I have been anticipating, dreading, getting excited, and worrying over this post for more than a month. As many of you have noticed, I have transformed my body and life. Last week, marked my year milestone from when I started my weight loss journey. This makes me feel proud, nervous, motivated, and a whole lot of other things. While I have shared bits and pieces of my story with close friends and family, I feel like it is time to be vulnerable and put it here on my blog. Perhaps my story and joy will help someone with their own journey.
This is just an introduction to all the ins and outs to what I’ve been up to. I just want you to see the starting point and where I am now. Over the coming weeks, I will post about my inspiration, favorite foods, workouts, motivation, and anything else y’all might want to know.
These are from my ring day September 2010. I was at my heaviest around 265.
Spring Break in Vegas March 2011
Graduation May 2011 – Somewhere in 2011, I lost around 15 pounds.
Liza’s Ring Day November 2011 – This is the closest picture to my starting point.
Now for the numbers:
If you can’t read that it says Starting weight: 249.6 Body Fat: 121.7 lbs or 48.8%.
Currently, I weigh 166.4 and my body fat is 45.1 lbs or 27.1%.
That makes my totals to date: 83.2 lbs and 21.7% body fat lost. Of that weight lost, 76.6 lbs or 92.1 % came from fat. This is a huge victory for me. I was aiming for about 80% of my weight loss to be from fat.
My ultimate goal is to be within the healthy BMI range and living an active life with a well balanced diet. I have the active life and diet down, but am still working on my goal weight. 150 is in my future!
What my “now” looks like:
Colorful and filled with lots of running & sweat therapy.
Don’t worry – I still have just as much joy as before…maybe even more!
A few words to encourage me when I can’t do a full pull-up, gain a pound, am insecure about what others think, and worry way too much. In the end, trying and failing lead to some form of success.
I am so so incredibly blessed and humbled at the changes in my body and life. While I don’t wake up everyday and think “I’ve lost X number of pounds – that’s awesome,” I am reminded every so often of ways these changes have influenced others.
I am proud.
I am strong.
I am grateful.
And I am changed for the better.