I keep telling you how I’ve been losing weight over here, yet I don’t have much to show for it on my blog. So today I’m going to share my before and afters. I don’t want this to be a really long post. And I know you guys love my drawings and everything, so I hope you won’t blow up when I skip them this time.
This is me in late February 2014:
By the way, I don’t normally walk around like the Incredible Hulk..I was specifically told to pose like that.
As you can clearly see, I was quite overweight here. As you clearly cannot see, I was feeling pretty low. I know maybe I look like a jovial prankster in these photos or perhaps like I just stole something, but I actually wasn’t trying to be funny. I felt ashamed and unattractive. Being overweight was ruining my life. I was truly miserable about how I looked and felt.
As you may remember, I worked my butt off for many weeks. I blogged about my weight loss adventures here and here. In hindsight, I wish I’d blogged about it every week, but to be honest I was so afraid I was going to fail that I didn’t want to say much about it. I have been overweight for a really long time and in some ways had accepted the lie that I was incapable of losing weight and would always be fat. Forever.
After six weeks of eating clean and working out five days a week with some really amazing trainers, this is how I looked:
Better, right? I also decided to brush my hair, which certainly helped my overall look.
That’s me after losing 19.2 pounds. I went from size 14 to a size 10, from a large/extra large shirt to a medium and I lost 3.6 percent body fat.
I was feeling pretty great and was ready for more. So I did another six week challenge.
Here I am after twelve weeks:
I didn’t lose twenty in my second challenge, but still did great. Here are my overall stats:
I lost 35 pounds
6.? % Body fat (I need to check those numbers again, sorry)
Went from a size 14 to a size 6
Went from a size large shirt to a small
I also lost the painful inflammation in my arms and legs that I’d been suffering with for five years.
I am proud of me. My husband and kids are proud of me. My friends and family are proud of me and I’m setting a good example for my children.
I am not a particularly great workout person. There are people I trained with who are just amazing at working out and they put me to shame. But I can do push ups now! I can lift 20 pound hand weights, too. Not for all movements, but for some. I still absolutely hate burpees. I don’t know if I’ll ever get better at them, but I can do them. My jumping jacks, however, are to be envied. Richard Simmons ain’t got nothin on me.
I like the feeling of knowing I worked out. I like the satisfaction of getting the job done. I am not going to be able to work out at my gym anymore because it’s too expensive, so I’m going to be using the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred for awhile and running in the mornings. My version of running is truly akin to a drunk person ambling around on the street, so I hope it will be sufficient. Yesterday I did almost two and a half miles, though, with minimal swearing, and I think that’s an accomplishment worth celebrating. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.
So once more, here is my side by side before and afters of my 12 week challenge:
If I have one message to share from my experience, it’s that you should never give up on yourself. Do you hear me?! I said NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF.
Never believe the lie that you are not worth it. Never say to yourself “Oh, I’m just one of those people who can’t lose weight, who can’t change.” I’m just the fat friend, the fat sister, the fat mom.
God didn’t become man so that we could cry into our soup and wave the white flag. Through Him, all things are possible. Even losing weight.
I’m not saying that it’s easy. I’m not saying that if you just pray real hard, your weight will magically fall off. You have to work your ASS off for it.
But this is the thing: He can give you the Grace to do it. He can give you the drive and the desire. He can send people – amazing people – to help you. But like me, you might have to take a leap of faith to do it.
You know what? It’s one of the best leaps of faith I’ve ever taken and I don’t have a single regret.