I came across this very inspiring video of 500 amazing before and after weight loss pictures on YouTube the other day and I thought that I would share it with you. None of the people featured thought that they could lose the weight, but guess what? They did it!
I’m sure for many of them getting started wasn’t easy. Going for that first deliberate walk, putting on an exercise video, joining a sports team or stepping into a gym was probably very very intimidating. I can relate.
As many of you know, I started back running this past January. Amber, my third daughter was only 2 mos old and I wanted to lose a little bit of weight and to improve my posture:
I wanted to lose all the extra weight that I had been carrying around since my first daughter, Sierra was born 5.5 years prior. That very first jog was awful. Everything hurt and sucking wind after only jogging to the end of my driveway was demoralizing. But two times a week I motivated myself to do the Nike Training Club iPhone app in the comfort and safety of my living room. Four times a week I motivated myself to keep jogging, going further and further each and every run. Yeah – even though I *used to be* a runner, it was tough. In some ways it was tougher because 10 yrs prior I was able to run 20 miles on a Sunday morning without even thinking about it. It hurt to see how unfit I had become. There were many days when I had to motivate myself. No one else would do it for me. On those days I said to myself, “Janice, you can have fitness, or excuses, which do you choose today?”. By May I was able to push myself to run a half marathon:
By October I ran the second fastest half marathon of my life:
I now weigh 25lbs LESS than I did BEFORE I got pregnant with Amber. I’ve lost 35lbs this year:
I want you all to know that every weight loss success story doesn’t start easily. No matter where you start it’s hard. Sweating, sucking wind, and aching… It’s not fun. But determination and will power does pay off. I know, because I did it, and you can too!