Well, I guess this is the end. Not of my "diet" or of my commitment to live a healthier lifestyle, but of this blog. I have made the journey. I have found my way out of the mindless eating and stationary living. Three years ago, I was 26 years old...211 lbs...in a size 24 pant. I was unhealthy. I couldn't walk down the street without being winded. My body hurt just laying in bed.
Around May 2007 I joined weight watchers for the first time, for a three month period. I lost 20 lbs. But by December 2008, I was back up to 199. The day after Christmas I joined weight watchers again. July of 2008 I started this blog, I weighed 171. After a year of blogging, a year and three months of weight watchers, and three years of a lifestyle overhaul I have lost a total of 61 lbs.
It wasn't easy. Sometimes it was down right hard. There is a lot of temptation out there..food and drinks. I didn't always feel like working out..and still struggle with that. But, no matter what set backs I had I always made an effort to stay positive, to keep sight of the big picture, and to get back on the horse.
I had a lot of support. Weight Watchers was a wonderful guide for me. My husband, who was willing to try new recipes and all sorts of new low-cal, fat-free, healthy things. My huge cheering section..my family, my friends, my READERS! Everyone has been so supportive and encouraging through this whole process.
Three years ago I never thought I would be where I am, or feel like I feel. I thought I was going to be big forever. I had given up on being healthy. I had given up on me. I still can't get over being able to run..or actually WANTING to run. I still can't believe that I can lay in bed without being in pain. I love being able to just buy a shirt without having to try it on, or stretch it out first before it fits right. I love being able to look at myself in the mirror and like what I see.
So, I have made the journey back to myself. And if I can do it, anyone can do it. I MEAN IT! All it takes is one step, the first step. Are you ready to start your own journey?
Shew! Back to normal this week. I went to Zumba again on Monday, even though I didn't want to. I was very tired. But I knew how bad I had been with my eating the week before so I made myself do it. It was fun, although not as good of a workout as the first Zumba class I went to. Different instructors, they rotate classes.
I put my bikini on today to give the dogs a bath. lol. It's just easier to get in the tub with them. I feel more comfortable in now than I did when I went to Hawaii. It still amazes me that I am wearing it at all, after so many years of wearing no bathing suit ever.
I hope you all have a happy 4th! Be safe, have fun, and treat yourself just a little bit. It is a birthday celebration after all.
Ouch! I had to expect it though. Last week, I was bad. Very, very bad. I ate a lot of really bad stuff. Brownies. Fried chicken. Tortilla chips. Banana Pudding. Oh my. That's alright though. At least I can recognize that I did not do very well. And yesterday I told Jeremy that eating like that didn't make me feel very good. So, it's back on track this week.
I haven't done a very good job sticking with the 30 day challenge. I'm not that disappointed because I've probably worked out more in the last few weeks than in the previous two months combined. I went to the free Zumba class on Monday and even got up early yesterday to go again..and the class was cancelled. Boo. But since I was up and already dressed to work out I took the dogs for a jog walk around the block. We ran for a good portion of it and I am quite surprised that I'm not in pain today. Good sign.
My co-worker told me about a local church that was offering free Zumba classes twice a week. I went last night and it was a great workout. And SO much fun! Great music, great moves. I left all sweaty but with a smile on my face.
I read on many other weight loss blogs about the struggles of trying to be on a 'diet' when the rest of your family isn't. I read about kids that don't/won't eat salads. I read about husbands that are 'meat and potatoes' kind of guys that don't want to have their eating habits altered. Everyone has their hurdles to overcome but I'm lucky enough not to have to worry about what everyone else wants to eat. My husband is very, very supportive in everything I do..especially my weight loss. We tried all sorts of new recipes. He would eat all of them..even if he still ate seconds or thirds. We never made two separate things for dinner because he didn't want to eat what I was eating.
In the end, when he saw my results, it only encouraged him to try it for himself. And he joined weight watchers. Now, months later..he's dropped 30 lbs. He looks great and I can tell he feels great. And it makes me very proud to think that I inspired him.
Jeremy with his Mom a few years ago
Me and Jeremy, New Years Eve 2008 (I had just started WW)
Me and Jeremy, New Years Eve 2009 (He wasn't on WW yet, but you can already see the difference in him because he was eating what I was eating)