Thursday, January 5, 2012

Goal 3: Health and Weight Loss

Hi friends! I have shared two of my goals and resolutions for 2012 thus far. Today I share a third.

GOAL 3: Continue on my health and weight loss journey

This is not an easy post for me to write. I have struggled so many times in what to say, or even if I should even share this with y'all. But, here I am typing away... trying to find the words to say it.

The journey started in January of 2010. It was the close of the holiday season. While looking at photos of myself from Christmas, I was shocked ... I barely even recognized the person I was looking at. This was NOT what I had been seeing in the mirror every day. Is this what I looked like to everyone else?!

Now, I am not saying that I was obese. I was overweight and just plain not happy with what I was seeing. When did it happen? How did I let this happen?

Something had to change.
For my 2010 New Year's Resolution, I decided that I needed to lose weight. I started dieting. I did the soup thing. Hubs and I took walks with the pups. We cut back on going out to eat. And in just 3 months, I had lost only 8 lbs. I wasn't seeing results as quickly as I had hoped. Looking back - I was going about things entirely the wrong way - I had never fully committed.

Things got hectic again. Life got in the way. I didn't
put my health as a priority - work, weddings, friends, the house - those were my priorities. After those initial 3 months, my New Year's Resolution faded to the back of my mind. Oh sure, we would still walk the dogs and occasionally spend a weekend afternoon on our community's trails. It wasn't anything drastic, but I hadn't put the initial 8 lbs back on.

Life went on.
Then it happened again. I saw another unflattering picture. You know the kind - I was in the background of the shot, not knowing I was in the photo. It wasn't pretty, I looked terrible.

At that moment in October of 2010, I decided to make change,
not just a change - a life change.

In November 2010, we joined a gym. Of course it was hard to make time initially. Our daily schedules were already draining us, but we were committed this time. Hubs and I needed this. I needed to feel better about myself, and Hubs needed the stress release from a taxing job.

We started eating better and taking better care of ourselves. Looking back, I wish we had done this sooner, but I don't know that we would have been fully committed before.
We continued to go to the gym, attend classes, and eat better through the beginning of 2011. We were actually doing it. I had lost 7 more lbs in just a matter of weeks. Hubs felt better than ever with an outlet for his stress.

In February, we decided to start running. We took classes, did training programs, and in just a few months - we came to love it. A few months later, we decided that on the year anniversary of our start to running - February of 2012 - we would run a half marathon. I won't go on and on about that... you can read more on our training HERE and every Monday.

It's like something clicked in my brain during those first few months in 2011. I was amazed at the things I could accomplish. I loved pushing myself to new limits. Suddenly, I realized that it was worth the time, the pain, sweat, and tears... Things had changed. I had changed.


Christmas of 2009. I'm on the left

New Years 2010
Obviously there are few shots where my whole body is included. ha!


Christmas 2010 - right after starting the gym
More Recent photos:












I have now lost around 40 lbs and have gained lean muscles. I have 16 lbs more to lose before I hit my personal goal weight. Hubs has gained almost 25 lbs in lean muscle. He enjoys it just as much (if not more) than I do.

We will continue to eat better and make smart choices. Once we hit our goals, we won't sto
p. We want to continue to live this healthy lifestyle and never go back to the way we were before.

In 2012 we will hit our goals - and
push ourselves even harder. I am so glad we started this journey together in 2011. I have more energy now than ever before. The best part? We have fun with it together. He encourages me, and I do the same for him. We serve as accountability partners, and as a support system for one another. Honestly, this whole thing has made our marriage stronger, as we have something else besides house projects to do together. We still have a long way to go... but we are getting there.

Please don't take this post as a vain one, or as a pat on my own back. I have struggled so many times on how to write it. I have actually cried three times while sitting here. It has been a bit of an emotional journey as well. I realize there will be more bumps and bruises along the way - but I thought this was a resolution worth sharing... even if it is taking multiple years to accomplish it.

I have one more goal to share with you tomorrow - FRIDAY! Talk soon, friends!

xoxo,

Brandi Nell

14 comments:

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Shannon said...

You go GIRL!!!

magnoliablossom said...

I am so proud of you! Good for you. You are beautiful in all of these pictures, though. All of them. I would love to look like you at any weight.

What an inspiration you are!

Grits said...

Way to go Brandi! You look fab! You are such an encouragement and inspiration to me. It's so easy to go home after work and be sucked in by the couch monster. I'm trying to do a better job this year of making the gym a commitment!

Lindsey S said...

Brandi, I am so proud of you and happy for you. Know that your words just served as personal inspiration for me and I know it will for others. You are literally glowing! Love you much!! By the way, LOVED my Christmas card!

Brooke said...

You look beautiful! I didn't realize I wasn't following your blog, but I am now. I will definitely be around to encourage you. After all that's what new bloggy friends are for : ) Keep up the good work girl.

Amanda W. said...

YOU GO GIRL!! You and the hubs are doing it as a team and for all the right reasons and that's awesome and inspirational! Can't wait to hear about the half marathon!

Ruth said...

Way to go Brandi!!! It won't take you much longer to hit your goals.

Brittany Piper said...

GOOD FOR YALL!!!!!!!! I know the feeling as I've struggled my entire life with my weight and I know what you mean by the click. Mine clicked when I saw our engagement pictures and it was full speed ahead from there!!! Welcome to the running world and keep it up!!! I'm very proud of yall and your accomplishments b/c it's not easy by any means! :)

Tamika D. said...

LOVE the last pic! Too cute. Can't wait to hear out your upcoming marathon.

Monica Kane said...

Brandi you look awesome! Congratulations! Very inspiring blog!

Melissa said...

You look fabulous! Now I just need your motivation! :)

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