At this time last year, I was wearing shirts that were size 3xl & 4xl and pants that were sizes 26 or 28. Now, I am wearing shirts that are large or xlarge and pants that are size 14 or 16. That is quite a difference in less than a year! I am so happy that I made the changes in my life that lead me to where I am today.
There are many things that I can do now that I was unable do do last year. I can run 5 kms without stopping. A year ago, I would have had a hard time just walking 5 kms an now I am working running a 5k faster and hoping to someday run a 10k.
I can cross my legs now. Before I would be uncomfortable sitting in a chair with arms...especially narrow ones. They would cut into my outer thigh and I would end up with red marks on them and now I can sit in them and cross my legs if I want.
When I was 333.4 lbs, going to a restaurant with only booths was not fun. I would always try to find a table rather than a booth. I would arrive at the restaurant and scope out a comfortable place to sit. If I sat in a booth, my belly would always be against the table with no extra room and sometimes my belly would sit on top of the table, how embarassing! It was always very uncomfortable...especially if the table was a fixed table. The ones that moved were not so bad. I would just move the table a few inches closer to Joey and Brandon to give me some moving room.
The physical changes are the ones that most people see, but I have also gone through major mental changes. I now see my glass as half full when before it was always half empty. I always try to focus on the postitve in any situation which can be really hard when things are not going as you want them too...just be sure when the hard time is over, to really look at the situation and see the postive.
The smile on my face a year ago was not a true smile. I was hurting inside and did not want
anyone to know about it. I felt I was not a good person and I did not deserve to be happy. Now I know that I am a good person and I am so happy. I love my life!
For those of you who don't know me I will post a few pictures of myself...old and new.
The first picture was taken of me about 1 & 1/2 years ago.
The second one was taken in May 2010. I had about 45 lbs off at at that time.
The last photo was taken on New Years Eve.
What a difference a year makes!