I remember the day I posted this picture on Facebook in 2011...I had just finished doing a Vision Board workshop. I contemplated posting it because I didn't like the way I looked, but I had no intention on releasing any of the weight on my body that I wasn't pleased with so I posted it anyway. I always knew that with age, came weight. Instead of planning my journey to get back in shape, I started planning my journey to continue to get fat.
So, I went shopping to buy a ton of long maxi dresses to "hide" the fat. Here is just one of the many long maxi dresses I bought. I had them in every single color! (Sorry you have to witness me picking a wedgie, hehe, but my daughter snapped this photo) It never crossed my mind to actually do anything about my body other than cover it up with extra long dresses until one day my dear friend said to me, "Angel, you have really pretty legs. You know...it's easier to keep what you have than to try and get it back." When she said that a light bulb went off in my head like, "Wow, I never thought about it like that!"
After a visit to my doctor and he suggested that I get a least 10lbs off, I went to work! I took this challenge on like I have done any other challenge in my life and that is to, see myself where I want to be and then make a plan to get there!
In this photo I was in a size 13. I went to the mall and went shopping for a whole new wardrobe that was a size 10! I was determined to look and feel good as I was getting older instead and planning on getting and staying fat! Who does that?! It took me just about a year to release 30lbs off of my body. Now, I know people can lose 30lbs in 30 days but that was not the approach I wanted to take. I made up in my mind that this was going to be a new lifestyle for me and not just a "weight loss plan"
In June of this year, 2013, I was diagnosed with vertigo. Vertigo is a condition that makes you feel like you are constantly spinning and turning. It made me feel really sick. Sometimes I didn't even want to get out of bed. As you can imagine it made my workouts very difficult, so I stopped. But--because I had made up in my mind two years ago that this was going to be a new lifestyle for me, my eating never changed because eating healthier became a habit. My vertigo has not fully gone away but it's way more manageable than it was, and I'm back in action!
I took this photo yesterday and I was amazed at how much my mind, body and soul has change. I never really notice the transformation until I put an old picture next to a current one, and it just reminds me that anything, and I mean anything is possible when you have the right mindset! Change your mind and you'll change your life!
I blogged about how I released the weight earlier this year. You can check out that blog by clicking HERE.