One of our users has just completed her first 21 days on the site. And though her journey isn't complete yet, she's truly been an inspiration. She has a heart for encouragement and is a born leader. Reading through her mission again, these two quotes sum it up pretty well for me:
Day 1: Worked out on the treadmill. I was "aiming for 30 minutes, but could only do 25"
Day 22: "Thinking about buying one of those recumbent exercise bike's this weekend, I notice that I am getting stronger and now want more options during my workouts, I think before too long my whole living room will be turned into a gym"
If that's not inspiring, I don't know what is! You can read Sarah's full journey here: http://bit.ly/qe7V6N
Without further ado, here's Sarah!
Hello, I'm Sarah and I have begun a weight loss journey. I was very blessed the day I happened to stumble upon loopchange because it has changed my life in more ways than one. I am 29 year's old and my starting weight was 322 pounds. I have attempted many times to lose weight and I never stuck with it. I always just gave up and told myself I might as well face it, I'll always be over weight. I finally woke up and decided I was making losing weight harder than it actually was. Why not try and start small? So I did. I began giving up sodas and sweets. That was not an easy task. I struggled with it because I loved my soda more than I did water and it felt like an addiction. I went through withdraws and I fell off that wagon many times but I picked myself back up and continued with it. Then I began feeling guilty every time I would drink a soda and I learned a trick with water: I hated tap water and didn't really care for bottled water either; I realized I loved my sodas ice cold, so I decided to just start pouring a cup of ice in my water and I fell in love with it. I started giving the soda and sweets up back in April. It took me at least until June before I knew I finally kicked the habit. I loved cheesecake, Reese's cups and many more but for me, I was very lucky they were not as hard as I thought they would be to give up.
I started watching my weight drop on the scale. By July I had already dropped 20 pounds by just giving up the sweets and sodas and drinking nothing but water. I realized I can do this and it was time to kick it up a notch. I decided I wanted to purchase a treadmill and happened to stumble on a very nice treadmill at Walmart and made the purchase. I got it home and set it up over the weekend. The week of July 20th, starting that Monday I got online and did a lot of research on treadmill routine's. I asked a question on yahoo questions and found replies to other people's question that was similar to mine, (I cant remember what question it was I asked now). Well I read one person's reply to the question and it said to try loopchange.com. It was a website to break habit's in 21 days and you pick a mission (a habit) you want to break and you begin your mission by writing what you want to accomplish and change; what are your fears and so on, and you update it daily, and others can see it and post encouraging words along the way, and you are held accountable when you mess up. I figured why not give it a try, So I did. I started a mission July 20th to lose 15 pounds in one month by eating healthy, learning to count calories and daily exercise. The first day started out great, I stuck to my diet and did my exercise for the day. As the week progressed I stumbled with days of just not wanting to get up and exercise, or over sleeping and not getting up in time for breakfast, or just flat out not wanting to eat breakfast, or skipping lunch here and there. I fought through the bumps and the temptations. I never gave up though, I kept fighting.
I found myself one night pulling into Whataburger's parking lot fighting a temptation. I had skipped lunch that day and figured I could splurge a little at Whataburger, so when I pulled in I saw two cars in front of me and changed my mind and pulled away. My husband looked at me and said "I am so proud of you", that just completely made my night when he said that and began to change my way of thinking when it comes to food. My husband is my biggest supporter. We are both in this together. He still struggles with eating healthier foods and I never force him to change his habit's. If I cook dinner and its something healthy he'll eat it and be ok with it. If we swing by subway, I'm ordering a turkey on wheat and he's ordering an Italian BMT. He has lost a lot of weight so far the way he's been working at his job and especially in this heat and drinking less soda's as well. Total so far we are about even he's lost 30 pounds and I have lost 30 pounds! Crossing that finish line together as a team!!!!!
My weight loss is not over. I may have crossed that 21 day milestone, and I still have a long way to go, but with loopchange, I am able to log my daily doings, and it has helped me set a routine for myself, getting up and eating breakfast in the morning, a quick snack a few hours later, then have lunch, then another quick snack a bit later and then supper. It's made me more aware of what I am eating everyday and what I am lacking in eating. I have never liked veggies, so I never eat them. Someone suggested just having a taste test with them and see which one's you can do and start with that, well I did, so far pea's are pretty good, and I love corn, I am still working on the others and I know I will get there I just have to be patient. I was a major couch potato, I hated doing anything strenuous and just never had the motivation, so i began working out on the treadmill. I had to start out slow so I wouldnt get frustrated and just give up. I began doing just 15 minute walks on the treadmill. I aimed for an hour total at first and decided to break them down. Four 15 minute walks on the treadmill a day, then I would change it to 3 20 minute walks on the treadmill. I was getting better at the treadmill and ventured on to other things. One day I just decided to get up turn the music on and dance, I really enjoyed that! It gave me a good workout and it was something different. then I decided to buy zumba for the wii. Now I really enjoy zumba on the wii and it is very difficult to keep up with but fun at the same time, but I started noticing a little pain in my knees when i would walk on the treadmill and figured maybe with the zumba I was putting a lot of pressure on my knees. I have two bad knees. My right knee has pins in it holding my knee cap in place. My left knee cap goes out of place too but I have not had surgery for it yet. So I have kind of slacked off on Zumba, but have continued on with the other exercises I have been doing. When I started loopchange, my starting weight was 302 within 3 weeks, 21 day's I have lost 10 pounds and I notice a difference in myself, in my confidence and strength. I never thought I would be one to exercise daily, nor eat healthy, or be able to give up sodas. I have broken so many bad habits in 21 days as well as start good habit's. My weight loss journey is no where near done, but I am on the right track and have accomplished so much already in just 21 day's!
No more excuses I dont want to anymore, this is my time!! My time to make that change I've wanted for so many years~ Sarah!
Thank you Sarah! I can't wait to see where you go from here!!!