You would think that I would be talking about this dress that I wore August 7, 2010.. but NOPE.
Ironically, I am talking about another white dress.
A White Dress that I purchased to celebrate my 5th year Wedding Anniversary on August 7, 2015.
I was out shopping with my mom and we went through the dress section. After getting married and gaining love weight and then baby weight, I reminisced on a time in which it wasn't so hard to find something off the rack that I wanted to wear and wasn't bound to perhaps two stores.
When I got married, I got down through bridal bootcamps to a size 10. I ordered my wedding dress in a 12 and was determined NOT to pay extra for plus sizes.
I saw this dress ...
and tried it on and saw my fluffy gut and how the dress rose above my thighs because it just was not fitting right. I thought it was too pretty and used it as motivation to get myself back together! I had been on supplements and felt better than ever, but beyond getting out of my bed to go to work and walking to get lunch, I was not doing a single fitness anything.
I was off to a good start - then about day 3 or 4 where I had to get creative with the two vegetables that I was allowed to have with my protein, I got bored.
I started making stuff like Jalapeño Sweet Potatoes and sautéed Kale.
Amos was about threw with me and this diet probably after week one, but he stuck it out with me.
I had to start looking for things on the menu that I could eat that would fit within my diet.
I fell in love with this Ahi Tuna salad at Matchbox Restaurant.
I had to pick a cardio that I was supposed to do at least 5 times a week.
I decided that my cardio would be 250 reps on a weighted jumprope and a youtube fitness instructor led class. I wanted to eliminate the excuse of not being able to go to a gym.
What didn't help is that I had to host two Ice Cream Socials for Probation and Parole Week --
I HAD to cheat... I admit I have zero will power, but I made it up for it with an equally bland and super low calorie dinner.
I leaned to my friends for encouragement and motivation and would send them pictures of my food to hold me accountable... except they would send me pics like this back.
I signed up for every exercise opportunity that they offered at work.
Even tried some kind of cardio square kickboxing thing...
AND. IT. KICKED. MY. BUTT.
But after 6 weeks - I GOT IN MY DRESS!!!!
Have you ever tried a diet program or set a fitness goal that kicked your butt?!
Needless to say, I will try this again.... much later on.