Two years ago to this very day, I left the hospital with a new sense of purpose. Weighing 222 pounds, I was told that healing after my knee surgery which removed a portion of my torn meniscus, I was told that it was time to get my act together. And get it together I did!
I had spent the previous few years being very inactive because of the torn meniscus. Walking and exercising were painful, so I avoided them. I did not watch what I ate, I gained 50 pounds slowly, kept buying the next size up when it was time to get new clothes, continuously blaming the dryer for "shrinking my clothes" and living in total denial that I was unhealthy.
Trying to play with my fiance's niece, but feeling exhausted from making a snowman:
Struggling to mini-golf:
Getting tired just doing the dishes:
-Accepting My Reality-
When I left the hospital that day, the doctor told me that the tissue and muscles as they healed would be most receptive to learning new movements over the course of the first year. After that, it would become harder to train my leg to do new things. Not really caring, dismissing what he was saying, I replied "It's fine -- it's not like I want to be a RUNNER or something" with total scorn in my voice. That doctor woke me up.. he said "You might want to run someday-- after silly children in a crowded parking lot or to your car because it's raining hard and you don't want to get your hair wet. If you want that for yourself, you need to make it happen." That hit me like a slap in the face. I realized then that I would not be able to do those things at my current weight or fitness level, and I truly wanted change.
The changes started off slow. I started walking. I tried to eat more vegetables and fruit, drink more water. This helped a lot! It got me thinking like a person with a healthy lifestyle. I had to continue upping the anty over the course of 15 months. I turned myself, slowly, into that runner I claimed I'd never be - completing the Couch to 5K program in a little over 5 months (not the 9 weeks it prescribed, but I kept going!). I tracked all of my food, every morsel, and started filling up on fruits and veggies. I learned healthy recipes. I found a partner in crime, a coworker who began her weight loss journey the January after I did. We walk together all the time--it's our new social normal. I found other fitness activities I enjoy-Zumba, Spartacus, elliptical, and others.
Getting engaged 30 pounds down:
Out for a hike, forty pounds and 7 months in:
Engagement Pictures, 10 pounds left to lose:
-Achieving My Goals-
On August 11, 2011, I made my goal! I lost 75 pounds and weighed in at 147 pounds. I celebrated my butt off! I went for a run. I had a healthy dinner with my fiance. I bought a bikini. I enjoyed it!
The day I hit goal:
-Maintaining My New Body-
Since then, I have been working hard to keep my body healthy and fit. It has not always been easy but I am proud to say that I have been between 143 and 155 for the last 10 months. Today, I am precisely at goal (147!). I have done a lot to keep myself where I am. I still Spark regularly. My Weight Loss Partner and I still share recipes and go for walks. Heck, today we went on another one of our "monster walks" -- 8 miles in 2 hours, 15 minutes. I am super public about my accomplishments -- throwing them all over Facebook and talking about it for the world to see. This keeps me accountable and motivated. I spend a lot of time setting new goals for myself. Recently, it has been improving my total fitness and getting my body the way I want it for my upcoming wedding (in 9 days).
At my wedding shower:
At my bachelorette party:
On the beach:
Heading out with friends:
-Where I'm Headed-
In 9 days, I will be married. Then, I will be heading off for a relaxing, amazing honeymoon in Jamaica. When I get home, I plan on setting out on my next journey. I will train for a 10K. This new goal will keep me focused and energized about my fitness experience. I just have to keep myself set on improvement. Never settle for less than your best. Today, I am the best that I can be today. Tomorrow, I will be even better. I want to keep bettering myself and improving myself every step of the way.
I have lived a healthy lifestyle for two years. I will not turn back. I will not backslide. Will I make mistakes? Sure! But I never beat myself up over them.. I accept it as reality and then I make plans to continue improving myself.
Two years of healthy living down, another fifty, sixty, or seventy to go!