I have always been on the heavy side but I remember vowing to myself in high school that I would NEVER weigh over 200 pounds…when I got on the scale right before I moved for college, I weighed in at 199. It’s crazy how seeing that number didn’t trigger me to proceed with caution. After my first semester of college, I was already up to 230 pounds and I have been struggling with my weight ever since. When I think about how long I have been yo-yoing with my weight, it makes me sad. I broke my weight promise to myself back in 2005 and 12 years later I am still trying to lose the weight!
At the beginning of this year I told myself that this would be my year (the same way that I tell myself every year). I decided that consistency was going to be my focus for this year and I got a trainer at the end of March/beginning of April. Since then my body has transformed tremendously. Rolls from my back are disappearing, my face fat is melting away, my body now fits into XL shirts comfortably and my thighs now fit into a size 18 instead of 22.
At the beginning of this year I weighed 256.6 pounds and today, according to my trainer’s scale, I am 225. I have lost 31 pounds and could not be more proud of myself. Could I have lost more weight during this time? Sure. But I had a lot of changes to make. I had to relearn how to eat and I am slowly learning how to cook my own meals and snacks instead of eating processed foods. I went from eating out at least twice a week to eating out only a few times a month and I am striving to eat out less as time goes by. I am losing my weight slowly and finally, for me, that is OK.
My second greatest motivation for losing the weight is my family. They want to see me win this fit battle and I plan on eventually pulling them with me. As they see changes in me I pray that they make changes within themselves. My greatest motivation for losing the weight is that I honestly believe that this is what the Lord is requiring of me at this point in my life. My body is a temple and that means that I must treat it with love and the best care. A temple is sacred, the Lord literally dwells there and it is my responsibility to make sure that it is as clean, healthy and something that represents him well.
So, here is to me!!! My first official weigh in week. I am currently 225 with hopes of being at least 223 by next week. The only person who can make sure that I achieve my goal is ME! My plan for this week is to not eat any sweets and workout at least 5 times. Pray for me and check back next week to see if I actually hit my goals.
Until next time!