My Weight Loss

(7-30-13)

Losing weight definitely has its advantages. For me there are many. Not only do I feel great and I look great, others noticing my weight loss just puts the icing on the cake so to speak… I frequently shop in Wal-Mart and I guess even when you don’t notice others, they notice you. On two separate trips, in the check out line two separate cashiers asked me if I had lost weight. One girl asked me had I been working out. I wasn’t in my YMCA get-up of tights, a headband and my sneakers, so it wouldn’t have been obvious… So I told her yeah and she followed up with stating that she could tell I had lost weight. I told her thanks and of course, it made me feel good, but I kept it moving. On another trip, just within the last couple of days, a different cashier asked me, “You’ve lost weight, haven’t you?” I was caught off guard, but I was like, yeah, I have… She said she could tell because she remembers seeing me coming in before I lost weight. Now it took me a whole year to lose 50 pounds, and I honestly do not recall ever going through this girl’s line, or even seeing her working in Wal-Mart. But I guess that’s what happens when you work a certain place, you see people so often, they may not notice you, but you certainly notice them.

On a more recent occasion, just this morning I had the same encounter with someone telling me they noticed I’ve lost weight. At my job we took department photos as individuals a few years ago. I think it was back in 2008 or 2009, but I’m really inclined to believe it was 2008. So that was five years ago… The photographer who took our photos asked to come back and take photos again of our officers and staff. Well, when I pulled up at work, he met me at my vehicle with a smile and asked (to reassure himself), “Josie?” I acknowledged with a yes and he said he almost didn’t recognize me since I was “thinner”. I smiled and told him thanks for noticing. Yeah, so others noticing my transformation, if you will, does a lot for my ego. I have great self-esteem already, but for others to notice and make me aware that they’ve notice, gives me a really great feeling inside!

I will say that I have gained about five pounds since my year-mark loss of 50.2 back on June 28th. But I’m working on getting back to where I was and I know I have to work a lot harder than I have been to get to 165. It’s an arduous journey and I have fallen short because of it, and even though I’m not where I want to be just yet, I’m a long way from where I once was. I take a lot of pride in being able to say that!

 

(7-19-13)

For the last three years or so I’ve been in a love-hate relationship with both food and my weight. I love food and I love to eat, but I hated my weight and hated to exercise. Last year around the end of June I decided to go for it! As many times as I have started and stopped and stopped and started the arduous journey of trying to lose weight and eat better, I decided I needed to give it a full effort if I really wanted to drop the excess weight. I started at 237.8 pounds as of June 29, 2012. My measurements were: bust, 44.5″, waist – 44″, and hips – 52″. I was wearing an 18W in most pants/shorts/skirts and extra large shirts. I always took pictures of myself so looking back now I can definitely see the changes that I have made. As of June 28, 2013, I had lost a total of 50.2 pounds in a year’s time. That put my weight at 187.6. I don’t even remember the last time I was this size. I know it has not been in the last 10 years. But I’m constantly working towards reaching my goal of 165 pounds and I hope I can reach it soon! 🙂

This is me on my birthday last year in April. I was probably right around the 235# mark.

This is me on my birthday last year in April. I was probably right around the 235# mark.

This is me on my birthday this year in April (after cutting my hair and going natural in addition to losing weight). Here I was approximately 193#. That's a difference of 42 pounds in a year's time! :-D

This is me on my birthday this year in April (after cutting my hair and going natural in addition to losing weight). Here I was approximately 193#. That’s a difference of 42 pounds in a year’s time! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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