Sunday, November 11, 2012
I reached my 70 lbs lost marker recently. This put me under 200 (199) for the first time in almost 7 years! I was briefly under 200 when I graduated high school in January 2006 and never saw it since then. It is hard to believe I started this year weighing 269 lbs. It is scary to think I weighed even more than that at one point. Even scarier to think how close that is to 300 lbs. That isn't healthy on hardly anyone.
I know now I will never go back there. For the first time in my life I lost weight in a healthy manner, in a way that made it a lifestyle not a diet. You cannot "diet" for your whole life. You can adopt a healthy lifestyle that you will live. I am now focusing less on the scale number and more on working out and toning. I realize the number doesn't always reflect your body fat percentage. I need to definitely lessen that number opposed to the scale.
I am also making progress in overcoming my anxiety, which is all health related. It still is there but I am slowly letting go, and allowing myself to push my body a little more. So I stop being afraid to work out. It feels really good to make progress.
In this journey I have also found such a healthy supportive environment on the app Instagram. For anyone who hasn't checked it out; I would recommend it. There are so many individuals who are going through the journey just like on Spark People. Their stories are so inspirational and it reminds me much of Spark People because of the support and encouragement one receives. It helped me realize how much I want to help others and motivate them. I found the motivation in others and I want to pass along that gift.
So to everyone out there.. Keep pushing. I never thought I would get here. Never dreamed it. Before my journey I remember actually having thoughts that maybe it wouldn't be so bad to live this way for my whole life. Maybe being unhealthy and miserable was just what I had to accept. And that isn't true. It should never be accepted and one should never be complacent in their happiness, their story, or their one life. Thank you all for listening. I wish you the best of success on your journeys!