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Declaration of Independence (Warrior Pride DIY Challenge)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

My declaration of independence will be reminding myself where I am now compared to where I was.

Pre-Pregnancy at approximately 240 pounds (I am 5'7"):

Me post-pregnancy at approximately 265-270 pounds (August 2009):

Not my most recent picture, but pretty close to how I look right now (maybe a little more jiggly in my tummy now) at 160:

My weight when I first started my journey in 2009: 286 pounds

My weight when I started this challenge: 168.8

Lowest weight: 158 (I refuse to count the 152 I saw when I was sick).

This time 2 years ago I could not walk more than 30 feet without being seriously short of breath.

Now, I have run numerous races including the 5K, 7K, 8K, 10K, and half marathon. I love running, and do plan on running another half marathon in the fall, and maybe a full marathon a year from then.

This time 2 years ago I was in a size 24.

Now, I am still comfortably in a size 10 (I was at 8 for a while).

This time 2 years ago I was scared about how much weight I had to lose.

Now, I am finally freeing myself of the fear of weight that I have never lost before, at least that I recall (my lowest weight I remember seeing as a teen was 165).

This time 2 years ago I hated the idea of going to the gym.

Now, I miss the gym if I skip a day. I have my own little family there! Shout outs to Julie, Shawn, Mare, Barb, Cindy, Noel, Boop, Steve, Linda, Kerri, and so many others! You notice when I am gone, and that sure makes me feel loved!!

This time 2 years ago food was more important than me.

Now, I still find myself reminding myself that it is not, that it is fuel, but I am more successful now than I ever was before!

This time 2 years ago I was reluctant to let go of my last "crutch" that I used to deal with stress - comfort/emotional eating. Before, I had other addictions that sufficed including smoking and gambling. I have not smoked since October 2, 2006. I have not gambled since February 26, 2004.

Now, I know there are healthier ways to deal with stress, namely running ;o}

My journey has been a long one, folks, but it will be ongoing for the rest of my life. It doesn't stop beause you lose all the weight. That's when the fun starts ;o} Of course, I haven't lost all my weight. I have 10-20 pounds to go, maybe even 30. Does that scare me anymore? No, because I just need to believe in myself, and to become independent of my food addiction.

I am a warrior.
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    holy moly! You have come so far. The little pink dress is amazing. Go you!!!
    1945 days ago
    Warrior on pretty princess - warrior on!

    - Michelle
    1945 days ago
    Woohoo!!! :) Congrats on your success!
    1945 days ago
    I am absolutely in awe of all the progress you have made; and you know what amazes me the most, right after the incredible body changes?

    The difference in your smile.

    In the almost-current pic, your smile and face are more confident, more in control of yourself; in the prior pics, you look a little...almost apologetic. Does that make sense?

    You are totally looking fantastic! What an incredible change you've made. Wow!
    1945 days ago
    Awesome blog! I love the comparisons between then and now. I can here the motivation in your words. You look wonderful! emoticon

    Laurie emoticon
    1945 days ago
    Fantastic Post!!!!!

    Your success makes me believe it is possible for me, too!
    1946 days ago
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