When I began my journey into a MUCH healthier lifestyle than I was ever accustomed to previously, I wasn’t 100% sure I’d be able to make it. I wasn’t sure if my unhealthy habits would come back to haunt me as they always did before. I wasn’t 100% sure if I’d actually be able to make the changes necessary in my life to live the way I wanted to live and look the way I wanted to look. I wasn’t 100% sure if the weight loss obtained in January would be able to be matched by the weight loss in February, as I always ended up caving in after the first month of trying.
Well…I’m now 100% sure that I CAN do it!
As of this morning, I’m down 15.2lbs from January 1st. This, to me, is really incredible because I never thought I’d truly be able to do it. I knew I wanted it, but I didn’t know how much. After joining a 10-week healthy eating class and finding a personal dietician, I began to not only change bad habits but keep myself motivated.
I’ve changed how I eat (for the most part). Sure, I still have days where I cave (I had a 9″ pizza just the other night…not the best choice), but overall I’m feeling better than I’ve felt in years. I’m trying new foods and cutting out so much of what was making me overweight and unhealthy.
And get this…I haven’t even been really exercising that much!! Because of the winter weather, my walks have been infrequent and staggered. I’ve got a beautiful back-woods walking trail right next to my house that I couldn’t use because by the time it got light outside, it was time for me to go to work. The clocks turn back on March 11th and I, for one, can’t wait to hit that trail every single morning (weather permitting, obviously).
So I’m not writing this to get “kudos” or anything. I’m writing this to let anybody out there know that you CAN do it. It IS possible. I’m a 39 year old ex-smoker who gained 50lbs in two years after quitting that nasty habit. I turned to food as a way to substitute that addiction and it ended up making me extremely unhappy with myself.
While far from where I want to be, this forward momentum and losing one to two pounds per week is the greatest feeling. I’m not on a diet (I had a Kit Kat bar yesterday and was still well within my calorie intake for the day), I’m just a smarter eater than I was two months ago. I read labels (I READ LABELS!!), I count calories, and I’m more aware of Canada’s Food Guide than I’ve ever been in my entire life.
And the best part? I haven’t even really started yet!! If I’m down 15lbs after only two months, imagine what I’ll look like a year from now!!
Okay…maybe not. But still, this is a really great feeling to have.
If I can do it, YOU can do it.
Have a great day, everybody. ENJOY LIFE!!