I’m coming up on my 1 year anniversary of when I started my weight loss journey. I definitely consider this an anniversary because I have my life back and that is something to celebrate! So, I put together my first photo collage of my weight loss.
I am a firm believer in before and after photos. My photos have gotten me through many months when my goal seemed out of reach. Instead of thinking of how far I have to go, I thought of how far I came. Doing that kept me going and continues to do so. I hope everyone trying to lose weight does the same, and keeps a written journal of your measurements too.
I have never put my weight on here before. Even after losing 61 pounds there is still a shame in just how big I allowed myself to get. BUT, I am not feeling that way today. Today I CELEBRATE and I feel no shame because I know I’m going down and I will never weigh this again. I think I also put on here before a quote about getting fat, and how getting fat isn’t our fault but staying that way is. I will NOT stay fat.
SO, my first picture above was taken on September 9, 2011. I was spending the day with my grandparents and my grandpa was very sick. I remember feeling sad watching how frail he was, and then it hit me. He was able to live his life. He was 77 years old, and he was able to watch his kids grow up. He was able to watch his grandkids grow up, AND he was able to meet his first great grand child. And he spent 56 years with the love of his life. I hope I’m that lucky to live long enough to experience all of that. Then I started getting anxious because I just turned 30 years old in April. I weighed…. DUN DUN DUN… 275 pounds and in a size 20-22 pant. That heavy I was obviously not in good health. I was entering my 30’s, my sister had a wedding coming up in 3 months and I had to wear a DRESS of all things. And my aunt, who has been trying for years to get me to lose weight introduced me to Tupperware. 🙂 The rest you can read about in my first blog entry. Something so small probably very much saved my life because at the rate I was going I was only getting heavier and closer to diabetes and a heart attack.
Today is August 18, 2012 and I weigh 214 pounds and I’m a size 14 pant. I’ve lost 61 pounds and 12 inches in my waste in 11 months. In every way I am happy and I have my life back. I say I have my life back because I wasn’t living. I don’t think I realized it at the time. At the time I was comfortable with my fat, my food and living in front of the TV, but to feel the difference today is incredible. And the shock of it all was that IT WAS SO EASY! Once I made up my mind that this is what I wanted that’s all I needed because the help is available. It was always me and my excuses that held me back. If I can do it, ANYBODY can do it. I don’t even recognize that girl in the top picture. I am very thankful for this past year and I’m excited and hopeful for life to come.
There is a show I am absolutely in love with called Extreme Makover Weight Loss Edition. There was a woman on there that weighed 335 pounds. And really, no matter who is on that week I always realize how lucky I am because that was me. At 275 pounds I was SO CLOSE to that 300 pound marker. The guy I watched last night was 535 pounds and people think, how did you let yourself get that big? I think maybe when you get to a certain number you think, “OK I need to do something about this,” but what do you do? The number itself is so discouraging because instead you just think about how far you have to go. I know I felt that way. To that, I say take it one day at a time because those days will add up, as will your loss, and one day 11 months later you will be 61 pounds (or whatever number) less. It is so worth it. Which brings me back to my motto that I absolutely love, DON’T PUT OFF FOR TOMORROW CHANGES YOU CAN START TODAY!
I don’t really have a meaning behind this post. It is definitely more of a ramble than a message as I normally try to do, but man I just feel so great that I want to reach out to every single person out there thinking they can’t do this because you CAN.
This past week has been really good. I lost 2 pounds. I have really been pushing the water and I feel the difference. My goals for this next week are to continue what I’ve been doing with water, my work outs, and to do more weight lifting. I slacked on it for cardio this week. I tried something new at my gym called red light therapy. I am totally digging this because it’s helpful to your skin and toning. It can take 3 months to tell a difference in the toning, but I can see a difference in my skin. I like to think so anyway. It’s probably all the water I’ve been chugging. Even so, I feel great, motivated, and INSPIRED!