|October 2011 vs October 2012|
Hello all!! I’m Emily. AKA Mrs EyeCanSee from The Juice is Worth the Squeeze. That’s me up there. October 2011 vs October 2012. Amazing the difference a year makes isn’t it!? I want to thank Katie for letting me high jack her blog today so I can share with all of you my weight loss journey. She was such a huge inspiration to me and so many others, I hope I can pay it forward and inspire some of you!
Struggling with weight is nothing new to me. My chubby days started at the ripe old age of 9. I’ve been up and down more times than I can count. I’ve tried pretty much every single fad diet out there and they all worked great, but the weight never stayed off and I would end up right back where I started. Most times even heavier. I started 2012 at the heaviest weight I’d ever been wondering how I got there.
Katie and I go WAY back. Like before we had kids WAY back. In 2010 we went through pregnancies together through the blogosphere and like a lot of women, struggled with the extra baby weight that followed. Last year I watched Katie throughout her whole journey. From the day she joined Weight Watchers to the day she reached goal I admired her every step along the way. I clearly remember sitting in my office the day she posted her final comparison pictures and being so proud she had done it. I cheered her on through the ups and downs and prayed that I would one day find the spark, the motivation to do it too. I wanted nothing more than to take that first step to being healthier. I had even made one half assed attempt only to be back to my old ways no more than a month later. I wasn’t ready. My heart wasn’t in it. It took me almost one more year to find the passion and dedication that Katie already had.
When I saw pictures of myself after the holidays last year I couldn’t believe what I saw. How did I let it get so out of control? I was tired of how sluggish and exhausted I felt all the time. I was way too young to feel so old and tired. I deserved so much better. I went back and forth on how I wanted to tackle the journey that lay ahead of me. Which crazy diet was I going to do this time? But in the back of my head I kept thinking of Katie (And her sister too!!) and how they both rocked at Weight Watchers. How it had changed their lives. That’s what I needed. I didn’t need another fad diet. I needed something that was going to change me. Change the way I eat. Fix the unhealthy relationship I had with food. I was going to do this. 2012 was going to be my year.
It feels like just yesterday I was sitting on my couch that fateful Saturday morning in January. Coat on. Keys in hand. Still nervous to walk through those WW doors. So afraid of failing again, I didn’t even want to start. There’s always tomorrow right? For me, that first step was by far the hardest, but it’s been one of the best things I have ever done. I now sit here, just 11 short months later, 85 pounds lighter! 85! So close to my ultimate goal I can actually taste it! Some days even I can’t believe it. I do a double take when I see myself in the mirror. Who is that SKINNY person staring back at me? For the first time EVER I feel healthy. I feel like I’ve got this. I’ve finally learned how to eat right. It’s been a long, hard road to get here, but worth every single mile. I am so proud of what I’ve accomplished. So glad I finally realized that tomorrow needed to be today.
I have been so inspired by this lady and her dedication. Doesn't she look amazing? Thanks so much, Emily for sharing your story.
Follow along with the rest of her story over at her blog.