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I Lost 100 Pounds: But Gained So Much More!

I Lost 100 Pounds: But Gained So Much More

I lost 100 pounds! I lost more than my youngest kid weighs. It’s an amazing feeling, but it hasn’t been easy. I fought for every ounce I lost, scolded myself for every pound I re-gained, and celebrated every single step I took toward achieving my goal. During this process, I dealt with countless obstacles and it would have been so easy for me to give up. I even did for a little while. When I first began my journey, I weighed in at 278.6 pounds and had type 2 diabetes. But, y’all already know that. Right now, I’m 178.6 pounds and in no danger of being diabetic!

According to the Lose It! app, it took me 23 months and 16 days to achieve my goal of losing 100 pounds. Not too bad considering that I stopped trying for quite a few months and was limited on physical activity due to having a hysterectomy. Once I was released, it was on! I may have lost 100 pounds but I’ve gained so much more from this journey!

Love, Acceptance & Patience

Before I began, and even during, this journey, I didn’t love or accept myself and you can forget about having patience with myself. I didn’t hate myself but I wasn’t pleased at all. Each time I looked in the mirror or caught a glimpse of myself elsewhere, I would cringe and automatically focus on my flaws. My face was fat, my belly stuck out further than my boobs, etc.

Throughout this journey, somewhere, and I can’t pinpoint where, I fell in love with myself. I learned to accept myself for who I am and not worry about what I’m not. My patience was severely tested each time the scale didn’t move or someone would poke fun at me for measuring my food. I learned that I had to wait for my body to catch, which it always did. And, for those who poked fun at me, who’s laughing now, huh?

Perfect Does NOT Exist

For a type A person like me, perfection is always the end-result. Well, forget about it because that shit doesn’t exist. Repeat after me: there’s NO such thing as perfect! If you wait for all conditions to be perfect to start, you’ll never start anything. Life isn’t perfect – there’s highs and lows and in-betweens and you gotta learn to roll with it. Enjoy the good moments, learn from the not-so-good moments, and chill out in the in-betweens.

I’m Capable

I’ve learned that I’m more than capable to achieving anything I set my mind to. My body is capable of working hard and doing more than I ever thought possible. I’m capable of making changes and sticking with them. I’m capable of walking away from food when it doesn’t serve me in a positive way. I’m capable of processing my emotions without using food for comfort. The point is, I’m capable!

Strength, Confidence & Determination

I cannot begin to articulate just how strong, confident, and determined I feel now. It’s amazing to feel this way about myself and I’m enjoying every second of it. Yes, I still have some work to do, but I’ve already come so far. My confidence is through the roof these days and that’s taking some getting used to. I’ve always been somewhat determined and everyone tells me they wish they had my strength, but I don’t remember the last time I truly felt strong and determined. I’ve never felt it like I feel it now, I can tell you that.

I used to give up fairly easily when things weren’t going the way I thought they should go. But, one quote has changed my mindset for the better:

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore and I’m much happier because of it!

Food Isn’t Evil

I’ve never thought of food as evil, but I’ve had many other thoughts about it in the past. I’ve learned that I don’t have to give up the food I enjoy to achieve my goals. It all comes to moderation! I still get my iced coffee from Dunkin’ but I get a small or medium instead of a large. You notice I said “a”? I only get one when I used to get multiple. I try to stick to no more than 2 Dunkin’ runs per week. I don’t feel deprived of something I enjoy but it’s not enough to wreck all the work I’ve done.

I no longer run to the chips or cookies or cakes when I’m upset, which is much less often these days. I’ve actually started craving healthy foods, like celery. Who the hell craves celery?! I know that’s what you’re thinking. But, I do. I’ve gained so much more knowledge about food and nutrition and getting healthy the proper way that it no longer bothers me when junk food is brought into the house. I’m just like, “eh, whatever” and I keep it moving.

What’s Next?

