Friday, January 18, 2013

That was then...

On February 1st of last year I post this picture of myself:


Was that really only a year ago?  It feels like a lifetime ago.  It WAS a lifetime ago.  

After this picture was taken I lost 5 more pounds.  Five more!  That put me solidly at a 55 pound loss.  SO hard to believe!  I was ecstatic!  Overjoyed!  Determined to never EVER gain even an OUNCE of that weight back.

A lot's happened in a year.

I am a full-time working mom now.  I'm an English teacher and I love it.  But.

A year ago I was going to Zumba 3x/week.  I was riding my exercise bike at home.  I was riding bikes with the kids.  I was taking long walks with a kid on my back and one in the stroller...or one on my back and one holding my hand...or...  I was eating great.  I was!

I got busy, friends.  I got tired.  I got overwhelmed.

Dare I say I got lazy??

Um, yeah...that one's a little painful to admit.

My medication causes weight gain.  Ice cream causes weight gain.  Lack of exercise causes weight gain.  Lack of motivation?  Weight gain.

I am frustrated with me.  I am tired of feeling the lousy way I feel every day.  I am tired of being tired.  I am tired of the yuck.

Today I have decided that I am ready to put myself back in front.  Today I have decided that I am ready to, once again, fight for me.  Today I am taking myself over.

I need your help, friends!  I need your help.

Please offer your support.

Please offer your patience.

Please offer your criticism.

Please send me your ideas for how to be a healthy me!

I'm ready.  I'm in.  It's ME time!


Rachel Pehl said...

Have you heard of They are the organization that came up with p90x. They have a workout called chaleen extreme. It is really geared towards women's bodies and the workouts are 30-45 mins a day. You can do it right in your house and its awesome!

Elizabeth said...

It sounds awesome...but is it expensive?

Eliza Rae said...

You can do it without any supplements or plans. Just watch what you eat. I know! Easier said than done! I used and tracked my calories. It helped. ALOT.
For exercising it's hard just for a SAHM. I can't imagine with you going to work. You just gotta decide that you ARE going to do it. Maybe make a rule for yourself. No facebook/blogging/internet time until you've exercised for at least 20 minutes. I used the 30 day shred by Jillian Michaels. It's a 20 minute work out with a 5 minute cool down. It's short but really gets you movin.
A lady I have found very inspirational is
I love her facebook page and her blog. It's really a life change. Not a diet.
Good luck! I hope you do well. A few months after I have this baby in April I'll be on the journey with you!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks! :) For a year I ate almost entirely whole foods vegan...very low starch, virtually no meat or felt great. I felt great. We got bored with the "menu," though...and sort of fell off the wagon. :/

It WAS hard as a's SUPER hard as a working mom. Ugh! I am determined.

Jen Crum said...

You can do it - if you don't I might punch you!
Does that help?

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