I did it. I lost 100 pounds. WOW! On June 5th (164 days ago) I changed everything about my consumption habits and decided I was going to BE different; I had to. I can't even begin to describe the pain and suffering I was experiencing at 450 pounds of me. In previous posts I've mentioned ailments, depression, and other complications I experienced as I gained and grew more and more miserable. Making this change wasn't easy but neither was existing at 450 pounds. It hurt. It hurt all over. It hurt mentally. It hurt physically. It hurt emotionally. It hurt more than just me. It took a toll on my family as well. I was ready this time to LIVE differently. This journey takes commitment. It takes heart. It takes sacrifice. It takes everything out of you but gives so much more back. I wouldn't change a thing. AND, I won't be because I have ANOTHER 100 pounds to lose.
I may not have always believed that I could, but I did KNOW and trusted that if I stuck with what I was doing...eating right and exercising regularly...that my body would have to fall in line and respond effectively. On the hard days, the math will pull you through. If you stick to your macros, burn more calories than you're consuming (creating that caloric deficit), and drink water, water, water, you WILL lost weight. Even with a craptastic, zero functioning thyroid, my body dumped what it didn't need. (This is very general and I do all sorts of wonderful stuff to improve my health, but you get the idea.)
Thank you to my family for allowing me to be "selfish" and make my health a priority. They have never called or considered me selfish but, I have felt this way for the amount of time and energy I spend on myself and in the gym. My husband and kids have spent time in and out of the gym supporting me. Alan (my husband) has started eating more like me and has been working out regularly lately and is finding it quite effective too.
A special thank you to my friend Kate for encouraging me to get active again. Her invitation to work out a couple days a week got me back in the gym.
A huge thank you to my friend Jolene for inviting me to Arbonne's "30 Days to Healthy Living" challenge. I used this as a jumping off point to start my journey and just decided to keep going when it was over. She has always been understanding and supportive of my off and now permanently on journey to a healthier me.
Thank you to all my gym buddies along the way that make going even more fun for me. I'm a social creature so I like to be surrounded by friends. Kate, Jacquelyn, Jess, Cynthia, Billie Sue, Tahani, Jolene, Tamber, Misty, and Lindsey. Love you all.
Thank you to all the supportive fellow gym goers that tell me now and then that I'm shrinking. I may not always look or feel smaller...to me...but, your observations of my success remind me it's working and continue to motivate me.
Thanks to all the trainers that have shared wisdom and given me good advice along the way. I may not always take it because this journey is very personal and I have to do what works for me, but it usually impacts me positively in a roundabout way...when it's meant to.
Thank you to the class instructors for giving so much of your time and self to help others feel better about themselves.
Thank you to my friend Raquel for sharing so much love for me today. I admire what you have been able to do to and for yourself. Your success helped me to know and understand that I CAN DO THIS!
Thank you to all my cheerleaders and supportive friends on Facebook. Your encouraging words help me get through the hard days and brighten each and every day.
I'm honored and grateful to have so many wonderful people in my corner. It takes a village to raise a child. Apparently it takes a village to whip my ass into shape too.
If you need someone in your corner, just holler. I'm happy to cheer you on.
While another 100 is the ultimate goal, I'm currently shooting for losing 32 more pounds. Random? Nope. I'll tell ya why I want to weigh 318 or less in the next blog entry.
"Life is not about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself. Who do you want to be?"