I REACHED MY GOAL WEIGHT!
Goal: the weight that I started this journey trying to reach. The number that I chose in my head when I was 18 years old. The battle that I have been fighting for the past 11 years. I have finally won! When I first set out
trying to lose some weight, I had a vision in my head of looking like Toni Braxton. (I didn't know that in reality she's actually a tiny person at about 5'2" and 110lbs.) I just wanted to be able to wear what all the pretty women on TV wore and look like they did. I thought that if I could just be a size 5/6 (because sizes were definitely a x/x in those days) - my life would be perfect and my fitness journey would come to an end. Today - I weighed in at 135lbs and I'm between a size 4 and 6. When I started my journey, I was pushing 200lbs. and wearing a size 18.
So many people ask me how I did it. Everyone is looking for a miracle, an overnight success, a magic pill, the quickest diet, the perfect supplement, the exact foods or the easiest way. Well, I'm sorry - but I don't have any of those for you. How did I do it? I worked my @$$ off, that's how. I stayed dedicated to a lifestyle of healthy eating and consistent workouts. I didn't quit when it was hard and I didn't let little setbacks completely ruin me. I didn't listen to people when they told me that I didn't need to lose more weight and I was fine the way I was. I set my own goals in my head and I was determined to reach them, regardless of what others said or did. I learned the right foods to eat - what was helpful and what was harmful. I learned that not the same thing will work for everyone and that I had to continue to try new things to figure out what worked best for my body. I LEARNED BY DOING. I didn't sit back and feel sorry for myself that "Sally" lost ten pounds by cutting carbs and that I lost zero. Obviously, carb cutting didn't benefit me. So rather than try to force it - I kept learning other methods. I did the tedious work that others weren't willing to - I logged my meals daily and paid attention to how different workouts and food plans affected my mood and progress. In short - I worked really, really hard.
This has been eleven years coming. I wasn't perfect. I didn't do everything right, all the time along the way. What I did do was persevere. I kept trying. When I hit plateaus, I figured out a way to bust through them whether that took 1 month or 6 months. I kept learning. I didn't wait for answers to come to me - I went out and found them.
I never gave up.
|Holy Cow, She's toned!|
I am setting NEW goals. I look good and I feel good, but I want to be fitter. Not skinnier, not thinner, not smaller - FITTER. I want to get lean, sculpted muscles. I want to decrease my body fat percentage. I want to be able to run longer, to workout harder, to lift heavier and to eat cleaner. I want to continue making improvements because look how far I've come! Who says I can't be better? I know there's room for improvement and I intend to improve. The best of me is yet to come.
So thank you so much to every person who has supported, encouraged, advised and cheered me along on this journey. I'm so happy that it has all paid off for me and I'm really proud of myself for never giving up through all the adversity. And guess what the best part is? YOU CAN DO THIS TOO! I'm just a regular person, your average Jane. I made a commitment to myself and what was important to me and I followed through on that commitment.
What are you waiting for? Seriously, why wait? Don't wait until the new year to make a resolution. Don't wait until the Holidays are over so you can pig out and add to your total current weight. Don't wait for the perfect time, or the right amount of money, or the right diet, or a workout buddy. Do this now and do it for you. If you need help with how to get started, how to keep going, how to be motivated - please send me a message RIGHT NOW!
"Determine that the thing CAN and WILL be done ~ and then, we shall find the way." - Abraham Lincoln
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