Thursday, July 5, 2012

Guest Post - Jen - Funny Minus the Fat


*I hope you enjoy Jen's story.  I thought it'd be a great one for BackAtSquareZero because I know some of you out there think - Lucky Abby she has already lost 25 pounds and she only wants to lose about a dozen more.  Then you worry if you have a larger goal or wonder how it can be done.  Well here is one amazing lady who is doing it!*

Hi Everyone!
My name is Jen and I normally blog at Such a Funny Fat but I'm really excited to be guest posting here today.  I started my journey to get healthy nearly two years ago when I weighed in at my highest recorded weight of 382.4 pounds.  I'm sure you're wondering how did you get started?  I don't really have an “A-Ha” moment it just sort of happened.  The trickier part is keeping it going!  Over the two years I've lost 180+ pounds and counting and while I'd love to say that I've found the magic pill or mantra to encourage me to keep going but it's nothing like that.  I simply LOVE the way I feel.  I love that I can eat healthy, feel good and still lose weight!
Me - July 2010
This past weekend I was home for a family reunion and that means FOOD.  There was chicken basted with butter and beer, potatoes, cheese curds, lots of pasta salads and of course baked goods!  I knew that I'd go a little off plan this weekend (and I was ok with that) because I wanted to really enjoy myself.  I tried not to focus on the food but rather the people that I don't get to see nearly often enough.  While we ate lunch I caught up with my cousin, Rebekah, so while we visited I ate slowly and felt satisfied without needing a second helping.  I had intended on going for a run after the reunion was over but settled for taking a walk to the historical society with family.  It was nice to be active and get to visit even more.
Mom, Brenda, & Me
I knew that no matter what I ate over the weekend, whether it was all carrot sticks or all coffee cake that Monday morning MUST be a big workout.  As long as I put 100% effort into a good workout on Monday morning then I wouldn't feel guilty about what I ate over the weekend.  After all, it is in the past.  So, I woke up this morning, laced up my Brooks and headed out.  I am about half way through a 5K to 10K training program so I've started hitting some of the longer runs and today was no exception but I nailed the workout and had great times, at least in my opinion! 
Consistency - Usually something I can spell, but never achieve!
I realize that my journey to get healthy will never be perfect because I'm not perfect, but I feel as though I am definitely making progress.  There were times throughout the weekend that I thought/reached for a treat and then realized I wasn't hungry so why was I doing that?  I find that to be tremendously rewarding!  I feel like those little moments, those non-scale victories, really help keep me on plan.

How about you?  Do you notice/celebrate your non-scale victories?  Want to continue to follow my journey?  Come visit me at http://suchafunnyfat.blogspot.com

I want to thank Abby for having me here today!  It's been so much fun!!

13 comments:

  1. Mercedes MoebuisJuly 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    you are such an inspiration Jen! keep up the amazing work!

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  2. WOW! What an inspiration! You are doing great. Keep up the good work.

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  3. I'm so proud of you Jen! What an accomplishment! Stay strong and be proud of yourself :)

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    1. I am definitely proud of how far I've come! This has been an amazing journey. It has ups and downs but I wouldn't have it any other way!

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  4. Wow-what an amazing accomplishment! I'm so in awe - she is AMAZING!

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciate your kind words because it helps me keep going through the rough patches!

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  5. Isn't it the most amazing story. To work hard and lose that much. Wow! Glad you all enjoyed it.

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    1. Thank you so much for having me Abby! It was a lot of fun! Hope you were able to relax a little on vacation knowing the blog was taken care of!

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    2. It was great to spend more time with my family. I appreciate it:)

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