My Transformations

Weight Loss Transformations

Thirty pounds lost. Isn't the human body amazing? All its capable of doing and withstanding. Sometimes I just can believe it. My body has done some amazing things, I mean.. I grew a beautiful little human being inside my body. Doesn't get any more amazing than that. Of all the things I've been able to do with my body, that is the thing I am most thankful for. But now that my sweet girl is ALL over the place, I need to be able to keep up with her. So deciding to stop wishing I could lose weight and start working to lose weight has been one of the greatest decisions I've made for myself in awhile. Thirty pounds lighter and I've been feeling better in my own skin again. No more headaches, which I seemed to get so often before I started working. And I have gained so much energy, which is great because now I can chase my sweet girl all over the place. 

People say it all the time, "When I gave up all my excuses... I found results". And that statement couldn't be anymore TRUE! I never in a MILLION years would think I would be back to my Army weight after having my daughter and letting myself go so bad. Never. Nope. Not me.... WRONG! Once I changed my thought process and threw out all my excuses why I couldn't do it. That was half the battle right there. Was it always easy? HELL NO! But, I had to keep my eye on the prize. I needed my self confidence back. I needed to feel happy again. But most importantly, I needed to get healthy. Your excuses are the only thing holding you back from achieving your goals. Don't let them! Because if you really want it. Like, REALLY want it. You WILL make it happen no matter what. There are good days, and bad days. But, no matter what... just keep fighting for what you want in life. And don't stop until you get it ♡

You would think that it would get easier for me to do this. But I'm still embarrassed by my "before" pictures. I just can't believe that was me, that I let myself go like that. The picture on the left was actually before I decided to start my weight loss journey. I was still in denial I needed to lose weight. I wouldn't say I was comfortable in my own skin, because I wasn't. But I just excepted my unhealthy body and life style. My excuse was, "Well.. I just had a baby". Even though, 8 months later.. it was no longer a viable excuse. Since then, 8 months later.. I'm 5 pants size down, 4 shirt sizes down and I've lost almost 75 pounds. I can't believe it myself sometimes. But I'm so glad I stuck out the "bad days", the numerous plateaus and the cravings and dedicated myself fully to this. I'm only 5 pounds away from my LOWEST Army weight.. heeeeyyy!!
I honestly never thought I'd see the day. I'm so happy now, and definitely comfortable in my own skin again. Which was my main goal from the start. Yay for lifestyle changes!

"I can't" versus "I CAN". For such a long time I told myself "I can't". I had SO many excuses as to why I couldn't lose weight and get healthy. And when I did try to lose weight, it only lasted about a week before I was back to my old ways again. Because I kept letting my excuses win, and I simply didn't believe I could do it. But after seeing myself in all our Christmas pictures, I KNEW I had to stop telling myself "I can't" and start telling myself "I can". Believing that you CAN is half the battle. 

Exactly one year later! I'm 76 pounds down today and happier and healthier than ever! It feels so great to gain my confidence back and feel comfortable in my own skin again  Wasn't easy, but 110% worth it. I suffered through a lot dealing with PTSD and PPD, but being able to lose this weight hasn't only helped me physically, but mentally as well. It's been such an amazing journey, and I wouldn't change it for the world. It really has helped make me a stronger person all around  Trust the process. It's not always easy, but it WILL make you stronger, physically and mentally.

Thanks to time hop for reminding me that one year ago today we took Kayleigh to Disney land for the very first time. As much as we loved it, there was one thing I didn't love. Being in pictures. I was still very self conscious about my weight, but still wasn't ready to do anything about it. I remember that day was SO hot, but I still wore jeans because I couldn't stand the thought of shorts and I wore THREE tanks tops. My tank tops were my security blanket. It definitely didn't help wearing so many layers in the California sunshine  I am so glad I decided to stop holding myself back. I wasn't happy, so I made the change. It took me awhile to reach the decision that I was actually going to do something about it. But once I got there, there was no turning back. Kinda makes me emotional thinking of how I felt that day when we were in our hotel room getting dressed for another day at Disney. My husband said to me, "You are going to wear pants? Babe, it's going to be so hot!"  He didn't mean any harm by his comment. He has always told me I am beautiful, but I just didn't see it for myself. The best feeling ever is just having my confidence back. Being able to wear shorts to the amusement park and not minding being in pictures. That's the best feeling ever. So, if you aren't happy. Make the change. You will thank yourself a year from now.

Once you start believing in yourself, nothing is impossible! You have to tell yourself, I CAN do this and I'm possible!! The only thing standing in your way from achieving your goals is yourself! 
{P.S: I just noticed that Kayleigh is wearing the exact same pants in there pictures! Haha-- totally not on purpose either! So weird!! 

1 comment:

  1. I love this. I wish there were more/better words to express how amazing you are. Thank you for sharing your journey.