You CAN do it!

Last January, I told myself it was time to change. I told myself this every year (you know, the typical resolution), and for some reason, I just never had the motivation to do it. However, last year hit me hard. The scale was an ice cream sundae away from 300 pounds, and I just knew I couldn’t keep doing this to myself.

So, I downloaded MyFitnessPal on my phone, and started logging every bite of food. It was hard at first. I mean, how natural is it to remember to journal EVERY bite of food? It’s really not, but I knew this was the only way.

I slowly added in workouts, including Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, and then I told myself it was time to run. Running was something I was always terrible at, but I thought why not? I committed myself to the Couch to 5K workout program in the summer, which was fairly insane. I had to run at 7:30pm to make running slightly bearable.

2012 was hard. The weight I lost was not easy, but I’m proud of what I accomplished in 2012.

2012 Weight Loss

There are some times where I still question if I could have worked harder, and had better results, but the wonderful thing is I’m healthier than I was last year. All of my fat clothes (except for one “before” pair of jeans that I will probably keep forever) are in garbage bags, ready to be dropped off at a donation box, and I feel awesome. I still have a long way to go on my weight loss journey, but I’m hoping I can lose the same amount of weight in 2013. That would put me in the 100s, which I haven’t seen since MIDDLE SCHOOL.

That’s just exciting to me. :-)

I really wanted to write this blog post to let you know that you can do this too. I sat on my sofa 120 lbs. overweight last January, and I was so overwhelmed. 120 lbs. is a lot, but I took it 10 lbs. at a time, and rewarded myself along the way. I LOVE those little rewards….they really gave/give me something to look forward to (besides weighing less).

I’m a big fan of calorie counting, because I didn’t have to give up any food. I still ate ice cream, went out to eat (and didn’t eat grilled chicken/veggies) and enjoyed my baking from time to time. I think my biggest wake up call were my portion sizes. I don’t eat nearly as much as I used to, which just happened over time. I’ve become a lot more conscious about when I’m feeling full, instead of just eating everything in front of me, then regretting it. I also LOVE having my BodyMedia Link armband…it’s good (at least for me)┬áto have a better idea of how many calories I’m burning during a workout, and even throughout the day in general. :-)

I know this is very cliche, but I’ve been overweight for a long time. A LONG time. I was the fat kid in school, and if I can do this, you really can too. Just realize the weight will take time to come off, and try not to obsess as crazily as I did over the scale. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish in a year. You don’t have to lose 100 lbs. You don’t have to lose 50. If you even lose 5 lbs. this year, you are 5 lbs. lighter than you were last year, and that’s just an awesome feeling. :-)

You CAN do it!

 

Comments

  1. Congratulations! SOOO proud of you!

  2. You should be very proud!! :)

  3. Amy,

    You are an inspiration. We all know losing weight takes time and that those who lose the weight slowly have a better chance of keeping it off, but common sense if hard to remember when you want to be thin NOW! Thank you for reminding me that little steps and healthy changes have huge results, and that there’s a reason I’m in this for the long haul.

    Happy 2013 to you!

    Meredith

  4. It has been so awesome following your journey and your picture up there is amazing! I can’t wait to see what you do in 2013, I’m sure you will loose just as much (if not more) with the positive attitude you have! Congrats on the weight loss!

  5. You are a ROCKSTAR! I’m so excited and happy for you to have a system that works and makes you feel good! I HATE when I read about success stories that involve eating grilled chicken and steamed veggies every day for the rest of forever. Bleck!

  6. So darn awesome Amy! Just plain awesome!

  7. Way to go! You should feel very proud!

  8. I’m so inspired by you! :) Congrats on becoming a healthier you.

  9. Congratulations! So inspiring!!

  10. Amy, you are amazing. Hearing about your successes and seeing your pictures throughout the year has made me so happy. You are an inspiration to so many. Most importantly, though, you are doing this for YOU! Keep it up, girl. YOU ROCK!!!

  11. This is EXACTLY what I needed to read. You are such an inspiration. Thank you!

  12. Kristinia says:

    Amazing!! I lost 45lbs last year so I totally know what it feels like. I still got about 60lbs to go to reach my goal. Keep rocking thoase 5ks I got two this month and a 1/2 marathon next month.

    • Hi!! Congrats on your weight loss…that’s so awesome! Best of luck with your upcoming races, and a 1/2 marathon? Rock star!

      Best of luck with reaching your goal weight as well!

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