|BEFORE: March 20th, 2009 - 268 pounds|
During those three years, I did end up struggling a lot. I had a lot of setbacks and plateaus and even a pregnancy thrown into the mix. But I never once gained more than 12 pounds back (except during the pregnancy, which I managed to gain just enough weight to have a healthy baby - and I lost the weight as soon as Ben was born).
Today is my 3 year anniversary since I decided to change my life and I'm so proud to say that I stepped on the scale this morning and weighed 169.6. Yep, that's right!
|AFTER: March 9th, 2011 - 169.6 pounds|
I have officially lost more than 100 pounds!
100.4 pounds, to be exact. ;)
I have been so close to this pivotal milestone so many times but I could never quite get there. I am so happy to say that I FINALLY did it! And it's kind of nice that it happened on my 3 year anniversary. I wish it hadn't taken so long, but the fact that I DID IT is really all that matters. :)
Some Things I've Learned in the Last Three Years:
- Sweating isn't so bad. It actually feels good, because it's proof that you have busted your ass.
- Clothes shopping is waaay more fun when you have more to choose from then just muumuu's and old lady clothes.
- Exercise won't kill me.
- Healthy food CAN taste good and tastebuds can change. In the last few years, I've eaten a lot of things I probably would never have tried had I not decided to make some lifestyle changes. In fact, I even like things that repulsed me as a child.
- Diet is a bad word. Diet is a temporary fix for a permanent problem. If you're not willing to make the changes for a lifetime, then you'll yo yo. A lot.
- Black is not the only color that looks good on me.
- When you lose weight, your feet can shrink. I went from wearing a 8.5 or a 9 (depending on the shoe) to wearing a 7.5.
- Exercise has kept me off antidepressants for nearly 3 years. I still have my depression episodes, but they aren't as bad, nor as frequent as before.
- Truly, the longer it takes you to lose the weight, the more likely you are to keep it off. I managed to keep losing (slowly) or maintaining for 3 years.
- If I'd learned all of these things before I let it get way out of hand, I wouldn't be facing $20,000 worth of uninsured cosmetic surgery (just to fix my abdominal area, my thighs and my butt). This is kind of a negative point for this post, I suppose, but it is something to think about...