It starts with taking the first step: 112 lbs down – Incredible weight loss story

…found this very inspiring story we can all relate to. Here is part of this wonderful lady’s I-story in finding her true self and controlling her weight

“A wise woman once said, you’ve only got one body, …..”

A face book posting triggered off a decision to loss weight by Sarah Reynolds

Hey Mama, (yeah, you)
I know you’re tired. I know you’ve cooked and cleaned and had high pitched voices in your ears all day. I know you just want to sit down and relax. I know it. I feel it. I’m with you. But – before you do… Take a moment and pull from the strength you have within you – the one that grew life, and brought that life into the world. Remember how impossible that felt? Yet, YOU have an unimaginable power. Don’t stop yourself from achieving the things you hope and dream for, in the name of doubt. Fight for it. For you. It may seem like “you” is far gone and motherhood has taken over. Your body and soul divided into the lives and hearts of your children. But there’s still you. Do you feel that? You’re still there. Love yourself, like you love them. Get after your goals. Get after your life. Get after your dreams. Always remember that comparison is the thief of joy and that you are your only competition. So before you relax tonite and unwind, wanna workout? No? Me either. Gonna do it anyways? Heck yes we are.#saygetsfit #momof3 #fitmom@fitspirationcouture

……excerpt from bellabeat.com and her Instagram page. Go to her page (thesayblog.com) for the full story

I had had enough.

 

I didn’t want to run into friends, I was missing out on my kids childhood, and now I couldn’t even handle the reality of my own image.

Now, before we go any further. I realize that there’s an underlying message about self love here. One that could be told about loving your body and your shapes and curves. A message I am all about. But the deeper issue here was an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise that was crushing my spirit and causing me to disengage from LIFE.

I was tired. I was worn down. I was ashamed. I was not nourishing the one body I had to live in, for ALL OF TIME.

So what happened next? I just started. Actually, that simply.

I just started

I started living a healthier lifestyle. I slowly began educating myself on nutrition and clean eating. I began to run. I decided that 5 nights a week I would run for 1 mile. That first mile near killed me. It took me about 20 mins and I was sweating from head to toe. I thought I might puke.

“WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?”, was basically my thought. BUT, it felt…good? I no longer could be upset and angry with my body as it was, because I was actively doing something to change it. I kept going, I kept educating myself. Long behold, the weight started coming off. Rather rapidly, but at a steady pace of 1-3lbs a week. Not only that, but my run time was increasing incredibly. By the end of the second week, I was down to 12 mins for a mile. To be honest, this was truly the first time I had combined diet AND exercise as a means to lose weight. It’s like my entire life I had been hoping to cheat the system and just do one or the other. Exercise and eat whatever I want, or not be active at all and starve myself of calories.

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Before and after

Balance

This brought me balance. Diet AND exercise. WHO KNEW, RIGHT? The exercise portion (although extremely uneducated in it) seemed straightforward enough by simply running 5x a week. I really didn’t even own workout clothes and often ran in leggings and a regular bra and t-shirt.

The food side of things was difficult. I kept overeating and then being left hungry at the end of the day. I started having to struggle through hunger pangs, and eating pickles to fill me. This wasn’t starvation, this was learning a lesson in proper intake.  It wasn’t until I stopped trying to fit my old diet into my new portions that I saw this turn around.

It was daunting at first, but truly got exciting to learn about foods and proteins and see how food could be in good relationship with my body and FUEL it as opposed to just fill it.

Where I am today

 

Today, 3 or so years later, I can say that I live a healthy and happy life. I take care of myself and I want to pass this onto my children as well. My exercise routine today consists of at-home strength exercises 3-4x a week for half a hour, and 3-4x a week of cardio. I track my progress in the LEAF which is helping me see my progress day by day and that’s what keeps me going. I love the LEAF’s ability to track my sleep cycles too. It’s so interesting and eye opening to see how you are sleeping. It’s my favorite thing to do when I wake up, to check my app and see how my last nights rest was.

 

I found my body. The one I was meant to have. The one I now cherish. The one I now fuel, maintain and love.

This isn’t a story of just weight loss.

This is a story of transformation of the mind, body and soul.

One cannot be without the other.

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