I’m a bit of a sentimental girl. This month is full of a lot of little milestones and anniversaries for me. Tomorrow it will have been a year since my husband and I were told that the place we were working at was sending our jobs overseas. I had spent the previous six months stressed out beyond belief about this job, and worrying that I was going to get walked out. For me that moment was a monumental wake up call!!!! I looked at my life and I didn’t like what I saw (minus my wonderful husband:)).
I was morbidly obese, no solid career, extremely in debt, and afraid that I would never get to have the family that my husband and I desperately wanted. I felt like I was just being pulled through life instead of directing my own life. Suddenly I just knew that I could no longer continue living my life the way that I was living it.
I made a promise to myself around that time that even if I never got to an idea body weight, that I was no longer going to let myself do nothing. I started asking myself a powerful question that I continue to ask myself today, and that was “What am I willing to do today?”
Those pictures were taken in July and August of last year.
This picture was taken in October, and the pictures below were taken more recently.
The biggest changes I notice physically are in my stomach and my face, but the real changes over the past 12 months have happened in other ways. Here are some of the changes that I have made over the past year.
1.) I have come to love my body exactly at the size it is, and have come to appreciate all that my body can do.
2.)I started counting calories and I now count calories even on my not so great days.
3.) I don’t want to say “give up”, but I have greatly reduced (almost eliminated) sodas (including diet). I also eat a lot healthier overall. (lots more veggies)
4.) I have gone from having to sit down in the kitchen to make a meal to being able to stand in the kitchen for longer periods of time.
5.) I have gone from sitting in the car, while my husband ran in stores, to being able to go in with him.
6.) I started pursing my life coaching certification, and started my coaching business. I now get to help others achieve their dreams!!!!
7.) I have gone from 511 pounds to my last weigh in weight of 419 pounds (8 pounds away from 100)
8.) I have gone from a size 6x-7x in clothes to a size 3x.
9.) I have gone from hardly exercising to completing 4 virtual 5k’s.
10.) I have learned to work through a lot of resistance in regards to food, life, and success. I have pushed myself to be Brave and step out of my comfort zone.
11.) I stopped being ashamed of who I am, and I started sharing with the world my experiences.
I know there is a lot more, and I say all this not to brag. I know a lot of you have accomplished so much yourself. I say all this to say that anything is possible. This is the first time in my life that I have decided to make changes in my life and one year later I am still going strong. That just has never happened for me.
This year has taught me a lot about change. And the most powerful thing that it has taught me is that change begins with just one small step. It doesn’t have to be some giant change. It can start with asking yourself, “What am I willing to do today?”. We all can do one thing today to work towards what we really want. That is all it took for me, and I can’t wait to see where I will be this time next year.
I hope you guys have a great Monday!!! Thank you so much to all the people that read my blog, comment, and encourage. You guys have stood by me through this entire year, and it means the world to me. I genuinely love you guys