Saturday, August 6, 2011

Total Loss: 25 Pounds!!

Starting Weight: 268 lbs.
Current Weight: 243 lbs.
Total Loss: 25 LBS!

Earlier this year, in March, I had reached my all-time highest weight of 268 lbs. A lot was going on in my life that was out of my control at that time. I was experiencing vertigo symptoms, bouncing/double vision, extreme fatigue, and slight depression from it all. In March, I was about mid-way through my journey of finding out what was wrong with me. I had been through a slew of tests, including a spinal tap, yet there was still more waiting. One thing that I decided to stop waiting on, though, was my weight-loss. If there was one thing that I could control, it was what I ate and when I would exercise. Since March, I have lost 25 pounds. I have also received my answer as to what is wrong with me, that being multiple sclerosis. That's still one factor that I can't control in my life, but; I am not letting it stop me from working on the things in which I can control.

I've reached another milestone today. I have never lost 25 pounds at a time before in my life. The most that I have lost at a time was probably about 15 pounds, prior to this current journey, but then I went on to gain it all back. When I would try to lose weight in the past, I would reach a point where the weight would stop coming off and I would quit. This time I am not giving up, no matter what!

~25 Reasons That I Lost 25 Pounds~

1. I am enjoying what I am eating!
2. I am having fun with exercise
3. I am not depriving myself
4. I have the support and love of my husband
5. I am motivated to be healthy, not just "skinny"
6. I haven't pushed myself too hard too fast, baby steps
7. I can really picture myself at a lower weight, and want to get there
8. I want my dog to be healthy, so I take him for walks which helps us both
9. I force myself to let go of perfectionism
10. If I go over calories, I accept it and MOVE ON
11. I feel empowered when I make healthy choices
12. I've realized that I can forgive myself
13. I've realized that I can love myself
14. I believe in myself
15. I trust what my body "tells" me when it comes to exercise
16. When I "indulge" I actually WANT to make up for it in exercise
17. I keep my journey fun and fresh with challenges
18. I reward myself for little accomplishments
19. I dream of what it will feel like to be at my goal weight
20. I let go of obsessing over the numbers, it will happen eventually if I keep going
21. I've banned the "all or nothing" mentality
22. I track nutrition on Sparkpeople
23. I've read books about nutrition
24. I want to feel comfortable in cute clothes
25. I want to be able to wrap a normal size towel around me after a shower

Those reasons are in no particular order, but they have all helped me to lose this 25 pounds. I hope that you can relate to at least one of those reasons, and in turn I hope that it will help you to reach your goals, too!

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