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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FITFOODIE806 7/1/2011 9:33AM

    holy moly! You have come so far. The little pink dress is amazing. Go you!!!

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    Warrior on pretty princess - warrior on!

- Michelle

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    Woohoo!!! :) Congrats on your success!

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GAELENEC 7/1/2011 8:22AM

    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!

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LAURIE-RN 7/1/2011 6:29AM

    Awesome blog! I love the comparisons between then and now. I can here the motivation in your words. You look wonderful! emoticon

Laurie emoticon

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JENNSWIMS 6/30/2011 11:54PM

    Fantastic Post!!!!!

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

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