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My Weight Loss Journey

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I've always been on the "bigger" side--to put it nicely.  Judging by my school pictures, I started putting on weight in the second grade, and I just continued to gain weight each grade level.  I wasn't really an active child.  I enjoyed riding my bike around the neighborhood and playing outside, but that didn't help anything with the type of food I ate.  (Plus, I honestly think it also has a lot to do with my genetics--BUT, I'm not blaming it all on that!)

When I moved away to Tuscaloosa for college, I had a meal plan for my first two years since I lived on campus.  That meant that if I was hungry at 1:00 AM, I could run over to Paty Hall and go eat at the 24 hour diner, and you bet I did.  Then my senior year hit and I started student teaching.  I have never been so stressed in my life!  I really over ate during that period of my life.  (My student teaching would have to be another post...let's just say I cried everyday and am so happy I survived!)  Add in that I wasn't active AT ALL!!

Fast forward to graduation--I graduated in August of 2010 and something clicked the week before.  I don't know if I was trying on clothes or looking at pictures, but I decided that I was overweight and needed to do something about it. 


Here I am packing to move out of my college apartment and move back home after graduation.  About one month pre-Weight Watchers.  July 2010

I started Weight Watchers!  It was so weird going to the meetings listening to people talk about their eating struggles, but it did help.  I learned helpful tips about snacks that were low points and learned that people struggled like I did.  One thing I loved about Weight Watchers was that it allowed extra points during the week in case you had a birthday to attend, a bridal tea, or if you just wanted to eat a piece of cake.  The most important thing though was to always track your points--even if you took one bite of something..track those points!  (I don't do WW anymore, but it has taught me so much about how I eat and should eat.) 

This is where exercise came into play.  If you exercised, then you got to add back points based on intensity and duration.  I decided running would be the easiest option.  Since 2010, I've gone from only being able to run 30 seconds before I was out of breath to running a half-marathon!  Training and discipline are key--in exercise and weight loss.

I hit my 60 pound weight loss mark in May of 2012.  It may have taken almost 2 years to lose the weight, but I have learned that slow weight loss results in lasting weight loss.  I've added maybe 5-7 pounds back since then, but I've kept it off regardless.  It's a struggle every day since I can never go back to eating the way I used to.  Even after 4 years, I still struggle with wanting to eat a million sweets or over eat.  The title of this post is accurately named because this is a journey that is never-ending for me.  I'll be eating healthy and exercising all my life.


This was taken while I was honeymooning this summer!  July 2014


In conclusion, I've learned this:  "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

5 comments:

  1. you are INCREDIBLE!!! It's so funny because I never would have known... I've been on my own journey with weight loss this year and I remember looking at your photos and being like "If I could just look like her.." :) You look awesome and your two year timeframe will keep it off, I think! Slow but steady and lasting! Such an encouragement to me. I look forward to reading more about how you maintain a healthy lifestyle! XO

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  2. Wow, what an amazing accomplishment!! I would have never guessed that you struggled with your weight! It's awesome that you have been able to continue on a healthier path and stay fit. Definitely inspiring.

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  3. I love this! Thanks for sharing. I am doing WW now...with the new plan. It's been great and I am really learning a lot about myself and how horribly I've been eating the last decade. Finally figuring it out in my 30's...ugh!

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  4. I'm just now discoveriing your blog!!! I Love it!!! I love this post!!! You should be so proud of yourself!!! You look beautiful!!!

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