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1 year and The New Me; A Gluten Free Walking Addict

Friday, August 23, 2013

So I’m so excited about whats going on in my life that I can hardly contain it. I was going to wait until the year anniversary of my Gluten Free Adventure which is about 2 weeks away, but now is close enough!

A year ago- and you can read that journey on my blog under Being Tam, I decided at 215 lbs, enough was enough. I felt gross and miserable. I was a gluten-a-holic. And a fitLESS wife. I’ve been trying on and off to become healthy for years now, and I was about to give up as all I saw was lbs increasing steadily.

Well I’m here to tell ya folks, it can be done. Pursuit of a fulfilling healthy life is attainable. To overcome obstacles is the most rewarding, beneficial endeavor you can imagine. When you realize the strength that your soul contains- its a remarkable enlightenment that will change your life.

I’ve tried and failed for years…but one thing i have learned through inspiration of others is to take the failures of today and turn them into tomorrows triumphs.

After about 8 months of focusing on my diet alone, with a gluten-free lifestyle, I decided to step it up and do something else to shock my body, mind and spirit. I started stepping, thanks to a pedometer my work gave me. I started with a goal of 6,000 steps a day for 5 days a week, which is 30,000 steps a week. Well that quickly changed as my mind, and body realized it wasn’t a chore anymore. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Then I began to look forward to my walks. I started walking to work 3 to 4 times a week. I’ve been doing that 2 months now. It is appx 6 miles to work. It takes me 2 hours to get there.. Some days I walk home. I listen to music, I listen to audio books, and podcasts on various topics like marriage, family life, devotions etc. I use it often as my prayer time. I have taken over a 1000 pictures of incredible sunrises, and natural works of art. And it starts my day feeling relaxed and revived. Now, I have exceeded my goal and for 2 months straight I have an average of 32 miles a week, and 80,000 Steps. Walking to work… has transformed my life.

To date since a year ago September, I have lost 24.2 lbs. With a goal of 45 lbs, I am over halfway there, and I have lost it in a healthy manner. I also have seen my body loose inches and watch fat turn to muscle which is a process, and I am happy I have been patient and I have learned to appreciate other things than the scale alone. I appreciate my husband’s loving comments, praise and encouragement, I appreciate the comments I receive from people I haven’t seen in a while who have noticed a difference. I appreciate the fact that people have let me know they are inspired by the changes I have made. I appreciate the fact that I have been consistent and have persevered through hard times on this journey. I am thrilled I can wear clothes that used to make me cry and now can wear them and feel beautiful. I actually like my body more and more! I love that I was able to challenge a friend on a weight loss journey for 8 weeks and win:) and then travel together on an epic journey changing our lives together. My cholesterol has decreased and I know my heart is happy. My emotional stability and depression have dramatically changed. Migraines are non-existent and the chronic fatigue I’ve had since I was a teenager, also 80% fixed. All these things out “weigh” the scale. But now, even the scale is cooperating!

I know now that when my life comes up against adversity, I can handle the overwhelming endeavor. I already know that my life is a mountain… it just means I have another obstacle to get to the top. And every obstacle I overcome, makes the next one that much easier, because I am stronger the further I climb. They say that exercise, or sports teaches discipline. It is so beyond that. It causes us reach down to the depths of our being and create change, when change feels impossible. It encourages us to have the courage to live our lives and never let our lives, discourage us.
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