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It's January.... what can YOU accomplish for yourself this year?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I haven't been very good about taking monthly photos for the last 5 or so months, but I did take them today. And while looking at them, I couldn't help but compare it to a year ago.

At 310#, I was still quite a bit smaller than my highest weight of 420#. But I wasn't happy. I certainly wasn't healthy. And I definitely wasn't active.

On January 3, I was in line at McDonalds, and wondered if I made just one BETTER decision, if I could build on it and get back on track to losing more weight. My first act on my journey? I ordered an Egg McMuffin and diet coke WITHOUT hashbrowns. Yep, not exactly healthy fair. But it was better than it would have been. And I did build on it. The next day, after a lot of thought, I joined a gym.

I am nonathletic. I have zero balance. I had NEVER belonged to a gym. But even though I had lost WEIGHT, I didn't feel like I had made much progress toward getting FIT. That was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself and my family!


I think this was the third or forth day at the gym. I was still overwhelmed and my muscles were aching. But I was making progress. My good decisions were building on each other.

That first day, I decided not to eat the hashbrowns. Then I decided to give up my 10-12 diet pepsi per DAY habit (yes, I had a killer headache for about a week). I started drinking water (unheard of before that). I moved my body. I fed it healthy, nutritious food. I started educating myself on nutrition and fitness. I started getting honest with myself about why and how I let myself end up being 28 years old and 420#. Then I started being honest with others. These changes did not happen overnight. They were small steps that have led me down a road of progress. And the number on the scale.... I'm starting to see that as a side effect to the journey, not the main prize. The real prize in all of this is that I've earned back my self respect. I'm learning to love myself again. Not in a narcissistic way, but in a way that we were created to love, care for, and nurture our selves and our bodies. For years, I neglected and abused myself. This past year, I nurtured myself. And it hurt. There's the truth... this year was painful and hard and exhilarating and amazing. And it was one of the most worthwhile things I have EVER done. And I can not wait to finish this journey and begin the journey of maintenance.



I still have about 70# to lose. To some, that may sound like an extreme number. To me, that sounds very do-able. I guess that changed this year too. I went from thinking "Maybe I can" to just "I can".

So can you. Make a good decision. One good decision for yourself. Then build on it. emoticon
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CTMOM2KIDS 1/28/2013 10:48AM

    This is awesome!!! Congratulations for all your hard work. You are really doing an amazing job.

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CARRAND 1/23/2013 7:35PM

    You are awesome!

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LJR4HEALTH 1/23/2013 7:31PM

    emoticon you look great!

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KING_SLAYER 1/23/2013 4:08PM

    Well said! We all have to start somewhere, with some small change that can lead to other small changes until it builds up like a snowball rolling downhill. Good for you for skipping the hash browns!

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/23/2013 3:16PM

    I KNOW you can do it!!!!! emoticon

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SCCUDDLERS 1/23/2013 2:55PM

    I am so proud of you! You have done a tremendous job and I know you will keep up the hard work.

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LOVEANANIMAL 1/23/2013 11:46AM

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KWING517 1/23/2013 11:30AM

    What a fantastic journey you're on - thank you so much for sharing!!

I started much the same way - telling myself that I could do just a little and build on it from there. I don't remember the first situation, but I do remember thinking "It has to start somewhere, why not here and now?"

Today, your blog made me feel happy & excited for you, and also a little bit proud of myself for also taking that tiny first step.

Thanks for that :)

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LIVINGFREE19 1/23/2013 10:56AM

    You are definitely inspiring, Lynn!

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SUGAR0814 1/23/2013 10:47AM

    emoticon You're very inspirational! Just what I needed to start the day!

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FROMNDTOGA 1/23/2013 9:42AM

    You inspire me!
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/23/2013 8:48AM

    YOU are awesome! Congrats on your success, I have no doubt that you'll be able to lose the last 70. *HUGS*

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SCOOTERLADY1216 1/23/2013 8:31AM

    I am so glad I subscribed to your blog. This was such an inspiring story and you are an inspiration to so many of us. I loved seeing the before and after. Celebrate you today! emoticon

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KATHIC2 1/23/2013 6:58AM

  Awesome in all ways!!!!

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JACLYN07 1/23/2013 5:03AM

    Awesome!
Who would have thought not having a hash brown could lead to such results. Inspiring!
Enjoy your onward journey, seems like its a nice place to be. ;-)
We are all at different stages of the journey, nice to get a glimpse of the future.
Have a great day!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 1/23/2013 2:18AM

    Hi

Congratulations and thank you for sharing your photos

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DOVESEYES 1/22/2013 11:39PM

    Absolutely amazing what a transformation and along the way you found YOU again and I can see the care you are taking of yourself.

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123ELAINE456 1/22/2013 11:28PM

  Awesome!!! You are making Fantastic Progress. Congratulations!!!You Will Succeed in getting to Your Weight Goal. Just Keep Pushing Forward and You will be there before You know It. The Two Pictures show that You Can and Will Do It. God Bless You and Have a Super Good Day. Take Care.

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CINNAMARIE 1/22/2013 10:49PM

    You absolutely can do it and you will do it! Fantastic! Great progress and I'm so proud of you! WTG!

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KIMBERLY19732 1/22/2013 10:43PM

    Wonderful!!!

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WACFIT 1/22/2013 10:22PM

    That is an awesome testimony! So happy for you. I'm sure you will inspire many, many people. You have inspired me. Thank you!
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MILLEDGE2 1/22/2013 9:21PM

    Wow!...just...Wow!

I'm looking at your pictures and your post and saying to myself, "If she can do this, what will YOUR excuse be?"

Thank you for the kick down the road I needed today!

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AEROGIRL1594 1/22/2013 9:12PM

    You look awesome girl! I know that you can do this!! :)
xoxo,
Emma
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