Five (almost six months ago) I posted this awesome picture:
Then I pledged to change my life forever. Not go on a diet but make exercise and a diet of moderation the new norm. For once in my life I can say I have stuck to something. I go to the gym more days a week than I don't. I drink mostly water. Keep track of calories consumed on my FitnessPal. I eat lots of veggies and fruit and try to limit red meat. I still eat ice cream and chocolate from time to time. Because again it is all about moderation. I am happy to report that since that picture I have lost 33 pounds. I am down four pants sizes. I am now at the very top of my healthy BMI. I feel great. God has taught me that I am stronger than I think. He has called me to Him in the early morning hours. He has highlighted our love story as I work on self discipline. He has called me to higher things than laziness, gluttony, and feeling sorry for myself. I am learning that planning and exercise are outlets for my stress. I am taking better care of the gifts He has given me.
Along the way little planned challenges (like The Color Run) help me stay on track. As well as the encouragement of others.
I am very close to goal. About 20 or so more pounds and one pant size to plant me smack dab in the middle of my healthy BMI. And that is what I am looking for, a healthy lifestyle to take care of what I have been blessed with.
In the interest of transparency I am posting this update to give me a little kick. Since school has started back I have not been as diligent with the gym , sometimes only going two or three times a week as opposed to my four or five day a week habit. I have not restricted my sweets to weekends like usual and have resorted to fast food more than I'd like. We have been busy and I need to find a way to make it all work. With this post I wanted to remind myself where I have been and where I want to go!