Hi I’m Amanda, and in case you forgot, here’s my story. When I began my weight loss journey at the end of last summer I had big goals. I had just graduated from college and knew I needed to make a change. I was uncomfortable, and very unhappy. I had left my comfort zone and was very afraid of change. (Still am, but getting better!)
I had always been overweight but I never was able to fully step out of my comfort zone and make the changes I needed to to do so. Yes,I tried every diet imaginable. Yes, I went to GNC and tried every weight loss pill. I would go to the gym and stand on the treadmill for an hour. I would count calories. But I never fully commuted. It was always just a diet…something to get through until I eventually gave up and would binge. I would be doing so “good” i thought until I hopped on the scale at the end of the week and I wasn’t at my goal weight.
When I joined Crossfit last summer, for the first time in trying to lose weight I did not just diet, but I made it a lifestyle change. I finally found an exercise I enjoyed doing and stuck with it. I never imagined I would look forward to going to the gym, (let alone at 6 am in the freezing cold). In fact, I would have laughed at you if you told me I’d be doing this consistently for over a year now. I was eating Paleo, and thinking of food as fuel. My goal was to loose 100 pounds. The number was daunting, but I wanted it. The weight finally started to fall off and I felt good. I was happier, , healthier, stronger, and much more confident. I was able to lose 40 pounds in just about 4 months.
Then I lost my way and let things get in the way of my goals. I continued to exercise but I got careless with my eating and started eating emotionally again. I put on some weight and was feeling back to my unhappy self. When the New Year came I finally got motivated to continue my journey. I stepped up my workout game and started keeping track of my calories. And, I started to have short term goals again. Like the dietbet, Biggest Loser, and upcoming races. (see my previous post!)
Well I’m happy to report I’m down the weight I re-gained, plus an additional 10 pounds! So in total I’m 50 pounds lighter which means I am at the halfway point of my goal! 100 pounds sounded like an impossible number, but I was able to lose 50. So another 50 does seem daunting as well, but not as impossible because I’ve already proven to myself that I can do it. Time to get my butt back on track and reach my goal. It’s a long way to go, but it’s all downhill from here.