So My Very Best Friends Think I’m Crazy *Now with an Update!*

6 06 2010

And maybe they are right.  I try very hard to fit exercise in every day.  This past weekend I was invited to a girl’s weekend at one of my best friends’ trailer and nearly all of my very best friends were there.  Friday morning I had to pack and finish laundry but knowing I’d be drinking beer all weekend, I wanted to ensure I got a solid workout before I went.

I set out on my bike and decided I would set a goal of creating a best time for the 7.7 km loop by my house.  Now I’m not fast at running or cycling by any means, but I do know that every time I go out, I try to beat my last time.

So I biked like hell, despite my bird feeling numb and sore about 15 minutes in.  I knew it was the result of the 17.38 km cycle from the other day, so I persevered, determined to do the route in less than 24 minutes.

And I did: 22:56.

I drove to the trailer, stopping along the way to visit another friend I hadn’t seen in about a year.  Once at the trailer (4 hours later!), we were soon into the beers and the girls were really forthcoming in telling me how much my hard work is paying off.  I don’t like talking about it and so I find it hard to just say thank you without getting really uncomfortable and stuff. I need to get better at that.

We played poker and the snacks were there but I didn’t touch anything but my drinks.  One of the girls told me the next day how astounded she was at my willpower to not touch any of it.  I dunno.  Beers have tons of calories and I’m sure I drank way more than I should have but these weekends are only every few months and it’s been at least that long since I let loose.

no makeup FTW!

You gotta live.

We had a really fun night and crashed hard.  The next morning we sat around a little over coffee, tea and breakfast and I felt restless.  I’m used to having some exercise-y crap planned and I was bursting with energy to do something.  We walked around the nearby zoo/park thing and then went into town for dinner groceries and snacks galore.  When we got back everyone wanted to snack for a bit from about 2:30 but I wasn’t at all hungry so I quietly changed into my running clothes and asked if anyone wanted to come.  I didn’t want to call attention to myself but I didn’t want to just run off either so it was another uncomfortable moment (for me, not them I think) but in the end I think everyone was cool with me doing my own thing.

The place where we were at was very hilly.  VERY. VERY. HILLY.

The hills were flipping huge.  Look:

Yeah.  I ran using the EI10K (Ease into 10 Km), feeling powerful as I conquered hill after hill and then feeling the rush of a quicker downhill run as I crept to the top and ran fast down.  I felt so free and there was no one around – just me, my iphone and nature.  Oh and a pink toilet at the side of the road.  Yanno, just in case.

I ran about 6 km, maybe 6.5 – I wasn’t tracking distance because I wanted the prompts of the EI10K computer dude so I’d know my time – somehow the computer dude telling me I have 5 or 2 or 1 minute to go keeps me going strong.

When I returned, one of the girls snapped a picture and I thought that maybe now is a good a time as any to share my progress from March 2010 to now. These were from yesterday:

I should have stood up straighter maybe!  Mah boobies are disappearing.

i have a waist now!

mah butt is disappearing!

The pants I’m wearing in the before picture (below) don’t fit anymore – I’m in a medium pant now – about a 10-12 from a 14-16 or XL.  My weight has gone from 191 to 172 since the end of March (11 weeks ago) and I can see some big differences and other times I still see that fat chick.  It’s kinda freaking me out.

And now for the horrid before pictures:

UPDATE: I found a picture of me at 220 pounds (my heaviest) back in 2006:

UGH.

Then there’s this from 11 weeks ago – 191 pounds.

BEFORE

Before: sad indeed.

And to compare that same purple shirt from above – the before – when that shirt was hugging me tight and I was busting out of my size 14 jeans – hello, back fat:

It's so nice to know those jeans no longer fit! And I'm wearing a Yummie Tummie under that shirt - so it's not really accurate cuz some rolls are sucked in by that. (p.s. my yummie tummies are too big now.)

Okay so maybe my hard work is paying off.  A lot.

There are times when I wake up and feel totally fat.  I try really hard not to compare myself to others but sometimes it’s hard to remind your silly brain to cut it out.

In order to avoid comparing myself to others, I try to compare my abilities to what they were a month ago, 2 months ago, and when I began all this: a mere 11 weeks ago.

Today I can run up to 8 km without feeling like I’m going to die.  11 weeks ago I could run 3 minutes and couldn’t catch my breath enough to talk to my running partner.

Today I am considering becoming a Zumba instructor.  11 weeks ago I hadn’t heard of Zumba.

Today I am LOVING my life.

Today I am better, faster and stronger than 11 weeks ago.  11 weeks from now I will be better, faster and stronger still.  And that, my friends, is pretty damn exciting.

My oldest & I after our 8km road race


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98 responses

6 06 2010
samantha jo campen

HOLY CRAP LADY! You look AH-MAZING.