I’ve come a long way in a relatively short period of time and this still isn’t my stop. I’ve set a new goal of 160 pounds and I’ve added strength training to my routine. I currently walk 3.25 miles most mornings and workout with weights after that. I wake up at 5 am every day so I can get an early start on my walk to beat the heat. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t (it’s very hot and humid here). I’ll evaluate things again once I hit 160 and go from there. I’m not aiming for a specific number on the scale; I’m aiming for what makes me happy and healthy.

Lost 100 Pounds But Gained So Much More

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How Has Weight Loss Changed My Thinking?

How Weight Loss Has Changed My Thinking

I’ve done this before – a million and one times actually. Losing weight is something I don’t remember not doing….except when I just didn’t care about it. But, something has changed in me this time. Maybe it’s because I’m tired of losing the same weight two, three, four, one hundred times, only to put it on again. I noticed one HUGE thing the other day that I’ve never noticed before. So, how has weight loss changed my thinking?

More Confidence

There’s nothing better for your confidence than dropping pounds. It empowers you, makes you feel stronger, and you just exude confidence. Well, at least I do. I feel like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to and that’s a great feeling. I’m also in smaller clothes now and that’s freakin’ awesome!

An increase in my confidence has changed my thinking from “I can’t do that” to “Watch me knock this out!” I’m proud of myself and what I’ve accomplished already. I want to do more but I’m keeping realistic expectations. I know I’m going to slow down and even plateau. I’m preparing myself for it now so, when it does happen, I won’t let it get me down.

Seeing Food Differently

It’s no secret that I’m an emotional eater, but my relationship with food has changed tremendously in such a short time. About 2 weeks ago, I was really pissed off at my husband. I bitched about him to anyone who would listen. Usually, I would turn to food to help me feel better, but I didn’t do that this time. While I was on the phone having a bitch session with my mom, I walked laps around my dining room table. I replaced my food cravings with activity and it’s done amazing things for me.

Craving Activity

It used to be I would sit around, watching television, doing nothing. Now, I’m barely still. Some of that is thanks to my FitBit because it reminds to move every hour. I get at least 250 steps per hour, which is a little over 3,000 steps per day. I also get my workout in no matter what my schedule is like. I much prefer to do my workouts in the morning, but my schedule doesn’t always allow that. Instead of saying “eff it” and skipping it, I get it in just as soon as I can. I’m even thinking about joining a local gym!

My entire mindset has changed so much since the beginning of this year. February really, since that’s when I really got started (I wasn’t cleared for physical activity until January 23). I’ve been feeling absolutely amazing. Even the stress I’ve experienced with the hubs hasn’t been as difficult as it once was. I’m so grateful for a number of things, but, most importantly, I’m grateful for myself, my abilities, my strength, and my determination.

How Weight Loss Has Changed My Thinking

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The Difference Between Weight Loss Then and Now

The Difference Between Weight Loss Then and Now

July 2015 was when I was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I was prescribed Metformin to help lower my A1C, and it came with an awesome side effect – weight loss! In fact, while taking the Metformin, I lost over 60 pounds in six months. In January 2016, I was taken off the medication because I no longer had diabetes. I’ve recently realized a few things that I wish I had known back then…

What is Healthy?

My idea of healthy back then was not having diabetes. While it’s true that being overweight often brings on type 2 diabetes, not having it doesn’t mean you’re healthy. I was so focused on getting rid of diabetes that I totally lost sight of what it really means to be healthy.

Sure, I changed my eating habits, tracked all of my food, and never forgot my FitBit, but where did that get me? Nowhere! Some of you may be asking yourself how I can say that because I lost 60 pounds. Right? Well, here’s the answer. Once I no longer had diabetes, I didn’t know how to regulate my blood sugar on my own. The weight crept back on and, before I knew it, I was back up to 259 pounds at my last check up. I didn’t fully realize that I had to sustain that lifestyle change in order to get and stay healthy!

