Today I’m taking a trip down memory lane to celebrate my one-year anniversary on my journey to weight loss, better health, and fitness. June 10, 2015 is a day that I’ll always remember as a day that changed my life forever.
It seemed so long ago that I weighed 233 pounds – I look at these pictures of myself from a year ago, and it’s almost like looking at two completely different people. I have trouble believing that that was me, not so long ago.
The memories of staying home on weekends or running my errands in the evenings because I was ashamed and unhappy with my size feel like very distant memories – painful, yet fleeting moments of a lifetime that no longer exist in my current reality.
I can’t believe that today last year was the first time I did a plank – and it started an addiction to doing a lot of core work at the gym (even when I wasn’t training!). I remember feeling how painful a 15-second modified plank was – I was sore as hell, like someone had spilled acid on my abs, but my out of shape self held it up with a burning desire to not let my trainer get the best of me (which gave way to many, many glaring death stares at her direction…LOL).
I remember those first few weeks when I would dutifully log my food every day – and how it would take an hour to log the next day’s meal – struggling to understand how to eat in macros. I remember how I ate in those days – it was mainly a protein, veggies and rice for most meals – and how I doubted every minute that eating in macros was going to help me lose weight. Despite the fact that a cynical part of me wanted to prove to my trainer that this macro diet was never going to work, it proved me wrong in the end.
A year and 68 pounds later, I’m a better, lighter, and happier person because of all of this. I’m now able to manage my diet by applying meal prepping strategies and eating foods that I love by creating them in macros. I’m able to log my food in 10 minutes or less with eating a variety of foods and in my 40/30/30 macro breakdown. I’m constantly seeking out new ways to elevate my fitness level and challenge myself to learn something new. I’m a more confident, more centered, more creative and more energetic person. Lastly, I want to share this newfound knowledge in order to help people take control of their health and show them that you don’t have to eat salad and plain “diet food” to lose weight!
At this point in time, I’m on the last leg of my weight loss goal – just 40 more pounds to go! I know that I’m not there yet, but the goal no longer seems impossible now. The road is starting to clear up and I’m pounding the pavement, racing to the finish line, and I’m excited to see what’s next.
I’m thankful for everyone who‘s helped support, inspire and motivate me throughout this journey – most of all, my best friend (who inspired me with his training and weight gain stories), and my trainer (who never gave up on me, even at my most stubborn moments).
See you at the finish line!