Thank goodness for before and afters right? To help you really SEE the hard work paying off?

I am so totally proud of you and mad impressed.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Yes thank goodness because there are days when I’m like, “THIS IS GOING TOO SLOW!” But yeah, I’m starting to see the differences – especially with photos.

6 06 2010
Sherry

Karen! I know it makes you uncomfortable but you’re doing great! I’m very proud.

You’ve been inspiring me to move it along too, and I’m doing more fitness lately than I did in an entire 365 days last year.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Yay Sherry! That’s awesome. What are you doing?

7 06 2010
Sherry

I was mostly doing yoga every day (minus the odd sick day) for five straight months but I needed some cardio so I started doing Zumba on the weekend and I’m in love. I’d like to do the Shred because I saw fast results when I tried it last year but my joints don’t like it at ALL. I can deal with muscle pain but not joint pain!

Are you on Daily Mile? I’d love to follow you over there!

7 06 2010
Sherry

Durr, just saw the GIANT BUTTON, don’t know how I missed that. :D

6 06 2010
Finn

Look at you! You look fabulous. You must be so proud of yourself.

Everyone has days when they feel fat, I think. I know I do. The best thing you can do is focus on how far you’ve come and how good you feel.

You’re doing great, and most importantly, you’re getting healthier every day. Go you.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Finn. You’re a wise wise woman.

6 06 2010
Brandi

Holy cow!! You look amazing! I love that you wore the same shirt in the before & afters. It really shows how much you’ve lost.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Yeah I love those shirts too – they have an inner shell that is supposed to hug you – and then another layer that is supposed to be looser but now the whole shirt is loose.

6 06 2010
casey mullins

Um, hi. You look amazing. And I can only imagine how amazing you feel.
I hope you make this public at some point because you? Are doing it.

And doing it well.

Congrats lady.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

It’s pretty public now I think. Especially now that I saw this and see the progress, I’m like, “hey, I should share this a little.” :D Thanks Casey. xoxo

6 06 2010
Michele Chatburn

Wow, thanks for the post. I made the decision last week to ease into a walk/run routine while my kids were out of school on summer break. You just inspired me to take some before pictures so I can REALLY track my progress. You look amazing. Good for you sticking with your goal!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Michele! I hope you do well!

6 06 2010
Lisa

You look amazing!! I’m really proud of and inspired by you. You’re working so hard and it’s really paying off!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Lisa – you have helped me so much lady.

6 06 2010
Dave2

Well played, my nemesis… well played.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

:D Thanks Davey.

6 06 2010
Mindy

Eeeeeeeeee! You look amazing!!! Isn’t it great to see how new things fit and old things don’t? And how much easier it is to do your toenails?

I put on a top the other day that I hadn’t worn in over a year and the drawstring around the midsection was tied FOUR INCHES too loose. Man, what a rush.

You go, girl.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

That reminds me I need to do my toenails – badly. Running trashes your feet.

6 06 2010
Maria

You look so healthy and happy and lovely. Awesome work, lady.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Maria!

6 06 2010
Haley-O (Cheaty)

WOW! You look gorgeous! GORJ! Happy, healthy, svelte, sexay! Congrats!!! Totally inspiring!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Haley!

6 06 2010
Miss

You’re beautiful. Not so much more than ALWAYS on the outside but from inside, you are radiating beauty.

I’m happy you’re finding your happy.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Awwww you’re gonna make me cry, wench. xoxoxo

7 06 2010
Chibi Jeebs

I love this post so hard. <3

You look amazing. You sound so happy. You're making me want to get off the couch and obliterate my own before (read: current) pictures. ;)

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Do it! Shredheads had a challenge to do just that and it’s not too late!

7 06 2010
Laura

a-mazing! you look amazing! great job! please say you’re coming to BlogHer so i can meet one of my favorites at last and run with you in Central Park.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

I am not coming to BlogHer, Laura. Sorry buddy.

7 06 2010
mamaspeak

oh wow! I’m so jealous. So very, very jealous. I had to go buy fat clothes today. ::sigh:: I’m the biggest I’ve ever been except pregnancy, and in that case I had a babah inside (and to hold up in front of fat tummy once it was all just me). It doesn’t matter how it happened (herniated disc & steroids, still dealing w/it, in the middle of year 4. Yes, I said FOUR, and I’ve had surgery.) It’s not like I wear a sign that says, “I wasn’t being lazy, I gained it from drugs.” I just know how it looks. It makes me sad.
Gonna try walking more again. Maybe if I can get past around the block (using pain pills most likely) I can start to lose it. If I lose some of it, it won’t hurt my efforts to get better, that’s for sure.
Congrats. You’ve inspired me to keep trying.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

I gained a lot of mine from Paxil and Citalopram at first too – and then when I went off the drugs I got worse. I know how hard it is to come back from that. I wish I had pics from when I was 220 – because they are much worse than these before pics.
Start by walking a little like you said. And you know, food is 70% of the battle. It’s so frigging hard to change that. I wish you lots of strength.

