As time passes and I continue to work on losing weight, sometimes I forget how far I've come. Sometimes I get used to my body and forget how big I used to be.
While out hiking with the family, I was carrying Bubba on my back. I was calculating how much the carrier weighed, how much he weighed. Then I realized that if I carried him, the carrier, AND my 5 year old daughter I would weight just about what I was at my highest (230+ pounds!)
I even walked down the path for a bit carrying them both just to really feel what it was like.
It was heavy.
And honestly, I can't believe I was carrying around that amount of weight on a daily basis.
So while my journey may be slower than I hoped for, I can sit here and realize that I have made significant progress. I have worked hard to shed the weight of 2 children (and a carrier). I have worked hard to become healthier, and I haven't stopped.
Sure, there have been times I've been sidetracked. There have even been times that I gained some of it back, only to have to lose it again. But I think if we are all being honest, that is the typical path of life. Losing weight is not a destination. There is no finish line for this accomplishment.
Instead, it will be a life long change of lifestyle habits. It will be a life long focus on continuing to stay healthy.
I get asked a lot, "how did you do it?"
THERE IS NO MAGIC RED BUTTON TO PUSH! I did it by walking. A LOT! And eating foods that are good for my body. And walking a lot more. And now I've added in running. The big secret is the one we all already know.....healthy eating; eating fewer calories than you burn.
So while sometimes I might get discouraged at what I don't yet look like.........today I was amazed at just how far I've come!