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Let's Be Honest (Pic Included)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Let’s Be Honest.

Losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle is a lot of work. It’s rewarding wok but it is hard. I’m not sure that it’s something that ever gets easy, it becomes more of a habit but it’s not always an easy choice to make. Beyond those choices, there are other hurdles in the journey that we have to make it over and survive.

I’ve been keeping a secret. Nope, not here on Spark People but in real life. When I gained all my weight I became somewhat of a hermit. I had a great excuse, I was newly married with a new baby, I worked and was going to school. I was purposeful in my picture posting on facebook (headshots only taken from above with my head tilted at a certain angle.) People knew I had gained weight but I am not at all sure they knew how bad it really was or how much I really had to lose. My other secret was that I wasn’t talking about the weight I was losing except to the obvious people think Weight Watcher’s and work.

I was so ashamed of how big I was that I didn’t want any of my friends to know the exact battle I was fighting. I would come on to Spark and go to my Weight Watcher’s meetings and I would feel so proud of myself yet that was because here on the internet and in those meetings I was somewhat anonymous. You all didn’t know the other Chelle. After 15 long months I realized the final leg of my journey had to be overcoming that embarrassment that I felt from the mass amount of weight I had lost and how big I had allowed myself to get. I know that I have to overcome those things to get to a pace of peace with my body issues.

So what have I done? I’ve come out of the closet about my weight loss. I’ve started a business. I decided to sell beach body products (nope I’m not blogging to sell but you can feel free to email me about it) because I never stepped into the gym on this journey. I have walked, run and used beachbody DVD”s to sweat these pounds off. I also started a facebook page that proudly displays my accomplishments for the entire world to see.

My next step is actually telling my husband what I weigh. I’ve always been embarrassed because I weigh more than him and now I need to own it. My point is that we have to embrace and be proud of ourselves in every spot of our lives and not just online. Maybe this isn’t your issue but if you’ve lost the weight I have or if you are still struggling to lose similar issues will arise. Work on them because you are worth the effort.

If you need added support please join me on facebook or email me here. I try to always respond. I have stumbled upon so many things that have helped me such as beach body, weight watchers and SPARK that I really believe we must take all the help we can get to fight this fight. Oh and here is an updated picture of me, taken just this morning.

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    Thanks so much for sharing!!!!! U look terrific!!!!
    2122 days ago
    You look fantastic. Good on you for "coming out" about your weight. I think sometimes others don't realise what's right in front of them and it's good to put a value on it. If you've lost 10 lbs, say you've lost 10 lbs. Others are more likely to be impressed and admiring than judgemental about where you've come from. Go Chelle, blazing a trail, like a gorgeous commet lighting up our lives. emoticon
    2126 days ago
    You look amazing! Congrats on your success!
    2131 days ago
    YOU GO GIRL!!!! Way to own it!!! I'm so happy for you!!!!!!
    2145 days ago
  • FITAT50
    You've done amazing and are an inspiration to so many! I am beaming every week when I post your weight, I am so proud of you, can't wait to celebrate your "beach body" with you! Congrats on your new venture, no doubt you will have great success!
    2154 days ago
    You are looking so good. Keep up the good. And, congrats on your big step forward!!
    2154 days ago
  • DRKEYEZ820
    What a true inspiration, thank u so much for sharing a part of ur journey with us. U look amazing, congrats on all your success and hard work!
    2154 days ago
  • LCDM83
    Chelle- You inspire me every day! You've taken big steps on your journey! Best wishes for a successful adventure with BB and the rest of your journey.
    2154 days ago
    I feel your pain on the FB pics. :-( BB has made a HUGE difference in my life! Love those workouts.
    Way to go on the epiphany - keep up the good work! emoticon
    2154 days ago
  • DEE797
    You look Terrific! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Wishing you continued success on journey! emoticon
    2154 days ago
    good for you love for taking the bull hby the horn so to speak.so proud of you.wish sometimes i was on facebook but only sometimes love.keep on keepping on you are doing great emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2154 days ago
    You are looking amazing....keep up the awesome work! It's always tough to tell the spouse what you weigh. I had that issue, I did it and now it's just a number to him and doesn't change how he feels about me. emoticon
    2154 days ago
    You are amazing ;)
    2154 days ago
    Congratulations on your success and on your new business venture. I've used some Beachbody products for working out, TurboJam and Turbo Fire, but lately I've been taking Zumba classes at my gym and doing the dvd's as well. I just "liked" your page on facebook.
    2154 days ago
  • DWOOD86
    Not only have you been amazingly successful, but you look phenomenal! Congrats to you!! emoticon
    2154 days ago
    emoticon You've made an awesome journey. emoticon on overcoming obstacles and being successful with your journey. emoticon job.
    2154 days ago
    Looking great Chelle! I noticed the links in your sig line a day or two ago and right away went to like your FB page so I can be inspired every day by the great tips you have. You've come so far and even with all of the weight you've lost you are still finding obstacles to overcome and doing it with such grace. You are amazing girl, amazing!
    2154 days ago
    You look amazing! I commend you on addressing the above issues. I know it's tough.

    2154 days ago
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