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The Power of Baby Steps! -40lbs in 22weeks

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Today I am just on cloud nine watching the results of baby steps.

When I first wanted to lose weight I didn't want to take baby steps. I wanted to lose 5lbs every week and just get it over with. I couldn't find patience if it was hiding in my back pocket! I tried to lose weight so many times but obstacle after obstacle knocked me down and I just gave up.

July 14th my family went to a celebration in town. We live in a small town and you go from store to store and there are activities and foods and booths on the sidewalk. We got ice cream and henna tattoes and my daughter got to play on a fire truck. On the way to a booth my daughter and I were holding hands and her dad took a picture. When we returned home I looked at my phone and saw the picture. Was that really me? I know I weighed more than I ever did before but I didn't think I looked too bad! Yet, I saw this picture and I looked so round and swollen. I realized I had to quit the roller coaster because all I was doing was going higher and higher.

I went shopping two days later and put some HEALTHIER food in the house. And I began walking. I started losing weight and I slowly started dealing with the emotional issues holding me back. I stopped binge eating. I had to remind myself that I didn't need to eat 1/2 of a cheesecake. I could have a slice and if it was all gone later- I could simply go to the store and buy another. I didn't need to eat food that I didn't like. I didn't need to give up pizza forever. I just need to make small changes and try to live the way I want to live the rest of my life.

A few days ago I stepped on the scale to see 192.2lbs and that is a total loss of 39.6lbs. 150 days after taking that picture I have lost almost 40lbs and dropped from a size 18 jean to size 12/14 jeans.

Baby Steps
1. Drinking 8-10 cups of water daily helped curb my appetite and slow mindless eating.
2. No food bans. Stopped me from mourning or obsessing about foods that I didn't have. Which we all know leads to a massive binge!
3. Lower junk food. I didn't ban chips, soda, cookies or donuts but I did force myself to only eat these things 1-2 times a week until my craving for these things began to lower and I could eat in smaller amounts.
4. Eat breakfast. Oatmeal or yogurt in the morning really made me feel positive and gave me the motivation to continue the day with healthier food.

I am now trying to focus on fitness for the month of December. Today I went out for a walk/run. Even though I haven't been out running in months I posted my best per mile average and there was not a hint of pain in my knees even when I was full on sprinting. It was beautiful. My feet didn't hurt. My knee wasn't throbbing. My chest didn't feel tight. I just felt good. And that is probably the best part. I wanted to be able to play with my daughter without my weight holding me back. Today I took a small walk with my daughter and then took her home so SHE could rest and I could push harder.

Baby Steps!!!!!!! Gotta love em!
Good Luck Sparkers! Don't forget today's baby steps. One day you will look up and realize that those baby steps do add up!
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