It’s already been 9 months! I only have 3 more months in this amazing program. I have counted it an honor to represent our community. So many challenges but even more successes have passed in this time frame. I can truly say that I have taken full advantage of the tools given to me and have tried my best at achieving my goals. My goals were small steps – 10 lbs at a time. But here I am 62.6 lbs later and those ‘small’ goals led me to big success!
To keep things in perspective – I invite you to read my first blog post. I hated the numbers on the scale and the thought of running brought back nightmares of junior high gym class. “What are you doing?” … “What diet are you on”… – I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked these 2 questions this year. We all want our health to be fixed with a shake, a pill, or a flush. It took me 36 years to get to 239 lbs. A new diet fad is not going to erase years worth of wasteful eating – and if it did, what is going to stop me from going back to 239 lbs after I am done with that shake? Hard work and changing not only how I eat but more importantly – how I think of myself has brought me to this point. Having a positive attitude and thinking of myself as being worthwhile and valuable has enabled me to WANT to take care of myself. I truly believe that it is essential to treat yourself with kindness. Hard work and seeing results enabled me to know that I CAN do it – every small goal that I set for myself gives me more confidence in who I am. Taking a pill will never do that for me – only self discipline. It’s been hard. Really, really, cry my eyes out because I want a Big Mac, hide under the covers instead of facing my Nikes on the floor, eat all I can eat at a chinese buffet and then feel absolutely miserable and like a failure – kind of hard. But the difference is, the next day. I put a smile on my face, get out of bed to face my new workout, eat my oatmeal and start again. And feel proud that I kept going instead of giving into the guilt of having a bad day.
So if you are wanting and wishing that you could be a part of Healthy U but don’t think you can do it or measure up – do it anyway. Don’t put it off another moment – you deserve the best!
So with that, I close with my before and after numbers. I look forward to even better numbers in January!
Weight 239.6 177.0
Bust 50 44
Chest 43 38
Waist 48.5 37
Hips 55 46
1/2 Mile 0:09:30 0:05:19
3” Sit-ups (in 1 min.) 15 70
Full Push-ups 13 39
Bench Step-ups (in 1 min.) 35 53