Friday, November 30, 2012

Fat Friday

For my 50th post I wanted to do something special. First, I started updating the page. Ideally, I want the logo to be without the white, but I can't seem to get it to work. I will also be adding content to various pages on the tabs at the top. Seems like every other blog has these, so I want to keep up with the Jones'.

Second, I want to talk a little bit about weight. I was reading a post by TorontoRunner, so I was inspired to talk about my own weight issues. This is definitely a sensitive subject for anyone, but I feel like this is something I have only recently begun to concern myself with. Let me just use a picture to demonstrate my first point:

The picture of me on the left is from 2009. I found this picture a few days ago, and I was shocked. I didn't even recognize myself. I was happy at that point, but I most certainly wasn't happy. I was eating way too much and getting no exercise. Quite frankly, I was lazy. Soon after this picture, I found myself n grad school; that was the end of laziness. Nothing like a few graduate level classes to make you productive. I also started to exercise a little, and I lost some weight.

The picture on the right was taken last week while on vacation. Clearly, there is a difference. I am 29, but I don't look or feel that old. Of course, this transformation didn't begin until last January. I fell off the wagon in 2011, and it took another large weight gain and confidence loss to realize things needed to change.

To be honest, a few things needed to happen in order to really get focused. I needed real motivation, and I found it in the mirror. I was finally able to see what I was becoming. No one ever said anything, but I wasn't getting around as well as I would like. Additionally, I wasn't make it through long days with the kind of energy I would like. I started to run and exercise as a way to lose weight. Then, when I realized I was actually pretty quick, and that I was becoming genuinely addicted to what I was doing, I became hooked. That is what I needed. I needed a reason to exercise beyond weight loss. I needed a way to really enjoy it.

It has been nearly a year since drastically changing my lifestyle, and I couldn't be happier. I will talk more about this when the new year comes around, but now fitness and looking good are synonymous with an enjoyment and happiness I haven't known before. I am far more confident than I ever have been. I even find that people treat me differently in a positive way. People are far more willing to do things for you when you don't look gross.

Looking good isn't everything, but it certainly helps. I like knowing that my lifestyle choices are positively impacting those around me. I like knowing that I will never stop now, and that I can really move forward towards my goals. I have new found faith in myself, and an outlet to vent frustration that otherwise would be kept inside. Everything about me is better now, and I am only going to improve.

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  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing your story. You look fantastic.
    I think there's always something in us that "clicks" and we make that lifestyle change. Before that click, nothing anyone says will make a difference.

    I can't even express enough how much my energy levels have increased since exercising as well.
    Keep it up!

  2. The energy thing is the best part. I am a machine most days. Two-a-days with teaching kindergarten in the middle? Yikes.

    Thanks for the kind words. You and my picture inspired me.

  3. Awesome transformation! Feeling energetic and happy makes all the difference in the world, right?! :) You look great.

  4. Thanks for sharing your story! You look amazing and it's awesome that you have found exercise to be such a benefit. I mean really you have to love what you are doing to make it effective!

    P.S. Thanks for following my blog! I share your feeling about age, you definitely don't look 29. I am 31 and everyone thinks I am 21, guess we will be happy when we get older! lol

  5. Thanks for the kind words, and thank you for following me as well! Talking with other bloggers is quickly becoming an important outlet for me.

    I definitely wouldn't peg you for 31, and I definitely don't think that is a bad thing!


    This is amazing and what a great example to others.

    It's not just about looking good, it's about being able to perform and stay active and fit for any challenge!

  7. Thanks! Gotta be fit to teach kindergarten!

  8. Congrats! Stories like yours are such an inspiration, especially for those people who think, "I'm not a runner." And a kindergarten teacher?! And I thought I had it rough when I taught middle school for 8 years ;)