There Will Always Be Cake

"It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop." - Confucius

I'm Courtney. In my early 20's. As of 1/23/2013, 50 lbs lost, 120 to go! Keep on pushing.
The photo on the left? The day I finished my post-bachelor degree Med Tech internship (~352 lbs, late August 2012). My highest weight. That photo is one that I was pretty sure I would take to my grave because I never wanted anyone to see me like that. The photo on the right? Over a third of the way there - nearly 60 lbs lost (~293 lbs, February 2014). Goal weight is 185-220 lbs. I am 6’0 tall. I lost it all with ups/downs and trial and error - but I just STUCK to it. I was depressed, dealt with marital issues, gained weight back, injured myself from trying to exercise the way I wanted to be able to -  but I STUCK TO IT. I modified my lifestyle so that I’d stop gaining weight, and slowly worked to get active and to enjoy eating healthy meals. I learned to find pleasures in something besides eating and watching TV - I enjoyed learning crafts and playing music and spending time with friends. I began loving to run and bike and swim again like many years ago. I learned that I can watch TV - but that I should do it while cleaning or working out and that I should learn to be picky in what I choose to “waste” time watching. It’s so cliche but if I can do it, anyone can. It takes a long time but it’s time that will pass regardless - you might as well put the effort in. If you want to start here’s my advice 1) Start logging your calories and holding yourself accountable - when you force yourself to face what you are doing YOU WILL WANT TO CHANGE 2) Limit your sugar, soda and processed food intake - once you get it “out of your system” - your cravings will go away, it just takes some upfront commitment 3) Make a promise to spend even just 15 minutes a day doing something active, try something new and slowly get out of your comfort zone. It’s hard and it’s scary and it’s uncomfortable and it’s not always fun, but it’s worth it. 4) Don’t be discouraged by how much you have to lose or how long it will take - all that means is that there’s no better time to start than TODAY. Follow my tumblr to see the rest of my journey :)

** EDIT I can’t believe I almost forgot 5) If there’s anyone standing in your way from reaching your goals, that doesn’t support you or help you do what you need to do - FUCK THEM. Fuck them. You don’t deserve to be treated like that. Either they are with you or they aren’t.

The photo on the left? The day I finished my post-bachelor degree Med Tech internship (~352 lbs, late August 2012). My highest weight. That photo is one that I was pretty sure I would take to my grave because I never wanted anyone to see me like that. The photo on the right? Over a third of the way there - nearly 60 lbs lost (~293 lbs, February 2014). Goal weight is 185-220 lbs. I am 6’0 tall. I lost it all with ups/downs and trial and error - but I just STUCK to it. I was depressed, dealt with marital issues, gained weight back, injured myself from trying to exercise the way I wanted to be able to -  but I STUCK TO IT. I modified my lifestyle so that I’d stop gaining weight, and slowly worked to get active and to enjoy eating healthy meals. I learned to find pleasures in something besides eating and watching TV - I enjoyed learning crafts and playing music and spending time with friends. I began loving to run and bike and swim again like many years ago. I learned that I can watch TV - but that I should do it while cleaning or working out and that I should learn to be picky in what I choose to “waste” time watching. It’s so cliche but if I can do it, anyone can. It takes a long time but it’s time that will pass regardless - you might as well put the effort in. If you want to start here’s my advice 1) Start logging your calories and holding yourself accountable - when you force yourself to face what you are doing YOU WILL WANT TO CHANGE 2) Limit your sugar, soda and processed food intake - once you get it “out of your system” - your cravings will go away, it just takes some upfront commitment 3) Make a promise to spend even just 15 minutes a day doing something active, try something new and slowly get out of your comfort zone. It’s hard and it’s scary and it’s uncomfortable and it’s not always fun, but it’s worth it. 4) Don’t be discouraged by how much you have to lose or how long it will take - all that means is that there’s no better time to start than TODAY. Follow my tumblr to see the rest of my journey :)

** EDIT I can’t believe I almost forgot 5) If there’s anyone standing in your way from reaching your goals, that doesn’t support you or help you do what you need to do - FUCK THEM. Fuck them. You don’t deserve to be treated like that. Either they are with you or they aren’t.

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