|Left: My Starting Weight. Center: 45 lbs. lighter. Right: Taken today, 60 lbs. down!!|
The scales at home are showing a new, smaller number today, so I am officially celebrating reaching the 60 lb. mark! I told myself when I reached the big 6-0, I'd do another photo update.
Initially, you might not see much difference between the 45 lb. photo and the one I took this morning, until I tell you that the t-shirts I am wearing are the exact same style, brand and size. I bought them on the same day. The only difference between the two shirts is the color. Look how snug the shirt was in the middle photo and check out the fit in today's photo!
There was a reception at work last weekend and people were finally commenting on my new shape. Instead of perceiving a change and thinking it was a flattering outfit or my makeup, people are finally seeing the actual change. I had to drop close to 60 lbs. for anyone to really notice - which is a testament to how huge I really was.
Yesterday as I was walking across the galleries, one of the center's volunteers asked me about my knees. She noticed I wasn't limping anymore and that I was walking without any trouble. As a matter of fact, I was practically sprinting across the building to deliver a message. She asked me what I did to cure my knees and I told her I took 60 lbs. worth of stress off them. Her eyebrows shot up in amazement. I think she expected me to tell her about a knee surgery or pain pill I was taking.
I just can't get over how much my life has changed in the past 14 weeks. I've gone from sedentary to active, from depressed to happy, from crippled to dancing, from just getting through the day to greeting each day with enthusiasm .... I am a calorie burning machine!!
I still have a long way to go and several layers of fat to shed but I'm up and ready for the challenge! I haven't felt this good since I was 19!
If you are reading this and thinking to yourself that there's something special or unusual about me or that you could never do what I am doing, think again. Anyone - ANYONE - can claim a healthier lifestyle or change their life for the better. As I've said before the difference between success and stagnation is mindset. To change your life, all you have to do is change the way you think. The rest just falls into place.