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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