Nobody’s gonna slow me down… oh no… I’ve got to keep on moving.
You’ll have that song stuck in your head for eternity now, right?
Why am I singing? Well let’s see, it’s Friday, I’m still coming down from my bike tour high (more on that later) and as of this week I have officially lost 50 pounds.
50 pounds. Go grab five bags of potatoes and lift them over your head. That is how much weight I’m no longer carrying.
I’m thrilled, excited, can’t believe it. I started this weight loss journey on Labor Day weekend, and now seven months later I actually feel like I’ve lost weight. I actually feel smaller. I’ve tried to lose weight multiple times before, but somehow this time things just clicked. I was already working out regularly, but I started monitoring my food intake. I did not cut things out, just limited them. As I kept going with the food and exercise I started running. I ran my first 5K. Now running is a huge part of my life, and I’m training for a triathlon. I can’t believe how much has changed in seven months.
So you want to see some pictures? I can hardly believe them myself.
Here I am with Jason, in all my glory, Labor Day weekend 2011. I decided to start losing weight a little bit before this, but when I saw this picture I got deathly serious. I had a good heart to heart with my mom about it in Colorado and her support has been so incredible throughout this journey.
I’m wearing bike clothes in all of the most recent pictures of me, so sorry about that. This is a picture of me on my bike tour last week. If you compare my size to Jason in both of these pictures I think you can get a pretty good understanding of how much weight I’ve lost.
Another picture that was taken a few weeks ago. I’ve lost another five or ten pounds since this was taken.
So how am I doing so far?
Right now I have another 25 pounds to lose before I’m in the healthy weight range for my height. Once I get to that point I might decide I want to lose another five or ten pounds, or I might be happy with where I am. But let me tell you one thing, I’m already the smallest I’ve ever been. I now wear smaller clothes than I did in high school, and they’re loose on me. So that’s an accomplishment right there.
I want to thank everyone who has been here with me through this journey. I’ve received so much encouragement from friends and family, IRL and not. All of your excitement and encouragement has made this process so much easier. I always know I have people on the sidelines cheering me on and I’m so grateful for that.