Friday, June 20, 2014

The last 25

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Wow. I'm getting so close. SO SO SO close. I've hit the point in my weight loss where I am starting to look a lot different. Sometimes I look in the mirror and do a double take because I just don't see who I normally expect to look back at me. It's wild. Every day, I feel like I'm reintroducing myself to myself. My name is Brittany and I've lost 55lbs over the last 2 years. I'm ecstatic. 
7/12-6/14 It has been a journey. I didn't really start making an effort until 9/12, but I'm so glad I did it. 
I think it is also helpful to see how real clothes evolve as well. So much fun. (3/13-6/14)
So where am I going from here? I've got 25lbs  to lose and then we will see what I decide to do next. Those 25 will put me in a healthy weight range (hooray!). I've got an exciting physical challenge coming up (150 mile bike ride FTW!) and I'm also planning on running a half marathon. The possibilities are endless, but those are the two things I've put on the top of my list. 

I'm so glad I decided to begin this journey. The last 20lbs have been really hard and I was definitely stuck on a plateau. I was starting to feel like I might never hit my goal. I had been eating paleo for about a year and a half, exercising 5-6 days a week for 6 months, but I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere.  In an effort to change up my diet, I started adding in juicing and protein shakes, but was still having a lot of trouble with hunger and eating well. I was working out too much and just feeling bummed. In April, I made a choice to push forward. 

I decided to do something I did not want to and was frankly bummed about, but I was committed to my journey and myself. At the end of the day, I decided that my goals were more important than me trying to fit my weight loss into a single way. I love paleo and I love eating clean, but I wasn't getting the results I wanted because I was having a hard time sticking to it. Snacks and sweets infiltrated my diet and I was nearing hopelessness. So in April, I started to do a programmed meal diet with Take Shape for Life. Believe me, I was freaked out, but I worked with a TSFL coach and she helped me through some of my hesitations. She has been great. I decided to try it out for 2 months. It worked. It helped me really restrict calories in an effective manner and helped me get where I wanted to be. While I won't do TSFL longterm, I want to have it get me to my milestone so that I can confidently go back to clean eating. It is the way that I am happiest, and I know that. I have a much clearer view on places where I get into trouble and TSFL has helped me see that. 

Over the past year, I've learned to eat a lot better, to workout with enthusiasm and to have confidence in myself. The only regret I have is that I didn't start sooner and that I didn't adjust as quickly as I probably should have. I can live with that and I am so happy I've evolved to have that perspective. It is everything. Stay tuned, I'm not finished yet. ;) 

I'm riding in the Waves to Wine MS bike ride in September. If you want to support me on my ride and help out an awesome organization, you can donate here

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