What a difference a year makes!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

It's been ONE year since I set my date to get healthy and fit; March 7th, 2012. I had tried numerous times over the years, but this was the day I was going to turn my health, and my mind, around - once and for all.

I stopped a lot of things cold turkey like my every-other-day to every-day Frozen Coke habit I had gotten into. Along with getting all those convenience foods at the gas station, and other places, that are so easy, cheap and addicting. I also started measuring things. If I wanted something I had to measure or count it so I could log it. I still allowed myself to have "cheat" meals or days, but I STILL counted it and decided if it was truly “worth it” to me. As with any major change, the first three weeks were the hardest for me…and I made a lot of changes at once, adding to the difficulty.

The biggest help with my nutrition was adding Shakeology. It's an amazing superfood! The other HUGE help was the support and encouragement from my awesome coach Michelle Kellogg, (Who has also, inspired me to become a Team Beachbody coach too)! And also the support of my family and friends who have been encouraging of all my changes.

I was pre-diabetic and on diabetic medication, suffered acid reflex that required medicine and often woke me up choking in the night, and was morbidly obese. During this journey, I have been so thankful for Beachbody challenge groups that would push me even further along my journey with each one I joined.

I am now celebrating my one year anniversary and take no medications for any of the previous issues I suffered with. I have lost 46 inches and 65 pounds! Size 18 to an 8/7!

I'm still pushing to get the last of it off and tone and firm, but mostly I’m still pushing myself to continually attain new goals and reach new levels of health because of the quality of health I am now enjoying. I am so glad that one year ago I started this amazing journey…and I never want to go back. The journey continues!

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  • no profile photo CD12681909
    You inspire me!
    2982 days ago
    Look at how far you've come in a year!!! WOW!
    Very inspiring.
    I love that you have all those progression photos too!

    Looking good my friend! Awesome! emoticon
    3028 days ago
  • VEG_GIRL04
    Absolutely love your story and your progress pictures! Congratulations on what must have been a tough but completely fulfilling year! Keep up your maintenance (always my issue!) and keep spreading the spark to others!
    3055 days ago
  • YMWONG22
    Wow .... you look really amazing now. Congratulations!!
    Keep it up. I am sure you are strong and can attain any goals you set your mind on.
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    3055 days ago
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