This is been a long road for me, with great moments of failure and victory.
The heaviest pic was taken in 2004; that's the side by side with 75lbs weight loss.
I indicated the dates on the pics because I do not want to misrepresent the amount of time this process has taken me.
Since April of this year, I have been SIGNIFICANTLY different in my approach to health & fitness. Consistency, commitment, conviction. 3 words that made the difference for me.
Failing to be consistent is a definite way to sabotage your health and fitness goals.
Failing to commit to the work, to making the hard choices, to getting back on treackc when you fall short, to becoming your best self is a definite way to sabotage your health and fitness goals.
Failing to hold true to your personal convictions about why YOU need to improve your health is a definite way to sabotage your health and fitness goals.
I know this because I have lived through cycles and seasons of yo-yo dieting, weight loss relapses, and excuses for not taking care of myself.
When my doctor told me in April that she was going to prescribe blood pressure meds for me due to my weight and high BP... I finally said, enough is enough. I asked her to give me some time to get it together and I started running like my life depended on it. Why? Simply put, my life depended on me making radical changes. Check out my blog entitled "Update from the Doctor's office..."
I'm pretty transparent... Check out my earlier blog posts, you'll see that some light bulbs started to go off for me:
Title: "My 1st timed 5k... 45 days til RIDGE RUN" Epiphany Quote: "When I see other people jogging or running, I often think "I wish I could run like that". Wishing won't make it happen, but I believe that I can do it if I try."
Title: "My 2nd timed 5k... developing new habits" Epiphany Quote: "I want to reset my response to stress. You know, develop a new habit to replace the bad habit of emotional eating. So, I figured..."Stress-filled day? Run a 5K!"
Title: "Life-time change investments vs. Short-term change spending, #2" Epiphany Quote: "It's not about how fast you progress, It's not about how much you progress, It's ONLY about whether you PROGRESS."
Favorite runner's Bible verse: "the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all." (Ecc 9:11).
I share all this to say, be encouraged. This is a journey, not a trip. This is a lifestyle change, not a fad. This is an investment in the overall quality of your life, not a 'get-slim-quick' pyramid scheme. You are worth every sacrifice, drop of sweat, step, strain, etc... YOU CAN DO THIS!
My "13 in 2013" Completed Race Categories 5k/7k/8k/10k/1/2 marathon
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