Staring at myself in the mirror of a TJ Maxx fitting room after I tried on all the size twelve dresses and not one of them fit right, I knew that was it. I hated myself, my body and the way that I looked. I stood there gazing at myself for what felt like forever, berating myself with thoughts of self doubt and low self-esteem. It was time for a change. At this time my husband was away on deployment and I took the time away from him to set the goals I wanted to achieve.
A food scale, new workout clothes and some meal prep containers is where it all started. I decided that I was going to go low-carb and chase the fat away with cardio workouts. But what I didn’t know is that I was going to run into so much more.
I discovered self respect and self love. Self love being an incredible thing. I knew that I was overweight and struggling. But I learned to get up in the morning and look in the mirror and say – today I am beautiful as I praised myself for the progress I was making. Remember, slow progress is better than no progress. I started my journey in December, my husband had just deployed and it was rough. I knew that this was the perfect time to focus on myself and really dig deep to reaching my goals. I continued to work hard and lost 25 pounds by the time my husband came home. I felt so much happier and enjoyed life.
If I could say one thing to anyone on their weight loss journey:
Believe in yourself. You are all that matters and this is your journey. Do not compare your beginning to someone else’s middle or end. Focus on your goals and work to achieve them. Some days, you may slip up and deviate from your plan, but it’s okay. Just make sure to correct yourself and really focus. I admit, I had a few days where I needed an extra slice of pizza or three. It’s okay, as long as you remember your goals and remember where you started. Don’t be afraid to praise yourself for the progress you are making. Good luck and I hope that you get everything you want. It takes hard work and dedication, but it’s SO worth it.