Saturday, August 28, 2010

I'm a slightly better me...

This is me last summer.  It's the only photo I could find of me that shows me from the neck down. I avoided photos! But here's my fatness, even though I'm desperately trying to hide my gut. I know there's this photo of me riding on my parents' tractor where I look like whale, but I think I deleted it.  I was 186 lbs.  I know some of you may weigh more than that, but I'm 5'5" & that's the fattest I've ever been (except when I was pregnant).  It did not feel good. I had no waist. My clothes did not fit. I did not like looking at myself in the mirror.    :(

 This is me today.  Two days before my 30th birthday. :)  I ran my very first 5K today & I finished it in 39:51!  On Mother's Day this year, I started the "Couch to 5K" program & I stuck with it (for the most part).  I decided it was time to get off my ass & get some exercise.  I did not diet.  I don't do sit ups. I still eat cheese for lunch & ice cream before bed.  I just got off my ass & started running on my treadmill three times a week.  I've lost 10 lbs, 2 sizes, and several inches.  I'm far from skinny, but I've made a couple of simple changes in my life & I don't hate myself anymore. :)  I also feel better, I sleep better, I have more energy, I can wear SOME of my pre-pregnancy clothes again, and I make better choices for my kids & me.  We've cut back on the fast food & I make sure we eat more fruits & veggies. 

I really just wanted to post this b/c I know some of you have read on my FB page about how I've been running & you might think that you can't do it.  But you can.  I'm lazy.  I love food.  I hate exercise.  But I got off my ass & now I'm a slightly better me. :)