This is ALL Me!

My last check up was on January 17 and my doctor was very concerned about my weight gain. My A1C level wasn’t high enough to warrant another prescription of Metformin, thankfully, but it did indicate that I was borderline diabetic. Dammit! I did it to myself, which means I had to change it myself. That’s exactly what I’m doing.

In true Bobbi fashion, I did nothing for the first few days after that appointment. I was overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start. It’s a hard pill to swallow when you realize you’re making yourself sick…willingly! But, by January 21, I had gotten my act together and was taking action. I started logging all of my food again, getting off my ass more, and wearing my FitBit everywhere. I realized that I had to just start if I was ever going to get it done. This time, there is no Metformin, which means all the weight I’ve lost to date and will lose in the future, is ALL ME! I used to attribute my weight loss to the medication and now I can’t.

Better Motivation

This time around, I feel like I have better motivation. Not that having diabetes isn’t good motivation to get off your ass, but this time, I don’t have diabetes. I’m doing this because I want to, not because I’m trying to get rid of diabetes. Some of you will understand that and others won’t, but that’s okay. It works for me and that’s what matters right now. Knowing that I lost more than 60 pounds before is actually creating somewhat of a competition because I want to prove to myself that I can do this.

More Knowledgeable

I can’t rely on a medication to regulate my blood sugar, so I have to do it myself. I’ve learned how to do that effectively. I’ve learned more about what my body can do and I make sure I push it. I used to strongly dislike sweating because I didn’t like the way it made me feel. I still don’t like it but I can take a shower any damn time I want and feel better. I didn’t like breathing heavy while exercising and I still don’t. But, the more I do it, the easier breathing becomes. I didn’t have this seemingly simple knowledge the first time around.

I’ve also learned a lot more about carbs and sodium and, other than my coffee, water is the only thing I drink. I’ve even cut back on my coffee, and that’s saying something! I’ve learned so much about a lot of things but the one thing I’ve fully realized is that I don’t ever want to go back. If that means using Lose It! and FitBit every day for the rest of my life, so be it.

What’s Next?

Since January 21, I’ve lost 28 pounds and well on my way to living a much healthier and happier life. The next step is for me to step up my exercise and introduce strength training for toning. The weather is getting warmer (well, we have our days…lol) and I’ll be able to get outside more often. I much prefer to walk outside than to be inside working out to a video.

What it all boils down to is I’m finally ready to make a permanent change in my life. I’m going to have plateaus and setbacks but I’m going to keep moving. It took me 6 months to re-gain 47 pounds so it’s going to take me a while to take it off again. The good news is that I’m moving in the right direction.

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My Favorite Health Apps

My Favorite Health Apps

How many of you have a favorite app, or two? Not unlike most of you, I have quite a few apps installed on my iPhone but I do have my favorites. Of course, I have my apps organized in folders on my home screen, but one folder is my favorite. No, it’s not my social media folder…it’s my health folder. That folder houses the health apps I’ll never go without.

Lose It! 

This is the app I use to log all of my food and weight. I’ve tried a lot of apps in the past but Lose It! is my favorite by far. I love the interface, the bar code scanner, the dining out options, and so much more. I love it so much, I’ve been a premium member ($29.99/year) for almost 3 years! With the latest app update, there are themes so you can change the look and there’s Snap It! which allows you to take a photo of your food to add it to your log. This is still in beta, however. I haven’t used this feature so I don’t know how accurate it is.

I don’t log any of my exercise in this app because I wear a FitBit that tracks all of my activity. My FitBit syncs with Lose It! so there’s nothing for me to do. As long as my FitBit is charged and working properly, the apps take care of the rest.

The only feature I wish this app had is a water tracker. I like tapping on glasses to log my water instead of having to add it as a menu item. But, I can deal with it now.

