Knowing How Far You’ve Come

Sometimes we don’t realize how far we’ve come… Four years ago I saw my health decline and my weight increase.  I was sick all the time and didn’t have any energy nor time to workout, run or take care of myself.  And then my mom had a stroke… I knew at that moment it was time for me to make changes in my life.

See my earlier post: The Decision I Made That Changed My Life

It was a slow start the first year or so.  I lost about 20 lbs., but gained 10 of those pounds back ’cause I didn’t change my eating habits and mindset.  I got frustrated and lost my motivation.  But then I had a friend who challenged me to walk a 5K, a cousin who introduced me to Advocare and a coach who suggested to change my environment by surrounding myself with people who lifts me up and motivate me to keep going.

I have finally found a lifestyle I could live with.   The past two years I have really focused on my eating, running, exercising and rest.   People always ask me what did I give up to get where I am today.  I don’t look at what I had to give up, I look at what I have gained.  I have gained confidence in my abilities, strength, endurance, awesome trainers and fitness friends.  I also have a better understanding of who I am when I eat.  I am not the emotional eater anymore.   I keep to the 80/20 rule of healthy eating.   It has helped me change my habits and thinking as well as helped me to discipline myself on what I choose to eat.

So here I am today to celebrate how far I’ve come with a few transformation photos and accomplishments.

5Ks

My first 5K was in 2011, when I weighed more than I do now.  I walked majority of it and finished it a little under an hour.  A couple of weeks ago I had my first nighttime 5K race and finished it in 32:24 minutes!

5k transformation

Drop a Size

I set a goal to drop another size this year and I did it!  Size 12 to size 11.

Drop a Size

 Here is another two year transformation photo.  The 2012 photo was taken when I started my first 24 Day Challenge.

two year transformation photo

Whatever you are working on and however far you still have to go,  I want to encourage you to keep going and be proud of your achievements.  It doesn’t matter how fast or slow, as long as you keep moving forward and enjoy each step along the way.

 

Another 24 Day Challenge – Results

Well I let time get away from me again, but I’m here tonight with my results of the 24 Day Challenge!

I lost 6.5 lbs! Yay!  I’m finally under 150 lbs.

weigh in

Here’s my transformation photo from the challenge.  I’ve noticed I’m getting more muscle tone in my arms.

transformation photo

I’m also seeing more muscle definition in my legs.

runner leg

2 Year Weight Loss Transformation

I have come along way on my health and fitness journey and I owe a ton of credit to my family, friends, runners, trainers and Advocare.  Although I still have room for improvements, I feel better than I have in years and I see gains in my strength, endurance and overall fitness.  I’m really looking forward to running another half this fall and hitting the weights this winter to tone up and build more muscle.

Two Year Transformation

I want to thank you guys for following my progress and all your inspiring words.  Your support is deeply appreciated!

Transformation Celebration

Today I’m celebrating my transformations! It has been one long journey with many struggles…If I had to do it all over again I would because it’s worth it. This lifestyle change has been one of the best decisions I have ever made along with joining the Advocare family. Today I can officially say I have lost 40 pounds.   It was a slow start at first, but I finally found a lifestyle I could live with. The past two years I have really focused on my eating, running, exercising and rest. People always ask me what did I give up to get where I am today. I look at what I gained not what I had to give up. I have gained confidence in my abilities.  Sometimes it’s our thoughts telling us we are incapable of performing when in reality it’s us blocking our ability to perform as we truly can.  I have a better understanding of who I am when I eat. I am not the emotional eater anymore.   I keep to the 80/20 rule of healthy eating.   It has helped me change my habits and thinking as well as helped me to discipline myself on what I choose to eat.  The photo below is a WOW moment for me. It’s so exciting to see my transformation and know my hard work has paid off.

 My Weight Transformation

transformation

 

My next transformation is my running. I can’t believe I’ve been running for almost three years. Once again I started at a slow pace because I was a lot heavier, but now I’m training for my first half marathon!  Woohoo!  The photo below if my first 5K walk/run in 2011 and my second 10K in 2013.  My time has improved tremendously.  When I started my time for a 5K was 50-56 minutes.  Today it’s 34-35 minutes. Wowzers!

 My Running Transformationtransformation run

 

I’m truly thankful all my wonderful family and friends who have helped and supported me along the way.  I couldn’t have done it with out them. Although I still have habits I need to change and a few more pounds to lose, I am thrilled to say I never quit and as of today I haven’t put any of the weight back on.   This lifestyle change is on going.  There is no finish line; it’s a lifetime commitment.