Down 15

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!!


12 thoughts on “Down 15

  1. T, your tone has done such a 180 since the beginning of the year and the beginning of your commitment towards taking care of your body and mind. You’re oozing enthusiasm, positivity and just a general zest for life. It is such a wonderful thing to see! I’m so thrilled you’re getting such amazing results as a reward for your commitment. While you’re in this awesome head space do your future self a favor – for the days when you may be feeling down, discouraged and looking for a glimmer of hope again. Write him a letter and give him a pep talk. Put it away in the event he needs it someday to draw upon for a confidence boost or a pick-me-up. We always tend to only hear the negative tapes running through our head sometimes so having this to reflect on and be a source of positivity for a day that may be dark will be a great asset in ensuring you get back in the game without delay. You’re going to rock 2012 to the core with your achievements!

    1. What a great idea, Tammi.

      It was just a few short months ago that I actually got help for depression, and here it is now and I’m feeling like a million dollars even though life isn’t perfect.

      Writing a letter to keep for a rainy day is something i think I’m going to do.


  2. I have to admit, I’m LOVING this “new you”. And honestly, I don’t even think it’s new…I think it’s just you getting out of your own way to be the person that you’ve always been capable of being.

    And that pic’s not too shabby, either. Although if it really was you, there would be a lot more body hair. #justsayin’

  3. HOT STUFF!! 😉 oh wait, that isn’t you? hehe. Congrats, CBG, that is awesome progress. And your message is right-on, anyone can do it, it takes some time, adjusting and planning, but it certainly can be done.

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