FitBit

I’ve been using FitBit for a number of years now and I love it. I don’t use the app for logging food because that’s what Lose It! is for. But, I do log my water intake here. Why? It has the glasses I just tap! 🙂 I log my weight here and, of course, my activity is already tracked. I also participate in challenges to see who can get the most steps. Those help me tremendously to get in more steps than I normally would. Since this app is connected to my Lose It! app, all of the food I log is transferred to FitBit. I use the free version of this app because, in my opinion, paying for it isn’t worth it. The free version does everything I need. I’m currently using the Blaze but I want to get the Charge 2. It’s much smaller and more feminine for me. I’ll give my Blaze to the hubs so he can track his activity while he’s at work.

You would think that all fitness apps would be the same as far as your daily calorie intake is concerned, but they’re not. Lose It! and FitBit give me different amounts per day. It could be confusing if I put any thought into it, but, since I use Lose It! for my food, I don’t worry too much about what FitBit says. I do try not to go over what it says, just to be safe.

Runkeeper

This isn’t an app I use daily or even regularly, unless we’re in warmer weather. I use this app for tracking my walks, runs, and hikes outdoors. I don’t log any of this information anywhere and this app isn’t connected to any of my other apps; I just like seeing the miles per outing and the GPS of my activity. If I’m alone or walking with my Digger, I’ll stream my music through the app.

No matter what kind of device I use, I’ll always have these apps installed. They’re available on Apple and Android so there’s no excuse not to use them. I’d love to know what your favorite apps are. Comment below to tell me!

 

My Favorite Health Apps

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How I Beat Diabetes in 6 Months!

Six months ago, today, I learned I had type 2 diabetes. It wasn’t the best news, by a long shot. I realized that I had 2 choices: live with it or change it. On August 1, 2015, after 3 or 4 days of sulking, I decided I had to change it. I’m very fortunate to have such a strong support system in my family and friends, but, even so, it wasn’t always easy. I had my 6-month check up today – here’s how it went.

My Initial Diagnosis

Back on July 27, 2015, I went in for what I thought was a routine check up. Needless to say, I was shocked when I learned that my A1C was 6.8, which meant I had type 2 diabetes. My doctor immediately started me on Metformin and I was, for once, at a loss for words. It was one of the most difficult days of my life, but it was also a chance for me to make some changes. And, that’s exactly what I did!

What’s Changed For Me?

Every damn thing! Well, almost everything. I haven’t given up my iced coffees from Dunkin’ but you already know that. 😉 I’ve been a member of Lose It! for awhile but I only used it sporadically. Kinda like when the mood struck sort of thing. On August 1, 2015 it became, and still is, a constant in my life. I renewed my premium subscription and entered my stats from my doctor’s office. From that day on, I never missed a day logging my food. I also changed my food and the way I eat. The first thing I did was cut out sugar. Well, most of it anyway. I stopped using sugar in my coffee and I became very aware of the grams of sugar in my food. I stopped eating white carbs and went to whole grain instead. I learned that corn and lima beans turned to sugar when digested, so I haven’t had any since before July 27. My food became a top priority for me and now it’s just a habit. I measure every single thing. Yes, I took some heat for this by some people in my life, but, guess what? It didn’t matter then and sure as hell doesn’t matter now. I still measure certain things even though I’ve been doing this every day for 6 months. I’d rather be safe than sorry.

The Numbers…

Back in July, I weighed in at a whopping 278.6 pounds. My A1C was 6.8 and I was put on Metformin for type 2 diabetes. Well, as of this morning, my weight is 222.8 and my A1C was 5.4! That means I no longer take Metformin because I don’t have diabetes! It also means I’ve lost a total of 55.8 pounds. According to my doctor, my A1C is better now than it’s ever been! How’s that for kicking some ass?! YEAH!

