After 4 Months - Where Am I?

It’s been just a little over 4 months since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and my life is completely different. I’m not the same person I was 4 months ago and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve learned so much about myself – mainly how mentally strong I really am – and I’ve heard myself say things I never thought would ever come out of my mouth.

I’ve learned that when I miss a workout, I’m a bear. I feel better after a walk/run and, if I don’t do it daily, I’m not fit to be around. I used to get like that when I was craving sugar. I’d go into a sugar rage and was just hateful. Ugh – I’m so glad that’s in the past now. But, that’s kinda how I get when I haven’t been active. I never, in a million years, thought I’d ever hear myself say that exercise makes me happy, but that’s exactly what it does. Don’t get me wrong – I’m sweating like a pig and breathing like an obscene phone call while it’s happening, but it is one of the best feelings in the world to me!

The start of my journey at 278 pounds

I have a ton more energy now and some of my family members have complained that I make them nervous because I can’t keep still. I don’t just stand; I walk/jog in place. When I’m on the phone, I’m not just sitting on the couch; I’m walking around the room. Believe me when I tell you that it all adds up in the end!

My weight loss has been easier this time around; maybe I was finally ready to do it after I heard the word “diabetes”. After 4 months, I can honestly say that being diagnosed with diabetes is the best thing that’s happened to me. It opened my eyes to so many things I was ignoring, and I know that I wouldn’t have made it this far without it hanging over me.

About a month in...
About a month in…

Be sure to keep your eye on that Lose It! shirt – you’ll see it again in a later photo and it doesn’t look the same. 😉

Me - October 2015 - 30 lbs lighter!
Me – October 2015 – 30 lbs lighter!

I’ve lost a total of 50.4 pounds! I began this journey wearing size 24 pants (and they were snug around the middle), and, now, well, I just bought a new pair of jeans and they’re a size 18! Hell yeah!!

B&A Shirt fits

And, guess what? I feel flippin’ FANTASTIC! My body does things now I never thought it would do – like run. Yes, I run! I don’t stress food anymore, I still treat myself to my iced coffees (if you follow me on Instagram, you know), and Thanksgiving wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I actually lost weight during Thanksgiving!

I still have a long road ahead of me but I’m more than halfway to my goal weight! Not too shabby, huh? So, stay tuned because there’s so much more to come!