We all make daily choices, some easy some not so easy. In this blog we hope to help fuel those daily choices with content that is relatable, positive, and even humorous sometimes. Yes, we have made great strides in weight loss and health and are happy to help anyone who reaches out, but all in all, we hope to just be a light in your day.
Weight issues can be a very difficult and private struggle. While I share many photos of food and progress I also want to “keep it real”, even though this is embarrassing. It might seem odd to some but if you know what I’m talking about, you “know” what I’m talking about!
I haven’t been able to comfortably or easily cross my legs (due to fat thighs) for quite some time. In the past few years I’ve had to swing one leg over and then pull it the rest of the way using the pant leg.
Not anymore! I was thrilled to find, besides my boots fitting better, I can now cross my legs comfortably with no tugging on the pant leg!
Please ignore the muddy floor mats, winter has been long. 😊
Note: Post originally written in March. Just didn’t publish it here until now. Some weight subjects are just more embarrassing to admit.
Today, I didn’t buy the pants I liked because they didn’t have my size…they were all too big!!! Then I found the jean skirts and decided I feel comfortable enough (at this new size) to wear one now. You guys!!!! I purchase a single digit size!!! I’m not sure when I was last this size…maybe in high school.
Pictured are the jeans I wore when I started my journey (January 30) and the size skirt that now fits. It zips comfortably but I might not wear it in public for a week or so just to make sure it fits well. What’s a week compared to where I started just 3 months ago?
It is so true… “What we resist persists…”. The original statement by Psychologist Carl Jung is “What you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.”
If you think about it, what we resist are usually things that make us uncomfortable or embarrassed, yet if we would just find a way to tackle those things they would no longer be a roadblock or obstacle in our lives.
My friend, Andrea, recently said, “When you hit the wall of resistance…Look for the stairs!”
For a long time, I resisted sharing my weight loss struggles with anyone and the number on the scale slowly crept higher. It was a part of my life that I felt like a failure in. Once I started to share my journey (which was not easy for me), I found that I was not alone and that there were others that struggled as much or even more than I did. I also realized that this was not something I was failing at, I just had not found the “stairs” that led to the right path for me.
Once I stopped resisting and started sharing, the world opened up to so many new opportunities; one of the most rewarding is being a health coach. I am now able to help others find the “stairs” to their optimal health journey.
People always wonder what we have been eating, these past few months, to lose so much weight so quickly. We actually eat often and quite a variety of foods. These are only a few of the things we eat! Including those yummy chocolate waffles with PB2 and Almond Reddi Wip.
In the interest of living this journey out loud…Yes, I made choices over a weekend, that impacted my weight (+2.9 lbs). Did I panic and quit? Nope! In the past I would have. I got back to the choices I know work and expecting it to take 2 weeks to lose those pounds (past thinking) it only took a few days and by the end of this week I’ve said goodbye to an extra few!
I hardly recognize the person in the photo on the left. I hadn’t looked too closely at that photo until today. It makes me sad to think that I looked and felt so poorly for so long. The differences between the two photos are more than just weight loss. In the first photo I felt hopeless thinking, “Why am I taking these photos anyway they are only going to be a reminder of how I failed at weight loss, yet again.” But now, looking at the photo on the right I wish I could go back and tell the girl in the photo on the left, “It’s going to be ok! It’s not going to be like every other failed attempt at weight loss! You are going to see changes that you have only dreamed of, in a time frame that will surprise you! You will sleep better, you won’t shy away from people anymore, and you will be so grateful for this gift and knowledge that you will want everyone to experience this feeling! You will be sharing your story and even this photo on social media because you will want to provide the hope and inspiration that others provided for you!” Had I been told these words the day that first photo was taken, I would have thought someone was totally out of their gourd! There was no way I was going to do any of those things…especially post that first photo on social media! Today is 2 months since I began this journey. I am now a COPE (Center for Obesity Prevention and Education) Certified Health Coach, I am helping others on their own health journey, and yes, I am sharing that first photo. I can also say that I will not miss any of the 25 pounds, that I’ve said goodbye to, because they carried more weight than they were worth.