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I found this picture of me “before.” I think it was Thanksgiving or Christmas about 3-4 years ago. I like to think I was pregnant at the time, but I don’t believe I was. Even if I was, Brooke didn’t come until July so I still had a long way to go. Funny enough, I tried putting these pictures together in a collage on my phone, but I was so fat I would have had to crop my sister out to get it to fit, lol. When I first saw this I thought, “GOD I WAS FAT!” My second thought was, “How did I not realize I was THAT big?” This second picture was of me and my sister this year at Thanksgiving.

I put this picture on here as (I hope) inspiration because I’m inspired myself by the journey I’ve had. I look at the picture on the left and I don’t even recognize myself there. That was a completely different person and someone I will never be again. I’m not even where I want to be yet, but the progress I have made blows my mind. If I can do this, ANYBODY can do this. I believe that 100% because I’ve been there. I know where you’re at. No matter how big or small your number is that you want to lose, I get how discouraging it is. And I get the strength of will it takes to shut that part of your mind out that tells you that it’s not possible, the part that tells you you’re “OK” as you are now when your body doesn’t feel OK, and how tiring is it trying to convince yourself to start acting on the things you need to do to start to get where you want to be. Maybe too a little bravery in starting to make those changes. To do something different that requires work that will not always be easy.

It’s December, 2012. We are 1 month from a New Year where people will automatically start making resolutions for the change they want in their lives. To that, I say DON’T WAIT. Don’t get discouraged by how long it will take you to get there. It took me a year to achieve this. The reward? The reward is my life, my energy, play time with my child, and what feels like 20 years added back to my life. The reward is worth it. Make the decision and start making changes right now to get what you want. Don’t wait 4 more weeks.

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