When I first started this journey, I wore a size 26 and they were kinda snug around the middle. I was under the very misguided perception that bigger clothes helped to hide my weight. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking there! Anyway, I now wear a size 18 comfortably and prefer clothes that accentuate my figure; not hide it. I was in a 4X top and now I’m in a large or 1X, depending on the style. Oh, and check this out – my feet have gotten smaller! Yeah, I know you’re think how the hell does that happen?! But, here’s what happened. I used to wear wide width shoes and now I don’t. You’d be surprised at where your body carries weight; places you probably never even thought about, like your feet. July to December 2015

How’d I do it?

Hard work! I never gave up and there were plenty of times I wanted to. I gave up a lot but I refused to give up everything. I started logging everything that went in my mouth and I bought a FitBit Charge HR. From there, I made healthier choices and moved a hell of a lot more than I used to. I had to cut back on my work for a while in order to focus more on myself. That was difficult for me because I love my clients, my work, and I hated dumping the financial burden on my husband. But, I had to look at it like this: If I died, he’d have that burden anyway. So, I figured it was better for him to shoulder this burden alone for a few months than for years. I recruited friends and family to exercise with me: walking, hiking, etc. I didn’t limit my exercise partners to just other people. My fur babies got recruited, too. Digger loved it immensely because he got to sniff and pee on everything every day. I even started running! It wasn’t much and I didn’t do it well, but I still did it. Digger was the one I took on my runs because he could keep up. My poor Mocha is getting old so I don’t take her on runs. July to January

The Physical & Mental Struggle

Weight loss isn’t all physical. In fact, I think it’s more mental than physical because the mind is a powerful thing. Yes, my body was doing things it hasn’t done in years or ever, but my mind was trying to change old habits all at once. I’m a self-sabotager from way back so my mind definitely doesn’t always work to my advantage. This time, however, I couldn’t afford to sabotage myself. So, I informed my therapist of what was going on and we put together a plan. I’m not going to say that I followed it closely or that it worked all the time. What I will tell you is that it was great to have a plan to refer back to when things got hard. Believe it or not, I had the hardest time separating myself from the clothes that were too big. I didn’t want to lose that safety net but, eventually, I let go. I donated a large bag of clothing to Goodwill and it felt amazing! In December, I guess in preparation for the New Year, I decided to go through my closet and see what was there. Ya know, for someone who always said she had nothing to wear, I certainly had a lot of clothes. During my closet clean out, I boxed up a lot of stuff! Clothes to Donate Once I got over my phobia of donating clothes, it felt like a huge weight was lifted off of me. I’ve had to buy clothes here and there but I mainly wear my workout gear. Hey – ya never know when an opportunity is going to present itself and it’s best to always be prepared. I currently only have 2 pair of jeans but that’s more than I had when I started this journey. I’m not in a big hurry to run out and buy clothes because I loathe clothes shopping and I’m still losing weight. No need to spend money on clothes I’m not going to wear long. The people closest to me have started calling me “skinny”. I’m not skinny by anyone’s definition, but, compared to what I used to be, I can see why they call me that. At first, it was difficult to accept the compliment because I’m not used to being complimented on my appearance, but now I love it. Why? Because I earned that shit! For the first time in my life, I’m actually happy with who I am and what I look like. We all have this idea of who we are and we try to live up to our expectations and often fall short. Well, that’s how I am anyway. It’s no wonder I felt like such a disappointment most of the time. But, that’s all changed now. I don’t feel self-conscious about my appearance like I used to, I’m not considered a shut-in anymore, and I’m all about activities that get my heart pumping.

