20 lbs Down – 10 Things About Life

Friends, it’s been a while. It makes me a bit sad that posts have been few and far between around here. Things have been hectic, my transition from my old day job to Ninong’s has been quite the journey and adjustment. My sleeping pattern has flipped upside down and I’m usually asleep before the sun goes down. Just kidding, lol. But I’m usually KO’d by 10 pm.

Now that things are starting to settle down a bit, here I am. Ready to share and write. The biggest

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news is in the headline itself. Ladies and gents – yesterday, I officially lost over 20 pounds since I started my aggressive weight loss journey almost 5 months ago. I never really took a photo of myself at my biggest, probably because I was afraid to and didn’t want to admit it. But here’s a photo from around that time. I hate this photo by the way…

 

 

before

This was right before I started my journey. I was unmotivated, making excuses…I was tired and unhappy. But one day, I was inspired. My boss at my day job shared her low-carb diet plan that she was on and she said it was working for her! She motivated me to start the diet too and 20 lbs later, here I am!

after

Here’s a picture of me, my mom, and my dad from this past weekend. 20 lbs later, I feel great and I have more self-confidence. Not only confidence about my physical appearance, but confidence in so many other aspects of my life. Here’s another shameless selfie.

selfie

Losing that much weight so far has given me that encouragement to accomplish more goals, be more vulnerable, and live a life I can be proud of. It’s been about 4 months and in that span of time I’ve learned so much about myself. I’ve learned so many things that have made me stronger as a woman, daughter, wife, and friend. Here are 10 things that I’ll never forget.

  1. Don’t just dip your toe in the pool of possibility, DIVE in! Yes, it’s scary. Yes, you might get hurt. No, it won’t be easy. But trust me, it’ll be worth it.
  2. Tell people you care about that you love them as often as you can. Never take people you care about for granted.
  3. It’s ok to be vulnerable and weak. We don’t have to be strong all the time.
  4. Step back and look at your life from the outside in. Are you leading a life that you’re proud of? Are you the person you want to be? Or are you working toward the person you want to become?
  5. Happiness holds more wealth than actual money. Money isn’t everything. Yes, I’ll admit it’s important but it’s not everything.
  6. Surround yourself with people that will make you a better person. Your friends are people you should be able to open up to without being judged. They’ll celebrate and be happy for your success, be sad with you when you’re going through a hard time, but also let you know when you’re being an ass.
  7. Too much of something is never a good thing. Find a life balance that works for your life.
  8. If you’re unhappy, be strong and make a change.
  9. It’s better to take baby steps than make no movement at all. It may be overwhelming and scary. But try not to dwell on the big picture. Take the baby steps to accomplish your goals.
  10. You can achieve anything. Never doubt yourself. Anything is possible. Have faith in your God give abilities.

 

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