Took longer than a month, but lost five legit pounds.
147.6 on the scale tonight.
I went to the gym almost every single weekday in September. Toward the end of the month, I walked into Crunch Fitness and said I'd like to check out the squat racks since my LA Fitness membership renewal was coming up. The guy said, "What, you want to see our SEVEN squat racks?" I was hooked, and made the switch. Now I go in, put my stuff away, get on the treadmill for at least 20, and then go lift or row.
Unfortunately, in October I've only gone to the gym 3 times to date. Got busy with preparing for our long camping weekend at Mississippi Palisades State Park in IL. Then the kids had no school, Ronin was sick for a day. I think my body was actually happy that I wasn't stressing it out for five days in a row, because from October 1st to today I was losing almost two pounds. Took the entire month of September to lose three pounds. I'm glad I have realistic goals, and am forgiving if I'm not dropping weight quickly. I realize it's a process, and it's dang harder for a woman to lose weight than a man.
I feel better overall. I still have tummy hang; realistically I'll probably never lose it. But I don't feel so hatefully bloated all the time, either. I'm getting strength back. And I got my hair highlighted so now Denis calls me his "girlfriend" and Ronin says I look years younger. It's a nice confidence boost. :)