Today marks my one-year anniversary of embarking on a lifestyle change aimed at making me more healthy, and shed some pounds in the process. Woohoo!
I was on a scale vacation for February. I set a goal of getting rid of 3 pounds in February. Not too high, because I didn't want to be unrealistic, especially considering I'm doing more weight training now. For the month of February, I shed 3.2 pounds, so I met that goal. Yay!
Since March 1, 2012, I have released 63 pounds, and many, many inches. (Next week will be measurement week, since I didn't take them immediately at the start.) I have gone from a size 22/24 jeans to a size 10. (!) I have gone from a 3x shirt to a M, sometimes a L depending. My ring size has dropped; I can't wear any of my rings now. Heck, even my shoes seem to be bigger now.
The more shocking number: I have released 97 pounds from my highest (recorded) weight in 2005. So close to 100...but in reality, I've probably already reached that because I know my highest actual weight was more than what was recorded in 2005. I just never wanted to know. At the highest recorded weight, I was wearing 26/28 pants and 3x/4x shirts. Mind boggling.
I still have a bit longer to go. I have a goal weight set, and I will reach that after getting rid of 27 more pounds. However, if I reach half of that and feel it's appropriate for my body, I will stop. I don't think my goal is unrealistic, so I don't think that'll happen, but I am trying to be realistic.
I have learned so many things over the past year. Fad diets = a joke. (Dr. Oz = a quack.) There is no magic wand. Or magic pill. Weight loss happens with dedication, hard (HARD!) work, and perseverance. Have I made mistakes over the past year? Certainly. I'm human. But I picked myself back up each time and KEPT GOING. I have learned that I can accomplish things I never thought I could accomplish. This has started carrying over into my everyday life a little, though my self-esteem issues are still very present and get in the way.
And I have learned that I couldn't have done it without the support of my boyfriend, my family, and YOU, my friends. Thank you all so much for your support, encouragement, and love.