Weight Loss has changed my life

Saturday, October 16, 2010

In 2008 if someone would have told me what my life would be like in 2010 I would have laughed in their face. Never in my wildest dreams would I believe I would ever feel this happy and have this much pride in myself.

In 2007 I weighed 252 pounds and I was immensly unhappy with how I looked and how I felt. My decision to attempt to loose weight began when I was shopping that December for a pair of jeans to wear over the holidays. I got very emotional when I discovered that a 40" waist no longer fit me. Then and there in the store I swore to myself that I was going to make a change.

I made such small changes to the food I ate and when I saw that number on the scale getting smaller it pushed me to make more changes and keep the results coming. Simple things like switching full fat milk to low fat, no mayo, brown bread instead of white, baked foods not fried, diet soda in place of regular.

A month into my new lifestyle I decided to attempt something I had always feared, EXERCISE! I decided to ditch the bus home from work once a week and I walked the 4 miles home. The number on that scale kept dropping and I was feeling great. My exercise increased as I pushed my new body and discovered new limits. I was enjoy exercise and soon felt enough confidence in my body to join a gym. My eating habits changed again. As I began to research different foods online I came across Spark People. I ditched diet sodas and anything that had no nutritional value and kept them only as a special treat.

One year after my journey began I was down 50 pounds. Friends and family where shocked at how different I looked and how much happier and full of life I was. Everone wanted to know 'my weightloss secret'. I tried to give people tips on healthy eating and exercise but I told them there is no secret or quick cure. You can't just want to loose weight or get healthy, you have to do the work to achieve it. I noticed a big change in myself. I would regularly have a grin from ear to ear when I would get compliments about how well I looked. I never received compliments like that and it felt great. I wanted other people to experience this great feeling I have had since starting my new lifestyle. This feeling of achievement and pride. The feeling of having a new body and having a new outlook on life. I wanted to share 'my secret' (diet and exercise) on a professional level so in 2009 I decided to quit my full time job and get a qualification as a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. As of October 2010 I am 6 months away holding my qualification and I cannot wait to help people who were just like me 3 years previously.

I am reflecting on my journey today of all days because today I completed my first 5K. Running past that finish line was like finally reaching the top of a mountain I had been struggling up all my life and I did it! My journey continues and I am not yet at my goal weight but I know I will get there because I have the education from my training course and encouragment from like minded people here at Spark People. It hasn't always been an easy journey up that mountain, there were falls along the way but I dusted myself off and continued on because I didn't want to fall to the bottom again. Never underestimate yourself, work towards your goal, take small steps, enjoy the journey and you WILL get there.
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  • CBRICK143
    What an amazing story! So inspiring! Keep up the great work, and good luck with all your goals!

    3516 days ago
    So honest, so real and so inspiring. You definitely should blog more.

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    3553 days ago
    I love to hear such uplifting success stories. You did it the right way and you took a chance at a new career and a new path, a better path in life. So proud of you!!! Thanks for the motivation to continue plugging away with this journey!
    3556 days ago
    Great job! I could have written your before story, that's exactly how I feel lately. You're a great inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing it! emoticon
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    3582 days ago
    :) Thank you for being so motivating
    3583 days ago
    Whatta fabulous blog! Congrats on your successes! Revel in them!
    3583 days ago
    Man that was fantastic. We need you to blog more!!
    3585 days ago
    You are a great inspiration CONGRATS!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3587 days ago
  • TINKER292
    You have just inspired me to push on with my weight loss. Congratulations on your weight loss. Keep up the great work. emoticon
    3590 days ago
    Congrats on your 5K!
    Good luck on your certification and keep up the good work!!!
    3591 days ago
    Congratulations on your success! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

    3594 days ago
    Great job! Way to go! emoticon
    3594 days ago
    You look emoticon , thank you for sharing your journey.
    3595 days ago
    Thank you for your story...you really inspire me!! emoticon
    Congrats on the 5K... emoticon
    3595 days ago
  • SCOTTK3000
    very cool and inspiring, thanks!
    3595 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6171015
    I really needed that today, my scale hasn't moved for weeks and I'm so discouraged, thank you, thank you, thank you!
    3596 days ago
    Thank you for being my inspiration today and giving me hope back. If you can do it all of us can. !!! keep up the good work, you look amazing and much healthier!!! emoticon
    3596 days ago
    Congrats on the decision to make a life change for the better. Keep up the great work and just remember what your striving for!
    3597 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8603687
    Your blog has been a delight to read,what an inspiration you are.Congratulations on the transformation journey you have been on. emoticon and emoticon Your blog will help so many who are,like myself,at the beginning and are skeptical about where they will be in the next month year and etc.I am still at the part where I am just learning to eat healthier and smaller portions and increasing the veggies and fruits and doing walking.I will have to visit your blog often to keep myself focused and motivated to keep going forward no matter the road blocks and mountains that are a constant on your journey's in life.If you lived close to me I would hire you to train me,that is so emoticon that you are pursuing a career that will help others achieve there best in fitness and a healthy lifestyle. emoticon Take a bow for running your first 5k,how did it feel? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep
    on Spreading the Spark on! emoticon Diana emoticon
    3597 days ago
    What an inspiration you are to everyone! GREAT JOB! Congrats on finishing the 5k! I'm going to make that my goal for 2011! Good luck on your personal training license! emoticon
    3597 days ago
    Congrats on the 5k! What a great reminder of why we're doing what we're doing :) "It's our choices, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities"
    3598 days ago
  • EMMA2727272
    You are amazing and this is quite the motivational story!! Good for you for wanting to give back the knowledge you've learned over the past couple years!

    Congrats on the 5K as well!!
    3598 days ago
    First off...holy cow you are smokin fit!!!! Great for you and you SHOULD be proud!!!!!
    Second your blog has come to me at a great time, I am in one of my slumps...having trouble getting back on track after being ill for a bit...to date I have lost 22lbs and only have another 20 to go....but man, a slump is a slump! So reading this has just giving me a little extra oumpf that was needed to today...
    I wish you well on your journey and seriously...keep blogging, it's therapeutic!

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    3598 days ago
    Awe inspiring, uplifting story! Congratulations on your amazing transformation both inside and out. Thanks for opening up and no doubt helping so many others in doing so xx
    3598 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your story. It is very inspirational. You have really transformed yourself inside and out! congrats and Woo Hoooo!
    3598 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your story & many congratulations on your new career path. Have fun and keep being an inspirational motivator!
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    3598 days ago
  • NESSY759
    Such a wonderful story and a great motivation as i myself am struggling to get up that mountain . Thanks for sharing
    3598 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your story

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    3598 days ago
    I think your blog shares a lot of the pains and fulfillments other members go through! Very well said and congratulations on pursuing a job as a fitness instructor. I think that such a journey has the ability to change us to much, not only as to how we look, but deep down we simply "discover" a new powerful me...

    Congrats on the 5K!!! I working towards that as well!

    There is nothing in the world that can stop you from achieving anything you want now with this mindset...keep at it!
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