Tuesday, February 7, 2012

40 pounds, gone forever...


When my weight-loss/fitness journey began on January 1, 2010 I tipped the scales at an unhealthy 237 pounds. At 23 years old I was considered obese and I had the stretch marks, heart palpitations and eating habits to prove it.

I had known for a long time that I was "fat" but I did not know how heavy I really was. I would buy a loose XL top without thinking twice about it, I was a pro at avoiding scales, and thanks to my height I was always hiding in the back of picture so you could never really see my body.

Then I saw these pictures from my sister's 21st birthday and it changed everything:


I could not believe THAT was what I looked like. I was so beside myself and knew that I needed to take the steps to not only better myself but better my life.
And since that moment I have never looked back.


It has been a long and slow process but on January 28, I weighed in at 197 (a number I am still not comfortable with and cannot believe I am telling all of you this)and reached:


(how my face looks now)


When I started in 2010, I NEVER thought this would happen. It just goes to show you that through hard work and dedication anything is possible.








Here are a few examples of what weighs 40 pounds:

5 gallons of water


The average human leg

TWO car tires


FOUR 10 lb bags of potatoes


Average 5- year old




When I look at all of these pictures it really puts this entire journey into prospective. Most of my success is because of my fiance, family and friends-esp my "gym rats". I cannot tell you how many times I have heard I am motivating others because of my success( it doesn't get old) but I really am just doing what I love, and I truly believe that is why I have been so successful so far.  

  
This is the one journey where I have gained while I have lost.
I have learned so much through this journey and I am not done yet. I am putting my personal life out there to not only continue to better myself but to hopefully help just one person. YOU CAN DO THIS. It will be work, but anything that is worth having in life will take work. You just have to take the steps to do it. Never give up and always remember to:

Just Keep Sweating


   
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16 comments:

  1. I am so happy for u, u are not only an inspiration, but inspirational. I read your blog, get excited by your challenges, (too much for me yet but still a work in progress),but u motivate me. Lauren & I try your recipes and haven't been disappointed yet. Keep up the great job! We're watching!

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    1. You literally just brought tears to my eyes, thank you <3 I have to admit this was a difficult post for me to put out there but I am glad I did. YOU ARE DOING FANTASTIC and have accomplished goals I haven't even dreamed of yet, I can't wait to run my first 5k in June ;) Thank you for the sweet comment

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  2. wow what a beautiful post!
    I can totally relate to you! Today - I've lost a total of 39.2 pounds and slow and steady is KEY!!
    You've accomplished SO much and are not only an inspiration but a true picture of what hard work, dedication, fitness and HEALTH is! Keep going! YOU GOT THIS! XOXO

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  3. CONGRATS ON ALL OF YOUR SUCCESS SO FAR!!! That is incredible and isn't it just the BEST feeling? Thank you so much for your kind words, it means more than you know... and correction

    WE GOT THIS xoxo

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  4. So happy for you, I can totally relate to this blog, I looked at old pics of myself and said ah that's what I look like. I hope I can be at what you are now in a few months, being down 40 lbs, I am don 7.4 since January 1st and hopefully will lose more yay! Congrats, you are doing great and look great! So so so happy for you.

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    1. THANK YOU! Honestly I wish I didn't delete/untag myself from Facebook photos that were less than flattering during my heavier times because now I want them.. But I never,ever thought I'd have a after photo so I deleted them. Congrats on all of your success so far and YOU WILL continue to progress...remember it takes time-this has taken me 2 years!

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  5. What a powerful post! Congratulations on all of your success thus far and I am sure it is only the beginning. You are an inspiration and show that with dedication and hardwork anything is possible and a constant reminder that excuses are LAME. Thank you for being brave and sharing your journey with all of your readers!

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    1. :) thank you...I have to admit this took A LOT of guts to post but I feel like (excuse the pun) a weight has been lifted. Unless you are 100% honest with yourself you cannot and will not succeed. Hopefully I will have more success to share in the future!

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  6. Congrats! You're doing an amazing job and it has to be a satisfying feeling to see the changes and be a healthier you! Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks! It is a great feeling, one I know you have felt SEVERAL times ;) I read your posts all the time and thank you for being a constant motivation to me!

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  7. This is very uplifting, and good reminder of the good that healthier habits can do. Excellent work on your journey so far, and good luck as you continue onward!

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    1. Thank you Emily :) I appreciate the kind words!!

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  8. Congratulations on the new healthier you Carlyn!

    What a journey - It looks like two different people in those pics :)

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  9. Thank you Sean! I still can't believe it myself :) HERE'S TO THE NEXT 30!

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