That's just unreal! When I started trying to lose weight, I thought that maybe I'd get down to 180 pounds and be content. When I set my original goal, I really didn't think I'd actually get to that weight. I hadn't been my goal weight in 6 years, plus I had a kid and just didn't have the time to devote to going to the gym every single day. When I got into the 170's a while back, I started thinking maybe this was possible.
Okay, so let's talk official results...
From November 12, 2011 until June 15, 2013 I have lost 61.7 pounds!
That's a 28% change in my entire body.
I was in a tight size 16 pants size, probably should have been a comfortable 18.
I am now a very comfortable (getting baggy) size 10, fitting into some 8's.
My shirt size went from an XL everything to mostly Mediums and now some Smalls!
I had heartburn and acid reflux every single day prior to losing weight. I have now had mild heartburn three times over the past year.
I have three compressed discs in my lower back. I suffered from chronic back pain and was treated with steroids every three months prior to losing weight. I (thankfully) have not had a back issue in over a year.
I once took multiple antidepressants prior to losing weight.
I have not been on any medications (other than antibiotics) for a year and a half.
I outweigh my 3.5 year old son by only 108 pounds!
In my waist alone, I have lost 12 inches.
These are only the real, measurable results. I wish I could fully explain to you what losing this weight has actually done for me. I have my life back. I feel absolutely amazing now. My energy levels are so much higher now! I've gained confidence, found happiness, and discovered that I actually do fit in with my family now. There's nothing like being able to actually participate in my son's life instead of sitting around watching him.
Unless you've actually been through something like this, it's so difficult to grasp how amazing this day feels. For those of you who have followed along while I've done this, I am just so grateful for your kindness and support. I never imagined anyone would actually care to read about my struggles. Some of you have sent the most encouraging emails and comments along the way. It made all the difference in the world for me. There were days I was so aggravated with the lack of progress. I'd get angry when I'd try something that just plain didn't work well for me. But, then y'all chimed in during those times and really just helped me so very much. I was afraid to stop then since I didn't want to let anyone down. So I kept trying things so that when I did find something that worked, I could pass it on.
Okay, so now that I'm here....
I'm gonna keep it going! I never thought this weight was possible to begin with, so I may as well see what I actually can do. I'm going to continue to eat clean, do Zumba, and see where I go from here. I'm just not ready to stop yet and I am excited about new possibilities.