June 20th, 2018

The picture above is the same day. . . The one one the left was after my 5.4 mile walk. The one on the right was before. Before I went for my walk I was dreading it. I mean DREADING it. I was off work to go with friends but the weather changed those plans so I REALLY wanted to just stay in bed. After coming up with every excuse possible and trying to rationalize having a lazy day I got up, got dressed, put on my sneakers and headphones and out the door I went. The after photo shows how proud of myself I was, how good I felt to have been able to walk that far without a break, how amazingly cleansing a good sweat can be!

Do not get me wrong me; I still am NOT a fan of working out. I still believe those who enjoy and look forward to working out are majestic creatures who should be caged. 😂 but, really I give them so much credit because working out is no fun (for me, at least.)

So why do I do it? Why do I get up at 4am most mornings? And go for long hikes and even longer walks? Because this girl has goals! And I will not reach them or be able to sustain them if I don’t push myself beyond every limit I’ve ever put on myself or that has been placed on me.

I didn’t have this surgery to just lose weight, although holla at your girl cause I hit 150 POUNDS DOWN from my highest weight yesterday, I had this surgery to be healthier and play a more active role in my own life. Part of that means working out even when I don’t really feel like it.

I can and will tell you though; I have never regretted a single work out I have done. I sometimes dread them and put it off but after each in I feel accomplished and know that it’s one step closer to this being a permanent lifestyle change.

The below side by side shows me that this hard work is showing on the outside; but the best changes have been within me. Learning my strength and remembering the drive I have always had inside. This is a hard journey but my god is it incredible! ❤️

Updated side by side comparison:

Highest Weight:398

Current Weight: 248 💪

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