Remember when I was talking about New Year's Resolutions and said I wanted to lose enough weight to feel comfortable in a bikini?
Well, I DID IT!!!! It's been a long time coming. A few pounds fell off after the first of the year, but the rest came off once I finally changed my diet.
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Last spring, summer and fall, I kicked my exercise routine into high gear, but never really saw results (I wasn't watching what I was eating, so that didn't help). That was extremely frustrating and made me a little grumpy.
Then, I heard someone say that it's 80% nutrition and 20% exercise, so when my friend Elaine asked me to join her one week clean eating challenge in March I did it. I kept that going for the next few months and more weight came off.
How much weight? Well, let's just say I'm fitting into clothes I haven't worn since high school and they look better on me NOW.
It never was about a number on the scale. It's more about how I feel. My weight has been my one insecurity and the thing that has held me back so much in many areas of my life. I was the queen of excuses when anyone mentioned going to the pool/beach/hot tub/anywhere I'd have to wear a swim suit. I was embarrassed and didn't want anyone to see me like that.
This is the picture that keeps me motivated. This was taken the weekend before I moved away from Indiana in October 2012. One of my college friends was living in Wisconsin at the time and suggested we go to World Dairy Expo. You don't have to ask me that twice! I had a great weekend, but was mortified when I saw the photos. Since when did I gain so much weight??? That was the last straw. I had to do something.
Since November 2012, I've lost 25 pounds and I'm so proud of that. I usually don't post stuff like this on social media or any public forum because, for me, this is as personal as it gets. Because of that, I'm so extremely excited to have dropped not only 25 pounds, but also my major insecurity. I got my confidence back. I still have about five pounds to go, but I'm confident I can do it and then keep it off.
When I was struggling, a lot of friends encouraged me to keep going and when something didn't work to try something else. Fad diets don't work. Killing yourself with exercise doesn't work for very long. Starving yourself is not recommended. There's a lot to be said about "doing it the old fashioned way" by eating better and exercising in moderation.
I don't exercise every day and if I want ice cream, I have it. I don't have it every day though. I've started cooking more, but I go out several times a month. Portion control has been a key player here. Nothing is off limits in moderation. I absolutely LOVE cheese fries with bacon. If I'm craving it, I'll have some, but I won't eat the whole plate.
Where do I go from here? Certainly not back to where I was, that's for sure!! This was a lifestyle change. Some have called me a health nut when I was going to extremes in the past, but I'm getting better at practicing everything in moderation. Feeling good in my skin again is the best reward I could ask for.
And just in time for summer!! You can bet I won't be using any excuses when someone asks if I want to go to the pool, hot tub or anywhere else that involves a swim suit this summer.