Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A little weight off my shoulders {and everywhere else}

I started my blog on June 22, 2010 for the purpose of motivating myself to lose weight. My first post had one tiny picture of a goal that I had put out for myself if I lost weight. In the past two years, one of the topics I mentioned a lot was losing weight, posting about pounds, goals for weight loss, etc. I did a lot of different things from Weight Watchers to trying to workout to eating less. Nothing really worked.
On Sunday March 6th, 2011, I started the Couch to 5k program. With that, I also started doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred with some other bloggers that I still keep in touch with today. We motivated each other with tweets and posts about how we were doing. To be honest, the weight at that time never changed much. What did change? My mentality and lifestyle.
On that day when I put one foot in front of the other and stepped out the door on day one of that program, I remembered what it felt like to be active and proud of myself (I swam in high school and played water polo in college...I packed the pounds on late college and after graduating). I ran 6 miles for the first time on May 6th, 2011, and for some insane reason, I signed up for my first half marathon.
After I ran my first race (a 5k in August), I was hooked. I've since run a handful of races and am on my way to running my first marathon in January.
But in the mean time I've lost weight. And I've done it by changing my lifestyle, eating habits, exercise goals, and mentality.
I've stopped focusing on calorie counting and started focusing on eating foods that are filling and nutritious.
I've discovered the Tone It Up plan that teaches you when to eat what.
I've found enjoyment in going to the gym and working out.
I've found a new love for classes that I wouldn't have previously been caught dead in.
I've discovered that if I don't take care of myself, no one else will.
And in it all, I've lost weight and transformed my body and mind.
Sadly, there is no secret. I didn't take a magic pill and drop the pounds. I just changed my lifestyle. I wish I could provide a different reason than the one that I've found works. 

Basically, I stopped filling myself with crap and empty calories, stopped taking in more than I was burning off, and started loving making myself feel good. There aren't still days that I would rather sit on the couch than get up and go, and there aren't days when I don't skip a workout. But in the end, I know the feeling of satisfaction is much more worthwhile than the feeling of regret.

I'm not suggesting that I'm skinny or done with my weight loss journey. I just wanted to share my story because it gives me hope and motivation to keep going. I would still like to lose 10 more pounds (I've lost 20 pounds since this time last year), and I'd love to do it by the marathon in January. But that being said, I feel so much better about myself when I look in the mirror, and I know that I won't revert back to what I was doing before. It's also the reason I'm so much more excited to take outfit pictures and share with you my personal style. I'm more excited about how I look in what I'm wearing.

I hope this doesn't sound like I'm overly prideful. While I am proud of myself, I just feel like those of you who have been with me a long time got so tired of hearing me start again and not succeed at losing 3 pounds that one month or 4 pounds that other one. And I thank you for sticking with me. I'm going to keep going!

In the end, this is what it came/comes down to for me:
What lifestyle changes have you made in the last year? How have they changed you?

38 comments:

Gretchen said...

Great job! That is really something to be proud of. I was just talking to my husband the other day about how much I feel running has changed my life and my outlook :). I feel so much better and more relaxed (most of the time ;). Keep up the good work!

Allison said...

What a great post! You look fabulous and should be proud of yourself! I think the lifestyle change is what is hardest for people. It isn't easy but the results make it worth it! I made a few large lifestyle changes a few years ago and haven't looked back. Eating clean, healthy food makes me feel good and the food tastes so much better! With the training you should see those last few pounds melt off! Keep up the awesome work girl!

Lindsey @ Let the Light Shine said...

You look wonderful! Great job, my friend :)

taylor said...

i give you so much credit for putting yourself out there. thanks for sharing your story and it's been fun watching your journey! you look great and have so much to be proud of :)

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

You look great...and healthy and strong. I've loved following you through your journey. You are an inspiration to me to get up and work our daily. To get stronger and healthier each day.

Cait said...

girl you look amazing! im so happy for you and what an inspiration you are to all of us :) good for you!

KatSnF said...

Nice job sharing your story girl! I always look at my before photos to stay motivated :)

According to Jax said...

You look fantastic!!! And loved this motivational post! so glad you chose to post it! :)

Nikki said...

Wow! You look amazing. I started running last year as well and it has totally made me more motivated to go to the gym and be healthy. Congrats on losing all that weight the healthy way!!!

Lydia - Running Wild(er) said...

Great job - you have every right to be proud of yourself!!! You look amazing and you are healthy and did it the right way!!! Good for you! Can't wait to hear how you enjoy marathon training!

RadiantKristen said...

Congratulations on all that you have accomplished thus far! Weight loss is hard, and you're right... there is no secret, just hard work, and real change in your life. Keep at it, you can do it!

alongobucco said...

You look amazing–so happy for you! Honestly, sometimes the lifestyle change is the biggest pay off of all!

-Alyssa
The Glossy Life

megan said...

Great job, Meghan!! You look great and I'm sure feel great, so keep it up! :)

Jess @ Blonde Meets World said...

It certainly IS something to be proud of, so don't hold back on your pride! Great job!

And I love this - "if I don't take care of myself no one else will".

Emily grapes said...

