No matter the plan... we all Blog to Lose!
6 Years, 50lbs and 4 sizes. Alexis proves slow and steady wins the race even though now she's a speed demon!
I started out in 2005 (age 31) at 188 lbs and wearing a size 16/18 at 5'3. Now in the summer of 2011 (age 37) I weigh 138 and am currently a size 4/6!
I have always wanted to run a full 26.2 mile marathon! After losing the first 25 lbs, I ran the Country Music Marathon in Nashville in April 2007 finishing in 5:15! After I lost another 20 lbs, I ran my 2nd full marathon and shaved off an hour on my finishing time... completing it in 4:15!!
I began my weight loss journey 6 years ago! There have been many struggles along the way. It took my mind a while to catch up to my physical progress. I have decided that the slower the weight comes off, the more lasting it will be!
Although I reached my WW goal of 140 lbs, I have a personal goal to be 125 lbs. That will put me right smack dab in the middle of the "normal" range for my age and height on the BMI chart. I want to be able to maintain 125 lbs but not feel like I'm depriving myself of LIFE! I am currently 138 lbs.
I feel like I've made peace with myself in regards to food. I have absolutely no desire to ever "diet" again. I feel confident in making healthy food choices and I thoroughly enjoy working out! I feel like my confidence is back and I want to continue this trend. My family notices that I am happier!
I am a people pleaser... or maybe I used to be. When I had company in town or guests over at my house, I would never want to be "the girl on a diet." I found it very difficult to eat healthy on a consistent basis because we were always to busy with other people. I finally decided that I was going to have to be consistent over time and make the change. True friends would understand and they did. I realized that it wasn't that big of a deal to eat healthy and I just started doing it.
I have maintained a private blog with my sisters in law. We have actually had several that we have changed around from time to time... but ultimately having someone to be accountable to makes all the difference in the world! I was more focused knowing I had to report my daily food and work outs! They were there for me during this VERY slow process! We have recently made our blog public at www.firelitesfire.com and you can "like" us on facebook/firelitesfire.
I was reading on a yoga website and this one thing really caught my attention. "Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting where you are. Rest sometimes. Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are."
It's not always easy for me ... I don't want you to think for a moment that it's easy for me. IT HAS GOTTEN EASIER...... but I think because I started way back in 2005 and I have been playing with the whole concept of WW, keeping a food journal, etc for several years. Even though it's easier... it's NOT EASY!!
I look back to how I was eating through the holidays. I was miserable and didn't feel good at all. Now that I've pretty much gotten back on track, I feel great! I love the freedom to be able to eat whatever I am craving! Following WW is the one thing I have complete control over! I'm the boss of it. I decide what food I'm putting in my mouth. I decide if I'm gonna work out. It has become a kind of "game" that I love to play. You have to give yourself some credit. And don't roll your eyes or act like it's not important. You are doing a great job! Keep journaling... keep thinking about it.... keep trying to figure it out. Don't give up. You will have success. We are all in different phases of life right now. Please don't be so hard on yourself! You are gorgeous!!! Smile.... you are great!!!!!
I can FEEL your enerty and motivation Alexis! LOVE IT!