NOTE: Courier-News freelance writer Janelle Walker has signed up for the second round of the "Elgin's Biggest Loser" challenge. Participants weigh in Wednesday nights, and Janelle is blogging the experience exclusively for The Courier-News.
If you heard a high-pitched squeal on Elgin's west side on Wednesday, say about 5:20 p.m., I believe what you heard was me. That was my reaction when I realized, belatedly, what Laura Dion-Jones was telling me.
I had lost another five pounds. In a week.
Now, when I lost five pounds in the first week, all I heard was "Oh, that is water weight," and it comes from just eating healthier. The body flushes out water or whatever.
But the five pounds this week just means something else to me.
Leave Janelle encouragement, why that's important, after the jump.
It is not like I haven't cheated a little bit here and there. I was going through the checkout line at the grocery store on Sunday, and one of those Reeses Big Cups was calling my name. And I savored every bit of that bite.
On the other hand, I can tell when I get on the Gazelle that there are some muscles getting worked now that haven't been in awhile. Particularly in the belly. And the arms.
And one of my friends commented yesterday that she can see it in my face, particularly in my neck. Then I looked in the mirror and noticed the same thing.
My pants are getting looser, I can wear some tops that have been off limits for awhile... and the reunion is next week. 20 years. Still don't think that can be right, cause I still FEEL 25. But at least I can go with my head a little prouder and my back a lot straighter. If I can do another five this week, I will be close to the 20 pounds I wanted to lose before this event, and that much closer to the 30 I am hoping for before an October 2 wedding.
Thank you, everyone who tells me they are checking in on this. Please comment, too, so the Sun-Times and The Courier-News know you are listening!
-- Janelle Walker, Freelance Writer