Woot! It think it means a lot more that you kept it up for an entire year and have steadily kept it off while losing more. That's better than a quick fad diet that only leaves a person going right back to how they used to be.

So great job!! Way to work really hard and not giving up. You look great!
Emily at Amazing Grapes

The Unlikely Runner said...

Congratulations on your weight loss journey, I'm a new follower so I haven't been around but from your pictures I can see a big difference! And it's nice that you did it the old fashioned way by changing your lifestyle, those are changes that will really stick!

erica said...

Great job gorgeous! You should be so proud of yourself. xo

Ashlee said...

Your results are amazing you even look happier in this year's pictures! :)

You have every right to be super proud of yourself! Don't worry about sounding prideful, you are an encouragement to those of us that start and stop and change plans to try and find what works! Thanks for sharing!

Beka said...

You are amazing and accomplished. No harm in being proud :)

Can't wait to get this running season kicked off and read all your recaps!

Vanessa said...

Look at you! You look GREAT! I think your changes are amazing and something to be admired! BE PROUD!

Lauren said...

So awesome girl! This is something to be very proud of :-) I love that you did a whole lifestyle change and not the counting calories thing like most people do to lose weight(I'm been aiming to do the same thing this past year) it's very inspiring and keep it up. Love that you actually ENJOY running, it's a great feeling I'm sure!

Meghan said...

This is an amazing and inspiring post! Congrats on such a successful change, Meghan!

Julie @ The Smitten Mintons said...

This is really great and I'm so proud of you! I've tried to do this countless times and never stick to it. But I'm going to try again and you are my inspiration! You did exactly what I want to do- a lifestyle change, not a short-term diet. The eating is the hardest part for me!

A Babbling Brunette said...

You look amazing!!! And I don't see where you need to lose 10 more pounds?! :) You're doing a great job and I wish I had your motivation!

Rhiannon said...

You look absolutely gorgeous! And should feel so so proud of yourself for all of your hard work. Kudos for you for all of your accomplishments :)

tara said...

you look so great, girl!

Giovanna said...

You look great! Happy for you girly!

xx
Giovanna
www.oliveandanarrow.com

LeAnn said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And congratulations to you! What an inspiration!

Meghan @ Shine On said...

YOU LOOK AWESOME!!!!! And yes - totally silly that we both posted on the same day. Great bloggers' minds think alike. ;)

xox!

AmericanBridget (Jones) said...

New follower here!

Really awesome accomplishment. You should be beaming with pride! I too have started the running bug this year and after my first race in San Diego in June, I'm hooked. I've been part of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society's Team in Training (TNT) team for two seasons now and mentoring this go around. It's great to run with a group of folks on those long runs but often times I enjoy runs alone with just my music pumping in my ear and the smell of the fresh air.

I am running with a handful of folks who are also training for the Disney races this winter. I've signed up for a marathon here in Dallas but plan on doing Disney next year.

Keep up the great work and thanks for blogging so positively about running. More people should get out there and do it!

Amber said...

You look so awesome, my friend! You've seriously been such an inspiration to so many people. You're the reason I keep restarting C25k - I look at where you are now, and I want to be there too! <3

Taylor said...

Hi! I don't remember where I stumbled across your blog from, and I've only been reading for a short time, but I'm so inspired by your progress! Keep up the great work!

Leigh said...

Congrats girl! You're such an inspiration!
xoxo,
Leigh

Jen said...

Meghan! Congratulations! You look great! And I'm glad you feel good too! I REALLY REALLY believe that there are no fancy weight loss secrets. It really is about lifestyle- making healthy eating choices and choosing to eat REAL food (not counting calories and eating some cardboard processed bar or frozen meal..) and being active, whether that is walking each evening, running marathons, or doing some crazy cross-fit program, or simply choosing to lift some weights and take the stairs. And you're right- more than the physical its the mental and emotional health that keep you going! So proud of you and I have no doubt that you can lose that last 10 lbs in the next 5 or 6 months.

And PS- love the outfits and style too :)

torrie said...

amazing. you are such an inspiration... so happy we met via shreeeddding!!! :)

healthygirladventures said...

I love love LOVe hearing motivational stories such as your. I too lost a lot of weight. It was approx 5 years ago and I kept it off. Until now. Slowly 10 - 15 lbs have come back. And to take it back off I decided to take up running. As metioned in another commment I've been off of running for the past two weeks. However starting on Monday I am going to go at it again. I am training for a 5k in November. Not sure I'll be able to attend it but even so I'll continue to train. I hope that i can start to have healthy eating habits again and doing it for me. I am really enjoying the running. Never thought I would.

Anna said...

I've just started following your blog in the last month or so and really appreciated this post.

I have been feeling like I want to start running again (I tried but never got very far a few years ago) and I've told myself that this time I'm going to do it. I've ordered an arm band for my phone, so until that comes I'm allowed to procrastinate, but after that, it's on. Let the awkward morning neighbourhood jogging begin.

Kristin W said...

Sorry I'm so late on commenting here! Awesome story! Thanks for sharing. I don't think you sound prideful at all! You should be proud of all the hard work and lifestyle changes you've made.