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My Journey Thus Far (couple of pics)


Friday, November 30, 2012

My Journey Thus Far

Today I have been thinking about my journey, (as I do every day) but instead of thinking of how far I have yet to go, I am looking at just how far I have come.

I started an excel chart about a year ago, and it is so rewarding to see the steady downward progress. I can see where I started with my weight and BMI – in the morbidly obese category at almost 50% body fat. Unbelievable. And now I am just shy of 70lbs lighter and now in the lower half of only “obese” and about 20lbs away from just being overweight :) Even more unbelievable.

I had lost almost 30lbs before I ever took a measurement. So since my very first measurement on January 18th 2012, my waist alone is 12 inches smaller. I can't even imagine how large it actually was. I still have the pants in this picture, from when I think I was my all time heaviest, and they are 6 sizes larger than the jeans I wore yesterday. Yes jeans and not a stretchy pants or sweat pants :)



I had a slow summer. I think I gained a lot of knowledge though, knowledge that I can use to maintain for a lifetime. So it was not a total loss but I do get disappointed that I did not make as much progress as I had hoped. There is always a bright side though. Like maybe losing more slowly my skin will be more forgiving. I have totally changed my lifestyle of eating, so it is not like a diet to lose all this weight and then not know about nutrition and how to keep it off. I have learned what works for me and what doesn't. I have learned to pay more attention so I know sooner when I need to shake things up. One thing I am, is persistent but I need to realize when it is time to try something else even if only minor or temporary. So I did learn how to become more in tune and more observant of my own body and not be afraid to try something different.

I guess I just thought I would be there by now. And I am not even sure where “there” is. I don't really have a goal weight, but I do have an ideal range I guess. I dont really have a jean size in mind. I guess I figured I would see what I look like when I get there, but I do feel like “there” is about another 70lbs away. So I am half way “there”.

It has been an amazing journey so far. Highs and lows. Happy days and frustrating days. But I have NEVER lost sight of my goals of being healthier. I have NEVER thought that I could not do this. I have NEVER thought about giving up and quitting. NEVER. Every day is progress, every day is one step closer even though it looks like two steps back. Even those steps that appear to be backwards, I learned from that which means that I am then taking steps to get me even closer than I was before.

So when I have the days of why am I not there sooner? Why am I not there yet? -- I think of how far I have come. I think that it won't be all that much longer that my sleep apnea is a thing of the past. My blood pressure is good. My cholesterol is good. My triglycerides are good. I was borderline diabetes as well as all the usual diseases associated with obesity. I have successfully reversed all that. I have successfully reversed my early death sentence of dying too young from being too fat. I did that. I DID that! I did THAT!

I.DID.THAT!!!

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35ANGELS 11/30/2012 3:42PM

    Awesome job emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 11/30/2012 3:42PM

    Keep up the GREAT work!

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FORMERFATGUY777 11/30/2012 3:17PM

    You're doing great. Keep up the good work.

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NEWKARA27 11/30/2012 3:10PM

    GREAT JOB! Congratulations! emoticon

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MISSKELEBEK 11/30/2012 3:09PM

    emoticon I think just learning about nutrition alone is one of the best things about this website and look how much it has helped you :) You are looking awesome and you have made great progress on your journey!!!!!!

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NORWOODGIRL 11/30/2012 3:07PM

    I think it is your child voice that repeats, "Am I there yet? Am I there yet?" It is your proud woman voice that states, "Look what I've done. Look how far I've come".

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NESARIAN 11/30/2012 3:05PM

    You have made great strides and so much to be proud of! Congrats!

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KELTIC-CARA 11/30/2012 3:04PM

    Great blog Melinda and very inspirational. We should take time to see how far we have come, to realise what we have achieved and be proud of it. My wardrobe has never seen a pair of jeans, my body has never worn a pair of jeans. But one day it will.

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BIGPAWSUP 11/30/2012 2:39PM

    Absolutely awesome blog. I am so happy and proud for you! You are fantastic and I know you will "get there"

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CAGMUAHFO2 11/30/2012 2:26PM

    Awesome blog!!! You have a wonderful attitude and the best outlook on life!! I think at times we all forget about how far we have come and get fixated on how far we still have to go. I know I am guilty of that. Keep up the amazing work and you will reach your goals!!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/30/2012 1:54PM

    I think you are doing amazing and your photos prove it!

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HEYITSLISA 11/30/2012 1:50PM

    OMG with few minor changes I could have written this blog! Mind if I cut paste it? emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 11/30/2012 1:29PM

    awesome! So good to focus on how well you're doing. A positive attitude works.
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SADWHITEWOLF 11/30/2012 1:25PM

    I need to try and keep my attitude this positive.
You did do that!

I have been slow too but like you I am learning things.

Most importantly I am learning that these changes are her to stay.


We can do it.
We did it.
We can keep on doing it!

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JENGOJENGO 11/30/2012 1:15PM

  Great blog!

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GREAT BLOG, emoticon FOR SHARING.
HUGS
LISE

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/30/2012 12:58PM

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It's hard to keep "slow & steady" in mind because we all want to be healthy & skinnier RIGHT NOW! but slow & steady IS the best way to do it. As long as your not gaining you are making progress, even plateaus have their place in the process.

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DALID414 11/30/2012 12:57PM

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JACKIE542 11/30/2012 12:54PM

    Truly amazing, you are doing a great job! emoticon

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JURASSICSUE 11/30/2012 12:53PM

    Well done! I'm so pleased for you. When I read stories like yours it inspires me to keep going because I can't imagine how excited I will be when I reach my goal but reading your blog makes me want to get there.
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KJELLYBEAN15 11/30/2012 12:53PM

    Woo-hoo. You have done something most people can only dream of doing. Congratulations.

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AEROBISAURUS 11/30/2012 12:53PM

    Awesome! What a great feeling to sit back, look and enjoy all the progress you've made! All of that awesomeness came from within you! You are strong and beautiful! emoticon

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STODD251 11/30/2012 12:49PM

    Wow! It is so amazing that you have done this.

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GABY1948 11/30/2012 12:49PM

    You HAVE come a long way! GREAT blog!

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FITORFATNURSE 11/30/2012 12:43PM

    You've accomplished so much!! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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