I'm so excited to announce that today is my one year anniversary on SparkPeople!
I have made so many small changes over the last 12 months and I weighed in and measured today to see what it all has amounted to, let me just say that I am shocked!
When I started I weighed 253, and now I weigh 193. That's 60 pounds folks!
I have lost 38.5 inches
I went from a size 22W to a size 12 jeans
XXL to Medium
I ran my first 5k in September and my time was 39:07. My latest time was 33:34, so I am definitely running faster!
So the question is how did I do this.
Well in some ways it was easy and some...not so much. Once I made the decision to do better for myself the changes I needed to make in my life sort of fell into place. I wasn't really a fast foodie before, but when I started tracking my food I realized that I had to be much more selective when I went that route. Drinking water wasn't a problem before but the sheer volume of water that I consume daily has changed the way I approach my day. It took a year to figure out my time management, but somehow it all just sort of snapped in place. Meal plans are thrown together on the Sundays and grocery shopping on Mondays. I am actually eating snacks now. Eating actual food that is good for you is a huge step in the right direction.
As for exercise, that was a process. I started out simply with the January Jumpstart Challenge last year, doing the 10 minute or less videos and 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week. Consistency was hard at first because my body was protesting. I had some issues with sickness and a broken toe last March, but I realized that I could still workout off my feet. Then when I got better I got Jillian Michaels and then things got serious. On top of her daily workouts I was still going to the gym and running outside. I turned into the energizer bunny by the end of summer.
It wasn't all sunshine and lollipops though. I managed to hit a lot of plateaus and I even gained back some weight, which led me to a bit of wisdom. This new lifestyle I've adopted is supposed to be challenging. If it's not challenging then you don't appreciate it when you reach a goal. I acknowledge my successes and accomplishments and it is my secret to keep going. Nothing makes me more giddy and happy with myself than doing something I've never done before or trying something on that I've never been able to fit before. It makes me love myself and it lends me the strength and fortitude to continue!
None of this was possible before Spark! None of this was possible if not for the wonderful people on here who cheered me on, who gave me advice and training plans and friendship! Thank you all so much!
I couldn't just write this and not show you the progress I've made. So here is a collage showing my progression from last January to now.