GOAL 3: Continue on my health and weight loss journeyThis 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.
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
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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 stop. 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!