I haven't blogged in a really LONG time, but it was time to share some of my success. I found this site in 2011 after weighing in at the doctor's office and realizing how out of control my weight had gotten. After lots of reading and finding encouragement here, I started to take steps to improve my life. By tracking everything I ate and starting with baby amounts of exercise, I lost 20 lbs. I was excited. I finally took a picture of myself to start tracking the progress. The reason I'm holding my hand in the shape of a "d" is because I was a part of a team called "done" girls.. women who are DONE with excess weight and all the problems it causes.
There were other things in my life contributing to problems. For one, I was an alcoholic. It took me another 2 years to get the courage to find help for this problem. I was also in a very troubling marriage situation and didn't know how to get out. In the fall of 2012, I left my husband. My weight loss continued some, but came to an abrupt halt once my alcohol consumption went up. In the fall of 2013, I finally realized that it was time to get help. I went to rehab, and am almost 2 years sober.
In the fall of 2014, I realized it was time to start focusing on my weight again. Although I had kept most of my initial 70 lbs off, I still wasn't eating as well as I should and I wasn't getting much exercise aside from my work (I'm a server, so I walk a ton). I started making lifestyle changes again, and the weight started coming off.
It's now 2015. I'm down over 90 lbs, I'm active, I quit smoking so I could run faster, and I'm sober. I have Spark People and the great resources here to thank for my success, along with my friends and family. When people ask me how I did it, my biggest advice is to "eat less, move more", but more importantly, to never give up, no matter what life throws at you. You're gonna mess up a lot. It's ok, just keep stepping foward. And take pictures! I wish I had started before that first 20 lbs were gone.
The weight off my shoulders is not only literal, but figurative as well. I might be 30, but my life is just beginning.
This is me with my first pair of goal jeans (they were too tight when I joined SP). Size 28. I'm now a size 8.