Wow! It’s hard to believe it’s been since September since I’ve given you an update on my weight loss journey! I promised an update at 75 lbs and I flew right past that goal. With the holidays, and all of the projects and posts that come along with that when you have a blog, I turned around and it was the end of the year. So I decided it was time to give an update as we kick-off 2014!
Every year I, along with so many others, make a quiet resolution that THIS will be the year I finally get my weight and health under control. Of course, year after year, I would slip back into old habits and addictions, usually within a week or two and toss the resolution out the window. But this past year I decided enough was enough. I got scared! I got angry! I got determined!
2014 started so much happier for me than any year I can remember when it came to my own personal well being. I started this month 84 pounds less than I started last January!
In October I had a chance to give a presentation at the Country Living Fair and spent some time with my friend Jeanne of JuNxtaposition who has a booth there every year. We met for the first time last year and had our picture taken together, she insisted we take one again in the exact same spot as last year. Then told me to go home and find last year’s picture….the difference was such a SHOCK to me! I truly didn’t know I looked that way and I didn’t have a full grasp on how much I had lost until I saw the side by side…
I started hearing from so many of my friends here and on Facebook that it was time for a new photo of myself! When taking our family Christmas pictures I had my dad grab a quick one of me alone….
As happy and thrilled with my weight loss and how amazing I feel, I do know that I am still at the very beginning of a life long change. In some respects the easy part is losing the weight, the difficult part is keeping up the lifestyle changes and dealing with the emotions of an ever changing body. There are scars from the damage I did for so many years. Both physically and mentally. I’m not young, my skin isn’t recovering like it might have if I’d gone down this path in my 20’s or early 30’s. I’ve started working with a personal trainer to tone my arms and legs. I have stretch marks from excessive weight gain and my skin is starting to sag a little. I had a bout of stress induced hair loss, which is common with large amounts of weight loss and that was a little scary for someone used to a thick full head of hair BUT….
I consider these issues as part of the consequence of living an “out of control” life for so long. There are always going to be residual effects but the positive things so out weigh these issues!
Like….wearing a dress above the knee for the first time since high school
or finally buying and wearing knee high boots with jeans tucked in…for the first time ever!
These may seem like small things (no pun intended) to some, but they were HUGE (no pun intended) to me! Goals I used to help keep me going strong!
I still have about 40 pounds to go until my goal, but I don’t focus on that number! I focus on the small things like buying a wrap dress (I’ve always wanted one) to wear to a wedding, feeling my collar bones for the first time, having a (almost) flat stomach, a bounce in my step when I walk, and waking up ready to tackle the day and not exhausted and wanting to crawl back under the covers.
I have a quote that I’ve claimed as my own during this journey and I want to share it with you….
I know many people choose a WORD that will define the new year, I would have to say mine is DETERMINED! I’m determined to turn my life around for my family, for my friends but most of all for me!
I know many of you have asked what I’m actually DOING to lose the weight. I’ve tried to answer any emails (hundreds) that I’ve received but I am sure I’ve let some slip by. Because I believe that everyone needs to find the right plan for themselves, I’m hesitant to share the actual specifics here publicly. I am using a meal replacement plan, it does cost money, but I feel it’s been the perfect fit for me…and my family! My husband has lost almost 40 and my son over 50 on the same plan. As part of this plan I have a fabulous health coach that is part of my program. She is amazing! If you are interested in knowing more about what I’m doing please feel free to contact me on my Facebook Page or by email at: thepattersonfour (at) gmail.com. I promise to update again soon…I think when I hit 100 pounds it will be time for a little celebration! So stay tuned for that…
Thank you again and again for all of your amazing support, encouragement and cheering me on! It means the world to me.
See you back here soon….at the picket fence!
P.S. You can see all of my past weigh loss updates!