Question:  Do you guys find any value in the bikini photos now that I am in the maintenance phase?  I am trying to decide whether or not to continue with them.  I will definitely keep posting the scale pictures each Wednesday to monitor my weight.  Just curious as to what your thoughts are.  I’m thinking that it’s time to retire the swimsuit.  Sad day!!!

So far it has been extremely easy to maintain my weight, even with the occasional weekend splurge.  I am sure a lot of that has to do with my activity levels and the fact that I am still following CarbLovers while counting my calories daily.  And honestly, I feel like I could lose another few pounds and still be in a healthy range.  I’ve asked several friends & family members their thoughts on this, and they’ve all agreed that it wouldn’t be a big deal.  It is important to stop when the time is right, but I am questioning if I’m really there yet.  It would be nice to say that I’ve lost 50 pounds (as opposed to 47), which would put me at 142.  Either way, I am extremely happy with my body and feel like I’m the healthiest I’ve been in my life.  I’ve lost 24.4% of my body weight from the time I started at 192, and that’s a number to be very proud of.

While it’s hard to determine until I sit down and actually start writing on November 1st, I’m leaning towards writing a series of books as part of a collection called “The 7 Quests of Jen West” (thanks for the great title, Charles).  Each quest will be its own book or volume.  The reason why I haven’t been talking about the content of the first one is because of it’s highly personal nature and I’m not quite sure if I’ve decided to take it on.  The timing couldn’t be more perfect though as this particular subject is happening right now in my life.  I hope to shed a little more light on it soon if I decide to proceed.  Either way, I’m still 100% in for NaNoWriMo.

Somebody created some really neat graffiti on a busy highway in Birmingham over the weekend for the YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL project.  It is right next to my office, so I left on my lunch break yesterday to grab a few shots.  Here is my best one (click to enlarge):

Weigh-In Wednesday #30

Weigh-In Wednesday #30