I have heard that it takes 21 days to break a habit. It has come to my attention that this may be true! We have been on this journey 2 full months now and I have noticed many things that have changed. Not only have I lost weight I have lost 7.5 inches from my fatness, quit eating Hershey’s and quit drinking soda. That is all HUGE in the big picture of it all. It has gotten to the point that I do not even crave Hershey’s or soda any longer. I prefer water over soda and I have found other more healthy ways to curb my sweet tooth. As many of you already know one of our favorites is fat free frozen yogurt. YUM! By the way the coolest place ever just opened up nearby so we will be doing a post about it soon.
I guess if you just hang in there you can over come anything. That is pretty empowering to know. By over coming the few things it has put me on track for bigger and better things. If you would have asked me 4 months ago if I would do a 5k. I would have laughed at you and thought never in a million years I can’t do that! Well, I am starting my 3rd week of c25k training today! Not only that my original plan is to run a 5k by my birthday in September and now we are going to try one at the end of July. We are planning a run/walk version in July, but we are doing it. This is exciting and scary at the same time. The best thing about it all is that I know I can do it if I want to!
When you start doing something good and making positive changes it creates a chain reaction. We have so many people who are joining us in this journey and planning on doing the 5k with us. That is very cool! 21 days to break a habit…Right now I am working on cutting bad carbs out I only have 15 days to go and I am very excited to get there. When you put together no Hershey’s, no soda, exercise and no bad carbs. You have a recipe for a healthy, happy, fabulous fattie!
XO From a happy healthy Shannon
Last night was a really rough night… I was dealing with some stuff that really hit me emotionally, but needed to be dealt with. It was like an emotional cleanse and I woke up feeling great this morning. I even exercised… in the morning and for me that is HUGE because I am not a morning person, and I don’t care to get the stupid worm! I also got on the scale and was down, and let’s be honest – if that isn’t a mood booster for a chubby chick on a weight loss mission than what is?
I haven’t started the C25K yet, but plan to tomorrow and am very excited to be beginning a journey to do something only skinny healthy people do… run. I have never liked running, because… really fat people don’t like to run, but I have always been envious of runners and their amazing bodies. When I auditioned for the Biggest Loser I said I wanted to get in good enough shape to run a marathon. (Yes, I did audition for the Biggest Loser and they made a big mistake of not picking me, huge! JK!) I still would love to run a marathon someday, to me that is when I will know I have really gotten there. To me that would be more important than a number on the scale or a size of clothing because that signifies true health. You cannot get true health from a pill, a drink or any other quick fix way. True health is something that takes time, constant effort and a lot of work.
I have said before I am an instant results type gal and I lose patience (give up) pretty quick. This journey to achieve true health has tested my patience more than I would like to admit. Sometimes I do really good and don’t lose and other times I do really bad and it doesn’t show much either, and then there are those times I think I am doing good and I gain?! That is when I have had to reevaluate and find where I need to make some adjustments. Accepting that everyone is different and I am not going to lose the same as Shannon or whoever is a realization I have come to accept and know I get to keep working and I will reach my goals when it is right for me.
Another great quote I got from some fabulous person on twitter:
“No matter what is happening in your life right now, TRUST that all is good and unfolding in your best interests.”
I believe we go through hard times to make us stronger, so we can learn, grow and really appreciate the good things in life. Weight loss isn’t necessarily easy, but if it was would we appreciate it? I feel like I am a stronger woman today than I was yesterday and I am so excited to focus my strength and energy on achieving my goals… on running a 5K in September. You don’t know how amazing that is to me… I never would have thought of me as a “runner” even though I always secretly wanted to be.
Thank you, all of you, for your kind words and support. Each day is an opportunity to make the world a better place!
An emotional (in a positive sense) and excited Angie