My January 2, 2018 weigh-in basically crippled my emotional well-being, even though I knew it was coming: 235.5.
I’d been eating like crap because holidays, and I just didn’t really care. At that point in my life, I thought I was happy. Life had it’s very drastic ups and downs, but that was my normal and I’d accepted it as such, so I ignored all of the signs pointing to “be wary, lady”.
February and March didn’t prove to be the time I was going to help myself. I weighed in at 224 at the end of March, which to me wasn’t enough progress for 90 days. I was slacking and I knew it.
Then my life changed drastically and through some really painful self-reflection, I understood that I needed to make a serious change in the way I treated myself; I needed to learn to love and accept myself for who I am and stop changing to try to fit into whatever I thought other people needed/wanted me to be. That shit was killing me.
Even then, it really wasn’t until my BFFs S+S decided to go Keto and track macros that I really straightened up. We started using Carb Manager on April 16th (I weighed in at 218.7) and hooooly moly, I had forgotten a) how much work it is to track macros and calories and b) how productive it is to track every single morsel of food you put in your body (keto or not). I managed to stick with tracking (which normally turns me into a crazy person) through the end of June, where I excitedly weighed in at 190.5! Into ONEderland and freaking loving my progress. I’ve been 80/20 keto for the rest of the year so far, and lately have been bouncing between 186-192 (the latter this morning, but whatever). Here’s pics from April 16th compared to this morning:
I oddly enough don’t feel like there is a ton of difference between these photos when I look at them, but holy hell nothing could be further from the truth:
- I’m down another 32.7 lbs between these photos
- I’m down two pant sizes (from 16 to 12, and my 12s are big these days)
- My smile is freaking REAL
- I have actual love for myself: my heart, my brain, my body – ME. Actual real love. I’ve learned to prioritize my own needs before prioritizing others, and I’ve accepted that it’s okay to be what I want to be in life; I don’t have to change into what I think I’m supposed to do/be…I’m free to exist exactly as I am. While obviously weight loss plays a big role in my happiness, it isn’t everything. In fact it’s the opposite – getting to a place of self-love and self-acceptance is why I’ve been able to kick so much (of my own) ass this year. It’s the most beautiful cycle… love yourself, make progress, love yourself more, make more progress.
- Let’s give another read for #4, because holy shit I didn’t know it’d take 31 years to get here
I’m so super-close to having lost 50 lbs this year. People keep asking me what my goal weight is, and I keep telling them: I don’t know. I do know that I don’t want to get over 200 again, so I need to lose another 10-15 lbs so I can eat to my heart’s content over the holidays (I said it on IG and I’ll say it here, please save your judgement, I do what I want).
I cannot thank my amazing support system enough for helping me figure myself out and understand what changes needed to happen for me to get where I am right now (happy, holy hell). I’d list you all, but that’d be awkward and weird, so please, if you think it’s you, it probably is: thank you, so freaking much.
Onward and upward. Oh and I’ll try not to go six months before I post another update ❤
3 thoughts on “2018 So Far: Goodbye (almost) 50 Pounds”
I couldn’t be more proud of you my gorgeous friend!! I read this the other day sipping coffee from my oh so special “Be Awesome” mug a special someone sent me and it truly inspired me. Thank you for that. It’s been a roller coaster this past year for sure, but like you, I am starting to love myself more and I *think* that will be the key in this journey….doing it for the right reasons. All the love to you and all the feels for your feels!!!! ::hugs:: Keep on rocking it babe!!!
Oh my darling Hobbit! Thank you so much for your super-kind words of love! It’s crazy how much we time we’ve spent learning to be critical of ourselves in an effort to create change instead of embracing ourselves to help us change. Loving who we are now sets us free and gives us the room to make the changes we want to. Make the decision every morning to love and appreciate yourself and trust me, this gets SO much easier ❤ Love you doll!
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