Before or After? The choice is Yours!!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Hi Spark friends!!
Well my weigh in today's shows a plateau once again. Ahhhh I enjoyed the last two loss weigh in's but it is what it is. It is the scale's measure of my progress showing me a zero loss for the week. But......I know I have to be making progress in other ways because I feel good and continue to eat healthy and exercise regularly. Progress to me is NOT gaining! I always keep in mind that the scale is NOT the tell all, know all ,of how we are doing. So I am okay with a zero loss and zero gain.
Well this is the week I said I was leaving my comfort zone to post my before and after photo's even though I am not at goal yet. I chose to do this in hopes that spark friends can see that we CAN do this and that eating healthy and exercising WILL make changes for all of US. I have never liked being in pictures because I do not photograph well and I always felt so self conscience about my weight. I took this before picture last year. I was sitting on a couch in my usual black (trying to hide the weight) color I wore a lot.I am with two other people and I take up all the room. Ugggggh! It is my motivation to NEVER let myself get that way again. It reminds me of how bad I felt, how unhappy with myself I was, my state of denial, all the excuses I made, how I had zero energy, all the horrible things that come with letting myself go like that. I like the way I feel now so much better. So I chose to not forget what it was like to have done what I did to myself in the past as a reminder of why I need to continue my healthy lifestyle. So here is my horrific photo of before.......
Now here I am just 8 months later and 53 pounds lighter feeling so much better and healthier. This was taken just yesterday.
Clearly a difference. The reason for me to do this is because I want ALL of us to know it IS possible to change our size and our health. We do NOT have to be overweight unhealthy people who are ashamed of how we look and with no energy and unhappy and in pain, and have continual health problems because we are not taking care of ourselves. Only YOU and YOU ALONE have the power and complete control to make this happen and become a healthier and happier you. We are so lucky to have this site and all the wonderful people here to go through the journey with us. But it IS up to us to follow through and do what needs to be done to make the changes happen for us.
Don't choose to be the before me. I wasted so many years not doing a thing to change the way I was living. I want you to do it for yourself NOW. Do NOT put off for tomorrow what needs to be done and CAN be done TODAY! I wish I had knowledge of this site and access to all of you wonderful spark friends years ago. I wish I had not wasted so much time living in a unhealthy body with a miserable state of mind.
So lets all take advantage of what we have here and the wonderful people and support here and DO THIS NOW for yourselves. I plan on continuing my journey. I have 4 pounds to go until I reach the goal I set for myself. According to my BMI because of my height, I am only 5'31/2" tall, so I still need to lose another 10 pounds after I reach my current goal weight. I am not as concerned about the number on the scale anymore as I am about being in the healthy BMI. I have traveled from the Obese, to the Overweight, finally into the Healthy BMI. This was the only time that I was actually excited to be called Overweight. Because that meant I went from Obese to be Overweight. It was PROGRESS!!!
So the decisions we make and the choices we make are all up to YOU and only YOU! Please do yourself a favor and be kind to yourself and your body and stay on your journey with me and meet your goal. You CAN and WILL do it. We get no rehearsals for life. This is it. So why not live it as a HEALTHY and HAPPY you!!
I hope you are all having a great day and hope you have a wonderful weekend.