We just got home from a vacation in the beautiful (and cool-wear-a-jacket weather) of the northwestern states of Washington and Oregon! The weather was amazingly different from the over 100 degrees of here at home!! I also couldn't help but compare this trip to our trip to the same area of the country two years ago....right before I got serious about changing my lifestyle and losing 121 pounds!
The first was remembering how I almost pulled a shoulder muscle, fastening my seat belt two years ago, with it stretched all the way out....this time, I had a "tail" almost a foot long!
Here are two pictures of me doing some biking in Portland and some hiking in Washington....something I would have never done two years ago....no energy and avoiding "all things exercise" !
How about this one....me after walking up 163 steps to the top of this tower in Astoria, Oregon!! Two years ago, I wouldn't have even tried...no way!
This one amazes me...would you believe sea kayaking for three hours?? Two years ago the energy level would have never handled it and there probably would have been no way I would have fit with that extra 121 lbs!!
I don't have pictures of me at the indoor swimming pool...but even though I know I won't win the Bathing Suit Competition, I actually OWN one now and will be seen in public, drapey skin and all!!
To top all this off, I gained NO weight this week!! Thinking over what I ate, I was proud of my choices...I didn't eat rabbit food and be the long-suffering dieter, but I did make good choices...had pizza one night - only TWO pieces of veggie (my personal fav) and even Mexican....no chips, half of a chicken and black bean burrito.....used my head for snacks and other meals....
Now, don't get the wrong idea...I was tempted, just like everyone else...I think we need to pat ourselves on the back sometimes but not get big headed! It all returns to what I have said many times, "If I can do this, YOU can!" Small steps and a determination to NOT GIVE UP!!
.....what a difference two years can make!