Yesterday was my one year anniversary logging on MFP so I thought I would look back and see how far I have come in these last 365 days. When I started on January 3rd I had already lost 15 pounds of my baby weight but was stuck at 180lb, which is a number I had never seen on the scale before (and not in a good way). I set my goal at 145lb and started plugging away. I remember being so discouraged at times. Even though I was losing weight it just wasn’t fast enough. I often felt like it was going to take me forever to lose this weight. The only thing that kept me focused was the thought that time was going to pass whether I lost the weight or not. In 6 months, would I rather be the same weight (possibly higher) or would I like to have hit my goal? That concept kept me on track. It is going to take time but time is going to pass anyways.
Not only did time seem to pass slowly, the amount I had to lose was also daunting to me. I distinctly remember sitting on my couch staring at my ticker and seeing only 8 pounds lost. It was about a month and a half after I started on MFP and I thought “geez, it took so much work to lose these 8 pounds how the hell am I going to lose 27lb more?” The only alternative was to stay this size (or possibly bigger) and for me that was not an option. So I set a goal of losing 5 pounds every month. It was hard for me to see that it was going to be almost 6 more months before I hit 145lbs, but I just had to keep reminding myself that 6 months was going to pass no matter what I did so I may as well make the best of it.
These monthly goals really helped put everything in prospective. Every month, I either hit or exceeded them and that really showed me the progress I was making, instead of being discouraged on a large looming number. On July 1st I hit 145lb (much earlier than expected) and realized I needed to adjust my goals but wasn’t going to worry about the time frame. I lost an additional 15lbs from July to December which puts me at a 50lb loss in one year. I went from a size 14 to a size 4-6 in that time (bought my first pair of size 4 pants on Monday, yea!).
I am still trying to lower my body fat % so I expect to lose a few more pounds in the process but since I am almost at my final goal the progress is getting harder to see. Every time I get discouraged though I look back at the pictures below and think of how far I have come in just a year and it helps motivate me to stick it out. People ask me all the time how I lost the weight (diet and exercise) but its not so much what I did to lose the weight, as it is how long I did it. Consistency and perseverance is key. Sure there are times I wanted to quit and there were a few meltdowns along the way (ok more than a few haha) but I stuck with it and that is what I credit my success to.
I have posted these pictures once before but I wanted to repost for anyone who is looking for motivation or feeling discouraged. Sadly these pictures are not real before and after since I had already lost over 10 pounds when the before was taken (I am 169lbs in the “before” shot) and I have lost 7 more pounds since the “after” shot (I was 137lb in the pic). I really wish I had taken before pictures the minute I started and that is also a huge piece of advice to anyone starting out. I will be taking more after pictures at the end of this month when I complete my current workout program. Regardless, I think a picture is worth a thousand words. Just don't give up, its worth the struggle :)