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I am half the woman I used to be!

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

As of this morning I am down to 160 pounds! I started at 320 pounds in May 2011, so it took me about 2 years. My two year Sparkversary is May 28th, so I made it with 10 days to spare. I am doing the 5% challenge, and to get to my 5% I need to get to about 154 pounds, but once I do I am calling it quits with weight loss and embarking on the new adventure of maintenance. I am soooooo excited. I never thought I could actually achieve this kind of success. I take that back... once I reached my first goal of 225 I was pretty sure I could get to a healthy BMI. I think the biggest key to my success has been keeping the whole process low pressure. I set and reached small goals on a regular basis, but I started out slow. I remember that two years ago walking around the block was a difficult task for me. I need to remember that struggle to keep myself on track in maintenance.

I have read and heard over and over that maintenance is even harder than losing weight, but I think that if I apply the same determination and tenacity to this new adventure then I can successfully maintain my weight. I definitely don't intend to waste all this hard work! I plan on continuing to work hard. I have been working on a fitness streak for a while now. I am on Day 606 of 2 hours or more (usually more) of exercise every single day. I plan to continue that streak at least until the two year mark. I guess I can safely say that exercise has become a habit for me, huh?!

I have plans to go kayaking with my middle brother and my oldest niece today, and tomorrow I have plans to go hiking with my older brother. I have discovered that I love being outdoors. That is a HUGE change for me. Two years ago there were weeks and weeks when I didn't set foot outside my apartment. So, I have gone from being a veritable shut-in who was extremely sedentary and morbidly obese, to being an active, fit, slender individual. What a relief it is not to be carrying all that weight around with me everywhere. I am now officially half the woman I used to be!
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