Determined, that is going to be my word for 2015. Determined to be a FINISHER and see the huge goals I have set myself this year through to the end. As I sit back and reflect on 2014, I can’t help but have tears in my eyes at the HUGE transformation that has happened in my life this year. But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let me tell you my story.
I’ve always been an active person, loved playing sports & just constantly being on the go. But as the years passed, I got lazy and loved food way to much. My life consisted of work, church and sitting in front of a tv watching movies & playing video games. I was a couch potato, or as my dad said I was a bed potato. On the outside I was the happy, go-lucky girl who loved being with people, but on the inside, I hated myself and was miserable. I became an emotional eater and saw the weight climbing and it depressed me.
But then January of 2012 I received a phone call that changed my life. It was from a local gym, saying that a friend had given them my name and wanted to see if I was interested in a membership. Before I went up there I told a friend where I was going and she told me “Angie don’t even bother signing up, you know you’ll never go, don’t waste your money”. I thought, you know what I’m going to prove you wrong. But I also knew she was right, I had joined the same gym many years ago and never went. I went joined the gym and got a personal trainer, to help keep me accountable. So for 2 years I worked out and was getting healthy, but still wasn’t consistent with it. My trainer and gym friends always were getting on to me about the food that I ate. I figured, I’m working out so I can eat whatever I want.
So going into 2014, I knew I needed a change but didn’t know how. And then a friend I noticed a friend and her weight loss and asked her what she had done. She told me about this Biggest Loser group she had joined and gave me the information to join. Joining was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was a 8 week competition and the winner won $500, nice incentive right?! But I realized quickly, that this group was way more than just a weight loss group. I had walked into a family of woman, who were all on the same journey as me. I had to be accountable for what I was eating and the workouts I was doing. I finally got what my trainer had been telling me all along, it is all about the food you eat. I’ve completely changed my eating habits and have seen some amazing results.
There is one thing I’ve learned on this journey and that is you can’t do it alone. You need to find people to hold you accountable, inspire you to be better, and motivate you to try new things.
So far I have lost 40lbs and have gone from a size 16 to a size 6. Most of which has happened in the last 7 months. I have more energy and way more self-confidence. For the first time in my life, I can truly say I love myself.
Always, Angie B
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