So I finally hit my 30 pound weight loss mark. That means I'm down to an exact 120 pounds, the ultimate goal I set for myself January 1st. I still cannot believe I did it, actually did it. Most everyday I still feel self-conscious and extremely overweight and fat, but that is something I'm sure I will always have to deal with because I'm so used to feeling that way. It took exactly six months from January 1 to July 1. Through weight watcher's (the greatest program ever) and running constantly and competing in a 5k race, I was able to accomplish the impossible. So many great things have come from this diet. I've gotten into the healthy BMI weight range, I ran a 5k race in 30 minutes (me? seriously?), I've inspired so many friends and family to live healthier lifestyles, I've learned portion control, and I love shopping. Most of the clothes I love to wear now, I would have never worn when I was 30 pounds heavier, so I feel like I'm more myself. I can wear the style I want and dress the way I want because I feel comfortable enough to do so. That is truly such a great feeling.
If I can do it, anybody can do it. My biggest advice? Eat what you love. I still treat myself to chicken fingers, fries and ranch, I just don't eat it every single week like I used to. Pick something active and learn to love it. I used to hate running, now? I absolutely love running and the feeling of a good workout. Learn to love vegetables. (You'll never get anywhere without them), drink plenty of water, but if you can't live without soda, just go for diet. It's just as bad for you as regular soda, but just limit yourself. I have one coffee and one diet soda a day. Also, late night sweet-tooths are my weakness. I go for three spoonfuls of ice-cream, and call it good and done. And don't give up! I've had so many gain and no loss weeks, and I've cried and have gotten pissed, but I never went and binged on food, or cried over a tub of ice-cream. I've cried on a treadmill and I've cried over the sink after weighing in, but I just never gave up. That is the biggest thing. You can do it, just don't give up.
copeland - may i have this dance?