Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Two years in the books.





I started my journey of a lifetime commitment to health and fitness TWO years ago today. To date I've lost 90+ pounds and I truly can't believe the progress I have made. It's been unbelievable. I've been committed, I've worked really really hard, and at the end of the day I don't make any excuses for myself. One good friend told me last night "You were hiding behind your body for so long, but now you are truly who you were made to be." I am thankful. I am worth it and that's why I fight for this every single day.

This also marks about 16 months of being in 'maintenance' which experts say maintenance is just as hard as the actually losing process. It's been a year of adjustment since I moved across the country, but God gives me the strength and energy to keep pursuing this life. I LOVE it. And I can't complain that I get to spin next to celebrities at SoulCycle or run through the trails of Central Park. I've also learned that this whole health/fitness life is a lot about balance. I don't work out twice a day anymore or log in every single calorie I intake, but I try to maintain a good balance in all aspects to not go overboard, but to still enjoy my life.

I have THREE goals over the next 12 months:

1. Continue to maintain my weight-loss by eating healthy foods and exercising 4-5 times a week.
2. Get stronger/leaner
3. Train and complete a FULL Marathon. (26.2 miles: I'm coming AFTER you)

Thanks for the support the past 24 months, friends. Love you all.

12 comments:

minda312 said...

WOWWWWWWWW! I love the photo story. It says it all. Love you so much!

Ellen Helms O'Neal said...

Wow, girl, what an inspiration. You ARE worth it!! Congratulations. Which full marathon are you shooting for? You can do it!!

Jenni Riley said...

Incredible! You are the Fit Bomb!

Love you gal! Can't want to see you achieve these new goals!

{cuppakim} said...

you are awesome. i can't even believe it.

well i kinda can.
and i love it.

don't you just LOVE your after pictures? i love them SO much. :)

what a crazy hard journey, and we did it, right!?! CRAZY

maintenance, now THAT is hard. i have NOT been doing what i should.
back on the wagon. hardcore.

and a full marathon!?! i don't think i'll ever do one - but i JUST MIGHT - consider trying to do another half. ;) keep up the good work, you inspire me!

Leah said...

totally inspiring! :)

and btw, you should post more often bc I like them.

Leah said...

P.S. I have a question. How did you get motivated to change your lifestyle? And what was the hardest part? Getting started? Sticking w/ it? I'm just interested, that's all. :)

MR said...

You are awesome and I am so proud of who you are. Love your story. Love your journey. LOVE you.

enthusiasticrunner.com said...

Wow! Congratulations!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

congrats!! that is an amazing achievement and with the attitude you've gained you will kill 26.2! Have you picked a race yet?

LifeisaRun said...

Yes!!! LOVE that 26.2 is one of your goals for the next 12 months! You are awesome and know you can accomplish all of your goals!

Emily @ Journey to the Center of Manhattan said...

That marathon won't know what hit it! You are so going to do it and rock it!

Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com said...

You are beautiful no matter what, but what you accomplished is amazing! You are gorgeous and inspiring. :)