After YEARS of battling with my weight, and admittedly not trying very hard, this year I have FINALLY conquered!! I am all for being happy with yourself, and not focusing only on the physical, but I had reached the point where I felt miserable in my own skin, and overall I just didn't feel like myself anymore.
I'm not all the way there yet, but as of today, I have lost a total of 32 pounds since Christmas! I won't sugar-coat it at ALL - it's been a very tough road, just about every single day of this has SUCKED, and the battle has been as much mental as it has been physical. Some days I have to actually have an argument with myself, to talk myself out of eating something I shouldn't. BUT - the reward has been my weigh-ins every Saturday at 3pm. The first week or two of this process was truly awful, and I thought I was going to die from starvation. But after I got over that first hurdle, and getting my stomach to adjust, the rest has been slightly easier.
As much as I hate to admit it, the secret actually lies in both eating less, AND at least some regular exercise. Just dieting alone does NOT work, and after a few weeks of severly restricting your calories, your metabolism will slow WAYYYYY down, and the only way to keep it going is to ramp up the exercise. I will be SO glad when I get to my target weight, because I am so sick of dieting. I don't totally deprive myself - every Saturday after I weigh myself, I get a small cheeseburger and small fries as my "treat". That way I am not driving myself completely insane - only about 99% insane.
My main message is this - If I can do this, ANYONE can!!!
"Pink is my signature color." - Steel Magnolias