What started on June 5th as a "30 Days to Healthy Living" challenge has become a permanent lifestyle makeover for me. THANK GOODNESS! I feel so much better. I went from being nearly completely sedentary, miserable, and depressed to a fitness junky that is ridiculously happy to be alive. Each day I wake up eager to improve myself more and more and look forward to the things that my body will one day be able to do.
I still have a long way to go but I am enjoying the journey. I never thought that would be the case. I wish I would have taken control of this sooner. I don't know why I didn't or why I couldn't. I could kick myself but I try not to dwell on the past too much. For whatever reason, here we are and I'm kickin' ass now!
I didn't take an official "Before" photo. I couldn't bring myself to. My legs were in such bad shape due to the lymphedema and I didn't want those pictures to exist. YUK! There have been some photos captured of me along the way near my highest weight (450). So, I'll share those. I guess I will be dwelling for a moment. Forgive me while I pick myself apart in the captions.
I look at these now and just don't understand why I settled for all the misery. It physically hurt to be me. Daily. *tear*
Anyway, those of you that have been following along know that I am not this girl anymore. I'm still fat, less fat but still fat; and if I hurt, it's typically in a good way and a good workout is to blame. I have lost 107 pounds so far! 107 pounds in 6 months. That's 18 ish pounds per month. That's 4 to 5 pounds a week. Not only have I lost 107 pounds, I've done so while increasing my muscle mass along the way. WOWZA!
I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do in the next six months. At this point I'm allowing myself one year to lose the next hundred as it may take a little longer, but I think I can make it happen even sooner.
"We are made to persist...that's how we find out who we are." - Tobias Wolff