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Every journey starts with a single step.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I think that's my new motto. Picking that foot up and putting it down is the first step in your journey of being the best you that you can be. I started my journey almost 8 months ago.. I was fat, depressed, and miserable. I couldn't tie my shoe without being out of breath.. I couldn't shave my legs without being out of breath.. I couldn't wash a sink of dishes without excruciating pain in my back. I had truly lost my joy, which is especially sad when you consider what a bubbly and inviting person I had been earlier in life. I spent many a day just being able to hold myself together - fighting thoughts of suicide and ending my misery.

I woke up one day with the realization that I totally had all the power in my OWN hands to change my life and be happy again. I had done so many things my life, triumphed over adversity, beat the odds, sometimes narrowly escaping death. What was some measly fat to stop me??? So I got up and started walking.. when I started out I could barely make it around the track one time (slowly walking) before my back would be in horrible pain.. but I kept going back.. slowly increasing distance.. I dusted off my Walk Away the Pounds DVDs and started slowly one mile at a time..eventually I found Body Groove (an amazingly innovative exercise DVD by Misty Tripoli) and some other DVDs as well.. I started eating clean (see http://www.graciouspantry.com to see what that entails) and taking supplements to enhance the work I was doing. I also started drinking water as I am supposed to.

Slowly I have seen the pounds fall alway. I average a loss of 1-2 lbs per week. Today I stand 1 pound away from having lost 50 lbs. I am so so happy. I have truly rediscovered my joy and am the silly, and quirky person I used to be. No more hermit for this girl!! I am happy and my family is happy. I am fitting in sizes I never would've dreamed in fitting in months ago. And Im not stopping here.. Originally my goal weight would've had me losing 78 lbs - but having come this far - I have decided to bump that to 100 lbs!! Now THAT is a testimony to the effectiveness of hardwork, determination, and a little elbow grease (as my grandma used to say)!

Thanks to the January Jumpstart challenge I have really been stepping up my game in the exercise department - really pushing myself to do more and more.. challenge myself. I compete WITH myself.. thinking "lets see if I can beat my fitness minutes I logged last week!" I had gotten stuck in Dec at a 40 lb loss... but this Jan challenge really got my metabolism going again and I am looking at logging a 10 lb loss for January.

You CAN do it if you just put forth a little effort. You are never too far gone.. you are NEVER a lost cause. Realize that the power is all in your hands to improve your life.. You just have to take that first single step and then keep on taking them!!!
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