This was me in 2012. I was over 250 pounds. I'm not sure exactly how much I weighed because I had stopped weighing myself. I couldn't stand to see the number always going up. I worked in a sedentary job and didn't do anything to help stop the weight gain. I hated looking at myself in the mirror and I was hardly in any pictures. I was unhappy and my marriage was not in a good place. In February of that year, I decided that I had to make a change. I started to workout and registered for a few races for the fall to make sure I had some motivation. I didn't know if the change I needed was possible but I knew that I had to do it for me and for my family. The weight started to come off but very, very slowly.
This February marked my three year anniversary of living healthy. I am now a healthy, happy wife and mother. I have lost between 60 and 70 pounds and the scale continues to move (still very, very slow). Sometimes it's hard to believe that I have made these changes but the proof doesn't lie. Today I bought size 12 shorts and large tops. I stood in the dressing room in disbelief. It's hard for me to see it because I still see a fat girl in the mirror. As I was driving home, the radio was talking about weight loss and that sometimes we need to visualize things in order to understand the magnitude of our accomplishments. They said to think of a one pound block of cheese and think of one of those coming off each time you loss a pound. I thought of how much 60 pounds of cheese would look like and was amazed. I then thought of my 10 year old son who weighs 60 pounds. I have lost an entire 10 year old! That visualization really hit the mark. Putting it that way made me really see how much I have lost.
I still have a long way to go. This journey is not over and probably never will be. I'm not writing this to brag because that is never my intention. I write this to encourage because if I can do it, anyone can. Now when I see the scale go down one pound, I'll think of a block of cheese and realize that it is something to be proud of.