I made it!!! I figured it was time to post my before & after pics. My original goal was to get down to 140, which I did in December. Then I thought I would try for 10 more lbs. and get to 130 but to be honest, I'm happy with where I'm at (134). I still weigh less than I did when Jake and I got married, and still weigh a couple lbs. less than I did in high school. My stomach has been stretched to the max not just once or twice, but THREE times, so I don't think I'll ever have a "normal" stomach again, but that's okay. Maybe Jake will give me a surprise tummy tuck someday. ;) I'm posting three sets of pics: 1) June 26th at 169.8 2) Halfway there at 151 and 3) nearly 8 months after I started at 134.
I've had a couple people ask me for weight loss tips and advice and it's hard to know where to start. I guess it all comes down to motivation and how badly you want this. It's easy to say "Yes, I want to lose weight." It's a lot harder to actually get up every day and exercise and watch what you eat. So, no excuses. Yes, there will be crappy workouts where you wished you had never got out of bed, but there will also be amazing workouts that will inspire you and help you realize your potential. One of my favorite realizations during this process was the day we went sledding with Jake's family on Christmas Eve. Most were huffing and puffing up the hill and I felt great. I could actually keep up with my kids... something I couldn't do a few months before. I ran a 10K just 2 1/2 months after I started working out (something I would have never dreamed of doing 2 months before!) I'm running a half marathon in 2 months, again, something I never thought I could ever do. I'm wearing size 6 jeans (and even a few of those pair are a little loose.) I'm confident. I feel beautiful. All this is worth the buckets of sweat and lack of treats. I know because I'm taking care of me, that makes me a much better individual, wife, and mom. It truly is worth it.
The 100% Rule
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