7 06 2010
Angie @sojinkeys

You look incredible! Congratulations on all of your hard work paying off- you’re an inspiration for me to keep working at it! Physical aside, it’s also so awesome to read that you’re so happy. :) Keep it up!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Ang! xoxo

7 06 2010
Robin

Seriously? You are such an inspiration. Not only do you look smaller, but you look HEALTHY. And you’re radiating happiness.

So happy for you. :)

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Robin. Biiiig hugs to you, friend.

7 06 2010
Canadian Bald Guy

At the risk of sounding like a broken record…

…WOW, tou look fantastic! Congrats! Great to see the hard work paying off.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks! I appreciate that!

7 06 2010
Avitable

That is awesome! You look smoking hot! Not that you didn’t before, but now even more smoking! :)

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Ha. Thanks Adam. xoxo

7 06 2010
Maggie, dammit

Holy shit!

You look FANTASTIC.

Well done, you.

xo

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thank you Maggie. xoxo

7 06 2010
Angie @sojinkeys

You look incredible! Congratulations on all of your hard work paying off! You’re truly an inspiration for me to keep working at it. Physical aside, it’s also so awesome to hear that you’re so happy. :) Keep it up!

7 06 2010
apandorabox

WOW… Karen… you look nothing like your before pic… when I saw that twitpic with the beers thought it was someone else…
CONGRATULATIONS :)

ps: you don’t know me… i one of te (many) lurkers…

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Awww really? Thank you – we had a damn good time!

7 06 2010
Nancy

Wow! You are an inspiration! Way to go! I don’t know if I could ever become “a runner”, but you sure make it look fun!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

I’ve added more than just running. Running is still hard on my knees so I ride my bike and do tennis, baseball, ball hockey and Zumba. I run maybe 2-3 times a week.

7 06 2010
Karen Chatters

KAREN!!! You’re kicking ass! You should be so proud of yourself. I’m feeling a bit inspired. Perhaps I can get my crap together. Keep it up, you’re doing fabulous!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Of course you can get your crap together. Put your damn running shoes on and walk around the block right now. I don’t care if dinner needs to get made – you can go for 20 minutes. :D (just teasing)

7 06 2010
penny

karen you are an inspiration. i am so proud of what you have accomplished so far and i know that you will make it to your goal. keep working it girl. you have got me to become accountable this morning as well. i did not have a good before picture to post but the difference is not that great yet so i’ll look for a good one and continue to do my thing and post them when i get there.
big hugs to you!
say hi to the kids for me!
xoxoxox

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

oh that’s AWESOME Penny! i didn’t know you were back to blogging – going to add you to my reader right now! xoxoxo

7 06 2010
Monica

This is so inspirational! Congratulations!! Not only do you look fabulous, you also look really happy. Amazing!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

I am really happy. All this exercise keeps me very happy.

7 06 2010
LeSombre

You look awesome! Keep it up dudette!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks darlin’!

7 06 2010
Lotta

You look GORGEOUS! And healthy and glowing! So inspiring!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Lotta! *smooch*

7 06 2010
kdiddy

Amazing progress, mama.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks a lot Kelly – you’ve been wicked inspiration, my friend. xoxo

7 06 2010
Elizabeth @ Table for Five

You look amazing and I am so proud of you! Now I’m kicking myself saying if I had started when you did, maybe I would be down 15 pounds now. I go down 2, up 2. I know it’s because I don’t exercise hard enough, one 20 minute walking DVD is not going to burn off all this flab.

How did you even START running? I don’t even think I could run for 3 minutes without stopping. Do I just start walking faster and faster until I break into a run? I have a Droid phone, I can look for a beginner program there.

Dude. So proud of you, so inspired to GET MOVING!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

I started with Couch to 5K on the iPhone – is there something similar to that on the Droid? I think it’s 1 min run, 1 minute walk to start after a 5 minute walk warm up…

7 06 2010
naomi

Great before and afters! You look amazing! I think it’s so great that running becomes a part of who you are.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

It is amazing. I never thought I’d be an athlete!

7 06 2010
Maria

I am SO proud of you mama! xoxo

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Maria. xoxoxo

7 06 2010
Shannon

I am REALLY happy for you but I can’t help but be JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love ya betch (even if you are hotter than me)
xo

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

I love you too – and you’ll get there. xoxoxo

7 06 2010
Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher}

Wow! You look amazing! Of course, you were beautiful before but your efforts are really showing. And all in 11 weeks?!? That is incredibly inspiring. Way to go!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks!

