Happy #transformationtuesday! 7.5 years and 50 pounds separate these two pictures, but the real difference is the mindset. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again… to make a lasting change, there has to be a lifestyle change. See the food that sits in front of me in the recent picture? It’s eggplant. The food in the other picture? It’s something fried.
Don’t think that I have it all figured out because I don’t. I still have my days (and weeks) where I struggle. I, in fact, have recently reached out to Christa of Sweating Awesome to be my accountability partner. She has lost over 100 pounds and is now running 5ks! She inspires me to move more and to make better food choices.
I will always have to carefully choose the foods I eat and as much as that sometimes really stinks, it’s okay. I refuse to diet. To me, the word “diet” is a four letter swear word. When one of my students brings me a maple bar, I will allow myself to enjoy it. When my pants start to fit a little snug, I will exercise more. Life is about balance and living it to the fullest!
To read more about my lifelong struggle with food and how I changed my lifestyle, check out My Weight Loss Journey. To read about how I went from a couch potato to a vegetarian marathoner, check out The Journey to Becoming a No-Meat Athlete.
Until next time,
These pics are 10 years and about 40 pounds apart.
Does a journey always travel in one direction? The answer is no. Therefore, our own health journey does not travel in one direction either. There will be days where we are doing really well; exercising the right amount, eating the right food, having a really great balance in our lives. But then, there will be days where we fall off the wagon; eating foods we know we shouldn’t be eating, not doing the exercises that we should be doing, and feeling a lack of balance in our crazy lives. Continue reading
It’s time for a Transformation Tuesday post (my last one was over a month ago). As stated before, these side by sides help remind me where I’ve come from and where I’m going. The journey of health is just that, a journey. There’s no end game. Instead it’s one day at a time, one decision at a time.
Can you believe I am celebrating my 5 year anniversary as a No Meat Athlete?! Yes, 5 years of rethinking meal options. 5 years of trying to eat more plant-based foods. I’ve thought about reincorporating meat back in my diet, but for now I am happy continuing on the journey of meatless eating. (For more about my journey becoming a No Meat Athlete, read THIS post.) Trust me when I say I still struggle with food. I have a monstrous sweet tooth as well as a big problem with overeating. But again, I am on a journey. I have to remind myself it is not perfection I seek, but progress. One day at a time, one choice at a time and all by His strength.
I’ve been maintaining my weight loss now for 5 years. My journey began, however, 7 years ago. These pictures, therefore, help remind me of how far I’ve come. Can you believe that sometimes I forget how big I once was? I was over 200 pounds, a junk food junkie, and my favorite phrase was, “This body doesn’t run.” Fast forward to today… I’ve maintained a 60 pound weight loss, I’m a vegetarian, and in 12 days I’m running my 12th full marathon. All by His strength!