In one of my my original posts, I had mentioned that I had lost over 30 lbs. I never really posted before and after pictures, or what I did to loose the weight, so I thought I'd share. I love encouraging and motivating people who are hoping to loose fat and lead a healthy life. I would really enjoy being a personal trainer! I also plan on sharing some healthy recipes that Dan and I enjoy! I am not a medical professional, but I have done a lot of research on the topics of nutrition and fitness.
We were married in the fall of 2007. I was heavier than I wanted to be at my wedding, but I wasn't considered "overweight." Over the course of our first year of marriage, through laziness and over-eating, I gained 15-20lbs. I was so unhappy with myself and so uncomfortable in my own skin. My clothes weren't fitting, and I was embarrassed to have to purchase larger jeans at the thrift store. I vividly remember two turning points for me that set me on the course to a healthier life. One being my sisters wedding...
I was the maid of honor. We picked out our bridesmaids dresses and got measured. A couple months later, the dresses arrived and we had to try them on to make sure they fit. I was MORTIFIED when the dress didn't zip up. I had to open the door, knowing everyone was waiting to see it on, and announce that I couldn't get the dress zipped up, while trying to not go into an "ugly cry." My mom had to let the dress out so I could wear it to the wedding. This was one of my most embarrassing moments, and the point I knew that I needed to change.
Second situation. I was packing up some old clothes to give to the thrift store. I was putting some of my nice jeans in there, that were WAY to small for me at the time. Dan asked why I was getting rid of them, to which I respond, "They don't fit me anymore." He said, "You know if you get rid of those, that means you've given up." It may sound harsh, but I really needed that! He told me to hang on to them for motivation and set a goal to fit into them again one day. So I listened and kept them, and I'm happy to say that the jeans don't fit now... because they're too BIG! (Thanks Hun!) I was at the point where I had given up on trying, and just accepted that this was my new size. Dan gave me the motivation to not accept it, but to change into where I wanted to be.
Those were a few scenarios that lit a fire under me. Another big motivator for me was to please my husband. 1 Cor. 7:34 says, " She that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband." So, seeking to please and submit to my husband was a big motivator for me on my weight loss journey. I love making my husband happy!
I tried scrounging up some pictures of me at my heaviest. (I did take some before pictures, but I won't be sharing those ones with anyone!) :) But I found a few of me from around that time. It wasn't easy because I avoided the camera like the plague!
I wanted a picture in my wedding dress for our 1 year anniversary... Don't I look thrilled??
|1 Year Anniversary "Before" Picture|
What I did to loose the weight and how I've kept it off.