7 06 2010
Kerri Anne

Your hard work is paying off A LOT x INFINITY. Your hard work is also super inspiring. Way to go! babe.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Kerri Anne. :)

7 06 2010
Robin

You are AWESOME. Period.
Keep it up and please keep tracking your progress and letting us in on it…it IS inspiring to so many of us. Even when we aren’t necessarily gittin’ ‘er done ourselves like we should…the fact that you are sharing makes it more likely that we’ll keep trying to get back on the wagon.
Lots of love!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

There is no wagon! You gotta walk. LOL! I kid…
xoxoxo Love you sista.

7 06 2010
Ren

Woot! Awesome job!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Ren!

7 06 2010
Elizabeth Kaylene

All of that is from running and biking? Kickass! You look great!

I’m going to buy a bike soon. I just haven’t decided where to ride it. I live in a city, so I’m kind of afraid to just ride around the streets. We’ve had lots of pedestrians hit and killed throughout the last year or two, so I’m kinda wary. There aren’t any biking trails that I’m aware of. Maybe I should Google for some!

Anyway, you’re doing great! I so admire your willpower. I would have been all over those snacks. (:

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Not just running and biking. I Shred, Zumba, play ball hockey, baseball, soccer and I also track my food religiously.
Hopefully you find a bike (and some trails)!

7 06 2010
hello haha narf

oh my dog, you are stunning!
when i met you i thought you were gorgeous, but now you are even more magnificent. go, you!!!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Awww thanks Becky. *smooch*

7 06 2010
sam {temptingmama}

I’m so proud of you, Karen. You look so fabulous. XOXOXO

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Sam! xoxoxo

7 06 2010
Fran

It is very inspiring to see your progress! You look fantastic. I’ve been steadily increasing my exercise efforts. I’m planning to participate in my 1st 5k ever in 2 weeks. In 2 months I’m renewing my vows (my husband & I are celebrating 25 years!) and soon after that we’re heading to Hawaii for the “honeymoon”.

I didn’t take any intentional “before” photos. Now I’m kinda wishing I had.

Keep up the good work! You’re an inspiration to many.

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

First ever 5 k? YAY YOU! Best of luck on that and congratulations on the upcoming renewals – that is beautiful.

7 06 2010
udandi

This is so very inspiring! I should take “before” photos because I plan on having some “after” ones myself! keep it up & thanks for sharing!

7 06 2010
Sugarpants

Do it! Shredheads just posted that challenge for June!

7 06 2010
FireMom

This was fantastic and inspiring and pretty damn awesome. Thank you for posting it. Keep up the great work.

8 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks for the encouragement! :)

8 06 2010
Chantel @knowmleoveme

I’ve been following your tweets about Zumba, Shredding, Cycling etc… All I can say is WOW!! Your transformation in 11 weeks is amazing! You look great. This has definitely motivated me. I did the 30 Day Shred for the first time last night. :)

Keep blogging and keep losing. Can’t wait to read more.

8 06 2010
Sugarpants

The first time? How did you feel the next day? When are you gonna do it again? :)

8 06 2010
Hilly

You look amazing. I am so happy for you!

8 06 2010
Sugarpants

Thanks Hilly. It means a lot to me that you are here. xoxo

9 06 2010
Trying to keep it going | Shredheads

[…] I read Karen Sugarpants post with her before and after pictures and I felt inspired.  Granted my before and after pictures will […]

9 06 2010
Fairly Odd Mother

Woo hoo woman! You look fabulous! I’ve always thought you have the prettiest smile and now you have the rocking body (and great, sunny attitude) too! Though I’m jealous (a bit) about the Zumba. Mah body doesn’t move in that way. I think I need an oiling (like the Tin Man).

9 06 2010
Miss Britt

I have had this page open forever to remind me to comment and I keep going back and looking at the pictures and just.. wow.

You really do just continue to inspire me every single day, Karen. I’m so glad you have been sharing your enthusiasm so that it could rub off on people like me.

9 06 2010
martymankins

This is freaking awesome. Love the before and after comparison photos. Very cool to see this progress.

And nice to have a beer celebration.

9 06 2010
Erin

Awesome! So great to see your progress – and to know that you have such a great attitude about it all!

10 06 2010
jess; [the bottle chronicles]

You look fabulous!!! I need to take some tips from you lol. Like, I just want to be toned and in shape and feel energetic and GOOD about myself.

(and maybe tone this belly into non-existing).

Except finding “activities” that I can do this summer is pretty hard. I have to ease into easing into things! lol

11 06 2010
mel

Wow! you look awesome! Your tweets have been an inspiration, but now those before and after pics are even more. Seriously, you should be proud of yourself. So many people set out to do the same thing and give up. congrats!

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