Sunday, October 12, 2014

Circus 2014 and Comparison Pictures

This weekend we met up with some of our friends to go to the circus. We've been every year since 2011 and Caleb absolutely loves it. It's a really long show so keeping him entertained can be exhausting! 

The proceeds go to the Alhambra Shriners and the company we work for is a sponsor. They put on a great show for the kids and we always enjoy it. 

Since we've been going for a while, I have plenty of weight loss before and now pictures. It's amazing to see the difference. Sometimes I'm still in awe of how far I've come. I feel like I've worked hard and I look forward to seeing more progress as I go. 

I can remember seeing this picture when we got home from the circus for the first time. I knew I had a weight problem, but I wasn't motivated to really do anything about it. I'd try to lose weight for maybe a week, not see all the weight magically fall off overnight, and give up. It was a cycle I was trapped in.

Weight loss isn't just getting up and working out or following such and such diet. It's mental. Day in and day out, I have to stay committed to my goals.

At this point, I'm mostly thankful. I am so very grateful for this journey. Some days I struggle. Some days I get so frustrated. There's plateaus that maybe last four months. But in the end, I had this experience. So many people around me are struggling and losing their own weight loss battles. Day after day I see people so aggravated with trying and failing.

I honestly don't know why I'm different. There's no secret to this. So many of you have written me asking for advice. At the end of the day, it feels like I disappoint some of you. There's no quick fix. There's no miracle.

But it's very possible. Even for us busy moms with busy kids and busy families. Even if we don't have a ton of money or time.

Yes it's hard work, but I can promise you with my whole heart that every single bit of it is worth it. It's worth saying no to eating out often. It's worth taking the time to fix nutritious meals at home. It's worth working out even if I'm tired sometimes.

Do it for you. Do it for the amazing feeling you get when you slide into those goal jeans and realize there's plenty of room to button them. Do it for the feeling of accomplishment you get when you can physically do something that seemed so impossible before. Do it for the looks you get from your husband when you walk by. Do it for your overall health and well being. 

If you don't have any other reason to do it, just look to those little faces that love and adore you. Do it for them. Your children are watching you. They copy you. 

Be healthy. Love your body. Embrace your journey. It means more to them than you'll ever realize. 

There are days that I'm tired of choosing to live healthy. Some times I want to say forget it and pig out on every unhealthy food around. But then I see my family and I know what I have to do. They're following my example and I refuse to let them down. On the toughest days, I do it for them.

1 comment:

  1. Ha ha! I love how Caleb is looking between you two in the first pic. Too cute!
    I love your blog because you keep it real. I can't even find the will to start on a journey because that little voice in my head says "you'll just quit again, so why bother?!" My other problem is my husband is a very very picky eater. The only vegetable he will eat is a potato. And it seems when I buy fruits and veggies they ruin before I can eat them all. Thanks for listening!



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