didn't know I was FAT! How did I not know it. Maybe I did, but clearly didn't care, or maybe I didn't want to believe it, but now here I am looking and comparing my before to my now. I am not done. My first major goal is to hit 199. I have about 24 lbs. until that goal is a reality. I will keep doing what I have been doing, I will be running my second half marathon on July 29, the SF Marathon. And I will continue to see Michael once a week and take his spin class every Wednesday. When I reach my final goal, not exactly sure what that is maybe 180, I want to spend one more week at Fitness Ridge. I want  to go back to where I began. I want to remind myself that there is officially an athlete inside of me and that making these changes in my life are the most important thing I can do for myself. Along with the support of my trainer and my family and my friends, I know I can do this. 

And to my partner in crime, Betty, I cannot wait for you to run your first half together in November!

Are you ready...I sure wasn't, but here I am in all my glory.

Today and 7 months ago, wearing the EXACT same clothes.

Thanks Ryan for the side-by-side edit!


  1. Love the side by side! You look GREAT! Keep up the awsome job! And I am soooooo glad that your feet grew back! Lol! (Check Ryans crop job!).....gotta love husbands! ;)

  2. Such a great inspiration to everyone to not give up on being healthy and reaching any goal.

  3. Looking great, Cara!!!! Keep it up!!!!!!! Connie McCrary

  4. The side by side is crazy!! It's so awesome you're doing this Cara!! I'm so stoked for you!! Pete H

  5. HOLY CRAP!!! Look at your freaking hips! They are shrinking away! I said it once and I will say it again, you have the same exact body type as Olivia Ward from my season and I see your body changing in the same way hers did! Woohoo!!! You are hot, but more importantly, you are AMAZING and you are really doing it! I am so impressed and inspired by you and Betty. Love to you both!!

  6. You are doing a fantastic job! I admire your perseverance. Every time I even think about losing weight the work that's involved just depresses me. It is hard to even focus on trying to eat well when I have to cook for 3 other people in the house, and hard to find time to exercise when everyone needs me, or thinks I need to be there. Keep it up! It is totally worth it!