I have lost 27 pounds this year. I have also gained 1 walking buddy for weekdays (one of my neighbors) and another walking buddy for weekends (my husband <3) Eating healthy and making exercise a priority has really helped give me some of my confidence back. I feel healthier, stronger, and have more energy to do the things that are important to me.
For a long time I avoided social situations because of my weight. I was depressed, miserable, and ashamed of myself. I had just moved to a new state with my husband and I knew no one–so I turned to food for comfort. Before I knew it, I gained almost 100 pounds. I would tell myself “once I lose weight I’ll try to meet new friends.” Well that didn’t happen, and I just spiraled even more into a deep depression. It took a long time, but I’m beginning to understand that weight should NOT dictate how I live my life. I don’t have to wait until I have a Victoria’s Secret model body to go to a social event. (Plus, Victoria’s Secret models don’t even have those bodies in real life!)
I also started counseling, which has done incredible things for me. I learned how to identify some thought processes that were particularly damaging and how to correct my way of thinking. I didn’t realize it, but I was my own worst enemy. I brought myself down more than anyone else ever could.
Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle. There are times I miss workouts. Sometimes I cave in and order pizza. And dessert. The difference now is that I refuse to give up.
I hope this helps someone out there. Self love is so powerful.
Until next time….Cheers 😉