Thursday, June 30, 2011

A journey begins with a single step

In December of 2009 my family and I went out to dinner to celebrate my younger sisters 21st birthday. As in most celebratory situations lots of photographs were taken by several members of the party. I was always a little wary of other people taking my picture because they could never get "my good side," the angle was bad,or it made me "look fat." But the camera doesn't lie...the facts were there I was just too stubborn to admit it--I WAS FAT. I had consistently been gaining weight and ignoring the scale, ignoring the bigger clothing sizes..Basically I was living in pure denial. But I will NEVER forget the feeling when I saw this picture::

I couldn't believe it, how did I let this go on for this long? How did I not notice how ginormous I had become? No wonder I was so upset all the time, No wonder I had heart palpitations (I thought it was from too much sugar) No wonder I wanted to sit around and watch T.V instead of act like a normal 23 year old. I got on the scale the day I saw this picture, and never looked back.

It has taken me a year and a half  but I have lost 35 pounds, the healthy way. I have found gym classes I love, food that not only tastes great but makes me feel just as good. With all that I have lost in weight I have gained in happiness, health, confidence and most importantly MUSCLE ;]

I have had so much support during my journey from my fiance, family and friends... People tell me how great I look and how I am motivating THEM to be a better person, to try things they haven't tried before, to become a better version of themselves.This is unreal to me. When I started my journey I just wanted to loose weight so I could look in the mirror without being upset at what I saw. I'll admit it was NEVER about getting in shape or being healthy, my goals were vain but at the time it was all I wanted. I still have a long way to go and a whole new list of goals that I want to achieve which is why I've decided to start a new chapter and document it as I go...


"Every journey begins with a single step."

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  2. I remember this girl. The girl who I connected with on Sparkpeople that lived a few towns over and hangout at the same nightspots as me. I remember BBMing you throughout the day as we both began our journey. We both know how to lose and gian weight, and we both have things we should be proud of. You motivated me- and are now for sharing your post-baby journey. I'm still following you on IG and your Facebook page- and you my dear have many, many things to be proud of. Neither of us are the same people we were in 2009, and you are absolutely beautiful inside and out.

    Xoxo,
    Jackie

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