Most of you know I started this weight loss journey back on January 18, 2011 when trying on clothes in a Lane Bryant dressing room, my daughter very innocently says to me “Mommy, your legs are fat.” That was my point – the point you’ve heard me talk about. That point when I was miserable, I dreaded trying to lose weight A-GAIN and was at my rope’s end.
I came home that day and cried, felt like hitting a brick wall with my fist and wanted to collapse in the floor with a big box of chocolates. That would’ve really helped the situation, right? I decided to make some changes, a little at a time. In the past, I thought I just didn’t have enough will power. I had tried all the diets, all the trendy tricks. But this time, something made me look at my eating habits as an addiction (for me, it was), a disease I needed to fight. I studied the Alcoholics Anonymous model and put some of the practices to work in my situation. I immediately contacted a life coach to meet with on a weekly basis to set small, attainable goals and to hold me accountable. I also found a sponsor – a woman who had gone through the struggles I was about to go through and came out on the other side. I literally called her in the middle of Kroger one day because a recipe I was making called for 2 boxes of Ho-Ho’s and I knew there would be leftovers. I wasn’t sure I could handle that. In fact, I was trembling. God bless Terri – she kicked my butt and helped me decide to not even make that recipe. “Walk away from the Ho-Ho’s!” 🙂 It’s been amazing what a difference of having partners through this has made. I know that if I screw up, my coach and my sponsor will come after me and make me explain my actions.
You have no idea what an accomplishment for me this is – to have lost 50 pounds! The most I’ve ever lost my adult life is 7 pounds and that was before my wedding. If you’re sitting at your computer thinking “I’m so proud of her but I couldn’t do that…” then you won’t be able to do it. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re usually right.” -Zig Ziglar. I’ve had to change my thinking before anything else started to change. I’ve had to rely on God for a lot of strength. On weeks I don’t do my devotions as regularly or stay focused on my time with Him, I don’t do well on the scale. I know it sounds crazy. I don’t care what you think. I know my strength comes from the Lord almighty and I give him all the glory for this weight loss. Cheesy as it may sound…
So, I stand before you today having made some lifestyle changes, a little at a time over the last 10 months. It hasn’t been easy, I’ve worked for every ounce lost. I haven’t taken any diet pills, I’ve not had surgery, I’ve not joined a gym, I’ve not joined Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. I’ve made small changes to become more active and I’ve educated myself on what I eat. Did you know that one, ONE whole wheat Pillsbury Grand’s biscuit is equal to 14 slices of whole wheat toast WITH JELLY? Just learning stuff like this helps me make better choices.
I weighed in this morning at 153.8 pounds. I began 10 months ago at 204.4 wearing size 20/22. I’ve lost 50.6 pounds, the equivalent of 202 sticks of butter. I’ve still got some sticks I’d like to lose but all in all, I’m ecstatic with this loss. Just think where I would be if I were still at miserable and at my rope’s end. I’m so glad God gave me the strength to make the changes and take the steps to get here. It was a journey well worth it. I look forward to continuing this journey. Follow along by clicking “Yep, I’m in! Sign me up!” if you want to get email alerts when a new blog post goes up (usually about once per week or less). I’d love to get your feedback and hear your stories.