141 lbs in 12 months!

Then to Now!

Today I had my one year weigh in since I started Weight Watchers Online. What a year it has been for me. I couldn’t be happier with my one year results. I lost weight at a healthy rate, I had a ton of fun along the way and changed my life forever. My life today doesn’t resemble my life on January 12th, 2014. I changed the channel last night and came across the make over reveal for this season’s Biggest Loser. One lady looked at her old self and said it was embarrassing and then looked at her new self and said she needed to get to know that person, she didn’t recognize herself. That is very similar to me.  When I first found my before picture for this blog, I was horrified that I had looked like that. When I look at that picture, I see a person that was in a dark, lonely place who had given up on life. It made me sad that I had settled to live like that. On the flip side, I look at me now and at times find myself studying the photo trying to recognize that person. It’s a weird feeling to look in the mirror or at a photo and not instinctively recognize your own self.

My starting weight was 378 lbs, my current weight is 237 lbs.  So far I have lost 141 lbs in total.  I have also lost a total of 158 cm and down 10 dress sizes.  My goal is to hit 200 lbs, but now with that weight in sight I can start to try and wrap my brain around the idea of hitting 175 lbs, which is what “they” say is my ideal weight for my height.  🙂 Well, we will see.  I am just thrilled to be getting closer to a slim me.

One of the best parts of my lifestyle change is how much it has motivated and inspired those around me. Several of my friends and family are trying to make an effort to also make healthier choices, several have lost weight even. My own family is a much healthier as well. We are all more active, we all walk around at a lighter weight, with the exception of my growing 12 year old boy of course. When I asked my husband what the best part of my weight loss has been for him, he said it is the ability to go out and be active together.

I can now do so many things that I couldn’t do a year ago. I can physically go on hikes, run an 8K road race, participate in any sport I want to, go to hot yoga, I ice skated for the first time in about 20 years. I still have lots of things on my list that I would like to do this year like, fly somewhere (without needing a seat belt extension), ride a bike, kayak, zip-line, go horseback riding but at least when the budget allows I am no longer limited by my size, which is awesome!  I am thrilled that I no longer have the automatic response, “I can’t do that”, I am now saying “what can I do?”.  The limitations that being overweight puts on a person is so sad. It’s such a waste of valuable “life time”.

My next immediate goal is to hit 220 lbs by my March 6th weigh in. I have several running events already booked for the spring so it’s onward and downward for me! 🙂

For those have not yet started their journey and maybe feel like it’s too hard and too late.  I say “Love yourself, the joy is in the journey. It goes a lot easier and faster than what you are thinking right now”.

Thank you all for taking this journey with me.  Life is Great!

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