Thursday, December 27, 2012
This year is coming to an end and I have so much to be thankful for.
I started my weight loss journey in April.. and I've lost 71 pounds so far. This is equal to the weight of my 2 kids combined. My son is 6 years old.. and my daughter is 4 years old.
October I did lose my job.. but I have enjoyed the time with my family. And luckily Jeremy was able to find a job quickly.. and it has turned into a full time position as of Christmas Eve. He started as on-call.
November and December were filled with Holidays.. and lots of birthdays, including Levi's Nov 4th, and Exandria's December 22nd. I've enjoyed the time with family and friends. Right now I am enjoying my kids Winter Break from school. There is nothing better than quality time with my family. Of course Christmas was amazing for us. The kids got plenty of toys and games to play. They are definitely spoiled. But I have also been telling them the importance of Christmas. I tell them it is Jesus's birthday, it is about spending time with family, and it's more about giving than receiving. Most kids these days don't understand the importance of Christmas.. and that to me is sad.
I have learned many things since I started my REAL weight loss journey. Many times I have tried and failed. I think the biggest issue was that I always looked at how far I had to go, how much time it'd take to lose seemed like forever, and how little it seemed like I was losing at a time. I've learned that the little amounts all lead up to bigger amounts.. and I'm ok with that.
I've also learned not to get down on myself when I don't lose anything or if I have a little gain. In the end, the only thing that will matter is that I kept to my journey and didn't give up. The number on the scale does not define me.
I've learned that the more I lose and the more I move, the more energy I get and the more I want to be active.
I've learned to eat better quality foods and to limit (NOT RESTRICT) junk foods. This is a huge thing for me.. because I still like sweets and I know if I say I can't eat them.. I will binge when I do eat them.
One of the biggest things I've learned is that I NEED Spark People. While it wouldn't be IMPOSSIBLE to lose weight without it, I don't think I would l lose near as much.. or be half as successful I am without it. I have some of the most amazing supporters and I know that when I'm having an off day.. there will always be someone there.