Healthier lifestyle 2yr anniversary!!!

Today I am celebrating something very important in my life. 2yrs ago I started a new life. I knew it was going to be different this time. It wasn’t something I was just going to do for a couple of days, weeks or months. This is my life now. It seems like so long ago. I don’t even recognize the girl in the pictures and I can’t believe how my life used to be. I’m not going to say that I was completely unhappy. I’ve always had great friends and a wonderful family. That’s not what I was not satisfied with. I was not happy with myself. I remember I would just stay in bed and watch t.v. all day on my days off. I was too lazy to change what I was unhappy about. I thought it was too hard..something that I wasn’t able to do. I remember going shopping with my sisters and always crying in the dressing room because nothing fit the way I wanted it to. One of the worst feelings in the world. I was always the chubbier one of the sisters…the one with a cute face. I had tried so many times to change. I tried different diet pills and even tried “starving” myself…..thinking that was what I needed to do to lose weight. Well now I know that you just have to eat better. Easier said then done…right?! Well after awhile it’s just something you do without thinking. Yes there are some days when you want the “bad” food but that’s okay too. I don’t think anything is forbidden…..it’s just portion control. Everyone is different and we all know what we want and don’t want to eat. My family sometimes thinks that i’m depriving myself from eating the “good” food but they don’t understand that to me….my food IS good.

Also I have to workout. That’s just how it is. My goal when I first started out was to go to my apartment gym for 21 days straight. I had read somewhere that if you do something for 21 days it becomes a habit. So that’s what I did. After that there was no way I was giving up, especially when I was seeing results. I had short term goals that I knew were possible. After 5 months I had lost 38 pounds. I’m not saying that i’m perfect everyday. We all have those days when we don’t want to workout and we just want to relax. We deserve them….I deserve them. I’m not going to feel guilty for taking a day or two off during the week because I know that those other 5 days…I’M GOING TO BE WORKING MY BUTT OFF. Man does it feel good when you finish working out. Since my new life I have more energy than i’ve ever had. I’ve done things that I never imagined doing…..running a half marathon and hiking to name a few. I also don’t mind going shopping anymore. LOL. I guess I can go on forever on the perks of a better life but I won’t. I just wanted to share a little bit of my story. My journey isn’t over yet…..I have a long way to go. Everyday I learn something new and if you have any healthy tips please share. =)

Here are some before and after pictures.

Before pictures:

07/16/2006Aug. 2006- Camping trip

03/12/2007-Las Vegas

After pictures:

Hiking Summit Trail

Hiking Camelback Mountain-05/2009

Las Vegas-05/2009

Have a great and healthy day! =)

Betty
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