The women participating in the #iwillrockthis weight-loss challenge are some serious contenders. We’ve completed two full weeks and I am so impressed by how freaking fantastic everyone is doing. I’m almost jealous at some of the tremendous losses. Not almost. I am definitely jealous. It’s not like I haven’t been trying. More on that in a second.
It’s very likely I won’t be wearing this bikini bottom this summer. Sigh. I AM NOT GIVING UP. I got an earful of shit last week after my junk food binge. Yes, sometimes getting jabbed and told I can’t do it makes me want to prove you wrong. But, really…don’t we all work better with some praise?
Last week I felt WAY off. I was dizzy and light headed and I thought it was from consuming so much crappy food that one day or eliminating sugar and caffeine. Then I broke out in a gnarly rash the size of a deck of cards on my back. My first thought was that it was a staph infection. My dog had been recently diagnosed with MRSA – the flesh eating bacteria – staph in her ear and of course I thought I had it too. I noticed that the rash was spreading in a linear manner across my back around front to my rib cage. And because I tell everyone everything about what’s wrong with me, I told a friend who said, “I wonder if it’s shingles” (and her point of reference was an old episode of “Nip/Tuck” – for real). Well, hot damn, she was right! After about four days of cortisone cream, I went to the doctor who confirmed it was indeed shingles. Holy crap! I’m 37 years old. I thought shingles was an older persons illness. Oh wait…that’s what I thought about breast cancer too. Wrong again. Anyway, shingles is a virus and it causes those flu-like symptoms. Needless to say, I didn’t do a whole lot in terms of exercise last week because I was beyond wiped out.
It’s been about seven days now and I’ve probably got another seven before it’s totally gone. I think the worst has passed so I can’t use it as an excuse anymore. I’m really shooting for a 2-3 pound loss by next week’s weigh-in. I’ve been near the bottom of the standings – and while I technically took myself out of the competition as being an actual winner of the prizes – I still want to been seen as a competitor.
So are you ready to see some BEFORE photos? I’m hoping some of the others will allow me to post some before photos of them but this time it’s just me. Me in my horribly messy bathroom and wearing some super unflattering lounge-around-the-house clothes.
I’m really hoping by July 1st you’ll see difference. Fingers crossed.
Jabs or praise? What do you got for me?