You know how you hear about those pictures where people say they saw a picture and decided they needed to make some changes? This was one of mine. It was about 3 years ago today. My friend took it of me playing with a dog, but all I could see was my three chins, and my self-hatred. I’d stare at this thinking “this just isn’t me”
I had to to stop weighing myself at 223 pounds because I’d step off and would just start crying. I think I got even bigger though. I was a TIGHT size 18. And while I don’t believe a girls body defines her self worth, I knew that I wasn’t taking care of myself, both on the inside and the outside. I never thought I could go back to where I was. .
Working out sucks sometimes, (or for me-always). Not having the second piece of cheesecake (cause I still have the first) is sometimes soul crushing if you’re a food-addict like me. But I knew the time would pass eventually, and I could use it to improve myself, or let time slip away, as it has a way of doing. I encourage everyone to choose the former. .
So here’s another thing I never thought I’d do, publicly announce my weight. But today I’m at 172 and a comfortable size 8. It was really hard some days. Most days. But I learned through 5 years of being overweight, that the time will pass either way. So you can decide to use it to improve yourself, or let it slip through your fingers, as life has a way of doing. .
I encourage everyone to the former. The journey is worth it. Here’s to another 3 years of health, growing, soul searching, life-exploring. .
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