Progress!

Before/after. Well last one is during. I’m not done yet!!

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Fitness, progress and changes

Well hello there again — two posts in one week — it’s a record! At least as far as my writing has been lately here.

I’m seven months and one week into my fitness journey. 63 pounds lost and counting. Six dress sizes down — from a size 22 to 14. I have about 41 pounds to go.

Let me break this down a bit (and mainly just for my own reminder how far I’ve come):

* Seven months ago I couldn’t walk three blocks without getting winded. Now I can walk three miles and not break a sweat on a average temperature day.

* Seven months ago just the task of walking, much less doing anything more than that hurt my legs…see above.

* Seven months ago I HATED my body. Today I walk down the hall in an outfit that actually fits and I still can’t believe that “nearly average” weight person is me! I seriously still have to look twice. It’s such an amazing, rewarding feeling.

* Seven months ago fast food was a staple in my diet. Today…fast food, what’s that? Gross. Now, that’s NOT to say my eating habits are perfect — because they are not. And since I’m not perfect, my eating habits won’t likely ever be either. I do NOT forbid any food. That will set me up for failure…and failure is NOT in my vocabulary. 

* Seven months ago, squats were out of the question. Even the kind where I had to squat down to just get something out of the filing cabinet. Today, I use squats as exercise and my filing cabinet — hey…no match for me!

I’m sure there is much much more that I’m leaving out…my entire life as far as my health is concerned has changed in the past seven months. My outlook too. I’m more positive. Anxiety is WAY down due to exercise and better eating habits and I’m just in general more happy.

Here’s to the next seven months and beyond!

B.

Random acts of kindness

Well hey there…been a while on this little blog of mine…

Today prompted me to post for the first time in forever…don’t know if anybody looks at this anymore…and it’s ok either way.

What is really on my heart today is random acts of kindness and the ripple affect they have on others….most of the time we don’t know that effect it has — but today I was given the gift of knowing…

Before I go into my story, I’ll need to give some background. Several months ago I finally started a lasting healthy journey — October 15 to be exact. I was right at 250 pounds and I decided enough was enough. I’m down 63 pounds now — but I’ve gained more in my life in general than just shedding some weight. I’ve gained self confidence and a new appreciation for myself. So, I’ve stopped dyeing my hair and I’ve removed my acrylic nails — after all, there is nothing wrong with my “natural” self.

I’ve had this bottle of hair dye in my bathroom cabinet for a  few months now…and I finally decided to give it away. I took it to work and attached a note that said “new and unopened, please take if needed.” I didn’t sign my name, I just place it on the breakroom table and honestly forgot about it.

Until today.

A co-worker came to me asking if I knew who put the hair dye in the breakroom. I mentioned I did. He hugged me and said thank you. He told me how his wife is sick and her hair isn’t the color it used to be. He told me how he took the coloring home to his wife and how it was perfect for her. He told me about a compliment she got from a friend on her hair color and that she looked like herself again. I could hear in his voice and see in his eyes just how much that meant to him…how much love they share…and how much the little things in life are giant things to them…I can see how much that small gift I put on that table meant to them…it’s like throwing a pebble into a body of water…small splash…big ripple effect….

I’m thankful…and blessed..and so happy he was the one who took the hair dye home…

Those random acts of kindness have more of an effect than we can ever imagine at times…

Pass it on.