But this deserves special mention. A lot of you probably know that I started up a Biggest Loser competition in my neighborhood (and surrounding areas). With the help of the extra motivation of being accountable to team-mates (and let's be honest...for bragging rights -- and the potential of winning prize money), I have pushed myself far enough to have lost a substantial amount of weight in the past 4 months.
In fact, as of 7:45 this morning, my amount of weight loss has officially hit the 30 pound mark. That's right -- I, overweight for my entire adult life (and longer), am finally winning the battle! I still have a ways to go -- at least another 20 pounds if not 30 -- but now I know that is it possible.
So how did I do it? Just what the comic strip above says: Eat less and excercise more! Yes, it really is that simple. I have not cut out a single thing from my diet. I still eat pizza, still drink Pepsi, still eat my daughter's birthday cakes. In fact, that's why it works. Because I am not denying myself of anything. I am simply eating in moderation -- an art that took me many years to learn.
And it's true what they say -- just by doing one or the other, eating less or excercising, it's not going to work. They go together hand-in-hand. Just like chips & salsa. Or Ross & Rachel. Or Pepsi and Andrea. They are a Dynamic Duo that require each other in order to be a true success.
I don't count points, I don't measure out portions. That might work wonders for some people -- but it's too much stress for me! I simply take smaller portions, refrain from second helpings, and limit my Pepsi and my snacking -- especially in the evenings.
Here is a recent picture of me when I had was just shy of the 25 pound mark. I am modeling a pair of my new -- smaller sized -- jeans. Which are already getting too big on me, I might add!
I have been told by many people that my weight loss has been an inspiration to them. Do you know how long I have wanted to be that person? It was always everybody else that was that person to me. But now that I have found what works -- you know, that crazy 'fad' diet! -- I get to spread the inspiration on to others. And that makes me feel very proud of my accomplishments!
**If you want to follow along more closely with my weight loss journey, check out my other blog, mission: possible **