In December 2012, a fellow vendor at a craft show posted a photo of me on Facebook without my consent. It became the catalyst for me to start paying attention to my health and well-being. Yep, I was tagged in a horrible photo of myself. I immediately “removed the tag” and downloaded a copy for myself to use as motivation to be better.
I waited until December 26th to actually step on the scale for my “starting weight”. I was 202.2 pounds – my heaviest, heavier than the day before I delivered my full-term daughter by nearly 40 pounds. I was mortified. I didn’t take a photo of the scale that day. My first photo of my feet on the scale was taken nine days later, after starting the Atkins Diet.
My iPhone lock screen and background in the early days was the image below that I found on Pinterest. Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm.
I even created a blog button to make finding all of my posts easier to find.
Another Pinterest find…
I have found that for me stepping on the scale every morning helps to keep my weight in check. This simple action makes me remember that I need to pay attention to my food intake (eating enough without over-indulging) and get moving (exercise does the body good). I try to not let the number itself get me down. I’m 41. I will never be the teeny tiny 125 pound, perfect size 4 again. I understand that and I’m ok with this fact but I know that I need to lose weight and tone my muscles. I need to make the most of this body while I still can. I want to be the grandmother that crawls on the floor playing hide and seek with her grandchildren and not the one who can’t bend over or pick up a squirming toddler. Plus my husband deserves a wife who isn’t too shy to wear shorts in the 100*F+ heat of Texas summers or a bikini even in the privacy of our own backyard.
Are you on this journey too?
What was your catalyst?
40-something mama, wife, blogger – who shares her crafty and ordinary life with her family, their three tiny dogs, a fat tortoiseshell cat, – and sewing room that is in a perennial work in progress.
A native Texan, who spent one year in Georgia and over a decade as a single mom, is now happily married and sharing her opinions on products and life in photos and words strung together.