You ever just sit down, and take a hard look at yourself, and decide that you’re sick of some things? It doesn’t happen very often, unless maybe life is down in the dumps for someone. I remember when it happened for me the last time. It was a couple days before New Years Eve of 2012, feeling sluggish, fat, and not the prettiest. I didn’t have the most exciting plans yet and decided that I would just chill out with a couple friends. But what was bothering me was that I grew up, a tall, skinny, healthy girl and then BAM! I look, and I’m 24, unhappy, and overweight. Something had to give. I had tried to lose weight before with Weight Watchers, with the bully that everyone is familiar with, Jillian Michaels… But this time would different. And surprisingly with that mindset, it was.
I started watching what I was eating, somewhat. I wasn’t starving myself but I wasn’t going out every day. Slowly, the weight started falling off. First two months, I lost 16 pounds! That was the push I needed to keep going.
I continued to run, longer and longer distance for me, inside and then actually began to love running outdoors, since the scenery helped me pass the time, and as long as your iPod was charged, you were good. I can’t tell you how many times I ended up in the middle of the woods in silence. There is nothing like hearing your own breathing to UNmotivate you to run.
I started to blow up my Pinterest with food ideas, clean eating, and new recipes. Don’t worry, I didn’t skip happy hour. My metabolism had returned to its three-sport rate from high school!
School started and of course that was something to get back used to, but by the end of 2014, I had held my 60 pounds down as my total weight loss. I looked like a completely different person!
The only struggles I had this year was moving. I started to try Shakeology, but it was the week I was moving out of town. Friends wanted to take me out for last drinks, get togethers, etc, so there is no way I could stay on a diet plan then… And who knows the next time I was going to have good friend pickles!
Now that I have settled, I have gotten back into Shakeology and my goal is to lose the last 9 pounds (I’m back at 209) by the end of October.
It’s totally doable. 🙂
And I can’t wait to celebrate. Anything is possible you put your mind to! And you can still eat those nachos! Because, I sure I did!
~ Written by one of my most amazing friends, Sarah <3