What I’ve Learned

The most interesting part of all of this is what I’ve learned about myself. I’ve always considered myself a strong person but I didn’t realize just how strong I was until I began fighting for my life. And, let’s face it, that’s exactly what I was doing. I’m still doing it. I’ll never stop. I’ve also learned that I can make healthy choices and still indulge every once in a while. Can I still get 2 and 3 large iced coffees a day from Dunkin’? Uh, no way! But, I can get one a day or even a small and medium on the same day. It’s all about compromise – not giving up. Dealing with sagging skin isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be either. I remember, way back when, I used to think that having sagging skin was no better than being fat because I still wouldn’t like how my body looked. I’m happy to report that I was so wrong about that! I have sagging skin now and it doesn’t bother me. Why? Extra skin doesn’t carry the health hazards that extra weight does and because I feel good about myself. Oh, and if you’re like me where you crave chocolate or sweets, give cashews a try. Seriously. I eat them when I feel a sweets craving and it takes care of it without all that nasty sugar. My journey isn’t over by any means but I’ve made great strides in the last 6 months. I still have about 40 pounds left to lose before I hit my goal weight so be sure to stay tuned for more!

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Lose It! #MyDayMyWay: The 4 Month Mark – Where Am I Now?

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!

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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!

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Lose It! #MyDayMyWay: My Battle Plan for Thanksgiving

My Battle Plan for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I’m scared. Although this holiday is supposed to be about giving thanks for what we have, we celebrate that by practicing gluttony. Um, yeah, that makes total sense. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving, getting together with family, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and enjoying the delicious smells that fill the house. But, there’s something to be said for giving thanks by gorging ourselves. I’ve never really thought about this until now. Perhaps it’s because I can’t eat like I normally would or maybe it’s because my relationship with food has seriously changed. Or, it just very well could be both. Now that I’ve finished with my rant (getting off my soap box now) it’s time I share with you my battle plan for successfully conquering this holiday!

Step 1: Don’t Skip Breakfast

Even though you may be tempted to skip breakfast so you can eat more at dinner, it’s not worth it. Skipping meals sends your body into starvation mode, which causes it to STORE fat. Thanksgiving is just another Thursday but with way more to do. Keep your daily routine the same as much as you possibly can. Last year and all the years before, I didn’t eat breakfast because I was too busy or because I wanted to save my appetite for dinner (which is really a late lunch). I’m not doing that this year. I will eat breakfast like it’s any other day. Everything else can wait 15 minutes. Look at it this way – this year you’re finally giving thanks for yourself by taking care of yourself. breakfast

Step 2: Don’t Sample Everything!

I don’t care how good it smells or how good it’s going to taste, stay away from it! You don’t need to sample everything you’re cooking. You already know what it tastes like so forget the extra calories. If something has to be tasted, have someone else do it.

Step 3: Fill Up Before Dinner

Well, maybe don’t fill up before dinner, but you know what I mean. Before you have dinner, eat a nice, healthy salad or something that’s healthy. I’m going to nosh on a salad before I go to dinner so I’m not tempted to eat a lot. 4.Mengintip-Diet-Unik-Ala-Selebritis-Dunia2

Step 4: Make Dishes You Can Eat

There are many ways to make your favorite dishes healthy so do it! I’ve been experimenting with a healthier version of mac and cheese and I’ll be making a small dish of that for myself. There’s no reason for me to deny myself one of my favorite foods if I don’t have to. We all have our favorite dishes so do some research to find out how you can make yours healthy. Here are a few websites to get you started:

http://www.CookingLight.com
http://www.FoodNetwork.com
http://www.EatingWell.com

I haven’t made a decision on which macaroni and cheese I’ll be making for Thanksgiving, but I’ll share the recipe with you once I’ve narrowed it down. This Thanksgiving will be done #MyDayMyWay because nothing is going to deter me from reaching my goals! I have two Thanksgiving dinners every year and I would normally eat a charge at each one. This year is going to be completely different because my mindset has definitely changed. Fortunately, my family fully supports me in my journey and that makes it much easier. However, I do have some of those family members who are going to say, “It’s Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday. You can work it off.” Bump that! It’s just another day of food for me. Why? Because I have a goal to become healthy and, by golly, I’m going to reach it! I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving! If you do happen to fall off the weight loss wagon, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on that sucker as soon as possible.

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. – Art Williams

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