Hi everyone! Whew! I had meant to do an update at the beginning of August but the month just flew by…and then I was so close to my first major goal that I thought I would wait to update when I achieved it. It happened over the weekend, which timed nicely with the start of our favorite season of the year…COLLEGE FOOTBALL!
I am so excited to share with you that on Saturday I officially weighed in with a loss of 50 POUNDS!! Did you hear me scream that from the rooftop, okay from my bed where I’m sitting here typing this…50 POUNDS PEOPLE!! That’s a lot of weight! I decided I needed to reward myself, and no it wasn’t with ice cream or chocolate cake (those are not rewards, those are addictions.)
I rewarded myself with a new Alabama t’shirt! And, for the first time in 17 years I purchased a shirt in the “normal clothes” section…you know the ones that don’t have an X behind a number.
I was so excited to try on a Women’s large and it fit!! yippee! It beats the Men’s 2XL I had to wear last year! The beginning of August saw me hit a 40 lb loss, which I celebrated with my fabulous blogging friends at the Haven Conference. I truly didn’t realize how much I had changed until I discovered a before picture from early March of this year….
Even I couldn’t deny the drastic change in my body after seeing that before and after…I promised myself at 50 pounds I would take a new set of front, side and back pictures to compare…
I even look happier! And those pants, in the before…well they fall off of me now…hehe! Can weight loss make you more glowing? I don’t know but I do know I feel so great! Inside and out…and the inside is even more important than the outside. I was thinking about some of the things I’ve had to give up like: ice cream, cheese burgers, french fries, pizza, candy bars and hot tamales…my favorite candy! BUT I realized I really don’t miss them along with these other things I DON’T MISS…
I don’t miss:
- waking up tired, going through my day tired and going to bed exhausted
- dreading shopping because it hurt to walk anywhere
- having to extend my seatbelt all of the way out
- my bra straps digging into my shoulders
- squishing myself into our dining room chairs with arms
- eating until I feel so full that I feel sick
- wearing plus size shirts
- my double chin
When I started this journey, I wondered if every day would be a battle and I can honestly say most days fly by! I still can’t believe I have been on this journey now for 3 1/2 months and have seen such amazing results! People ask me all of the time HOW do you do it?!
TRUST ME, I am not special. I have the same will-power (or lack of) as the next person. I just decided that I was not going to let FOOD control me anymore. I have a friend who has struggled with a food addiction as well. She has, like me, decided to make changes to overcome it. She wrote me the other day and said the most powerful thing, “For me food is no longer my friend.” That hit me so hard when I read that! It’s TRUTH!
I will always have food in my life, I need it to survive after all…ha! But FOOD doesn’t have to be my friend, my comfort, my lover. Food needs to find its proper place and just be…well…food! Do I still like to cook…yes. Do I still like the taste of quality food…yes. I have just decided that the need to satisfy myself with food in the moment, is not more important than my long term health and well being.
While I am on a plan that works wonderfully for me, and many others, I think that combined with DETERMINATION is helping me to succeed. I’m Determined to change my life and the lives of my family. Bama Boy has joined me on this journey and has lost over 30 pounds himself! We have decided as a family to change our destiny. We are CHOOSING to steer a new course to better health and well being.
Are you struggling with making a change but can’t seem to find the drive and motivation? I encourage you to step out in faith and make the decision to change whatever it is you need to change…
Stope re-reading the last chapter and turn the page to a new one! Stop listening to that voice in your head that says, “you can’t” and realize if I can…YOU CAN!!
I hope that you are finding my journey an inspiration. Maybe it inspires you to NEVER put on that extra weight or to keep up your fitness program. Maybe you see yourself in me and you’ve been where I have been and this reminds you to NEVER go back to that place…maybe you are where I was in May and you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Whatever it is, I hope you find encouragement in my journey and I FEEL the encouragement from all of you who are cheering me on!
I promise to update again soon and my next full body shots will be me at 75 lbs lost so…stay tuned!
As always, thanks for joining me…at the picket fence!