I believe in ME
Trisha Mackey | 03.22.13
Trisha Mackey; Wolfforth, TX
Looking back at the "old me:"
I was tired, sick, and sad all the time. I had no energy. I watched my kids play from the sidelines yet I pushed them to be in sports and be active. What kind of mother was I that didn't walk the walk, so to speak? I was 220 lbs and did not like where I had led myself.
The moment I decided to make a change:
I had just dropped my kids off at school and went home for my usual day of sitting on the couch and feeling sorry for myself. As I was sitting there it hit me I was the only person that could change me. I was the only person that could get myself on the road to a healthier me. That instant I said out loud:
"I believe in ME" and "Trisha YOU can do this."
I put in Wii Dance and did 15 min of it. It was not pretty, graceful, or coordinated but I did it. Everyday for a week I would do 15 to 20 min of it, plus go for small walks. I wanted to do this right. No crazy diets, and no hardcore workouts that would make me burn out. The goal I was hoping to achieve was 32 lbs by my 32nd birthday. (3 Months) I told myself that if I did not reach that goal I would not be hard on myself as long as I felt I was on the right track.
What motivated me to reach my goal:
Day by day I got a little more activity and day be day I made 1 smarter food choice. The 2nd week in I was told about Leslie Sansone Walk at Home DVD's. I also found the group Steps to Good Health. I bought a pedometer and logged my steps every day in the group. Before I knew it I was down 10 lbs the 1st month. Than by bumping up my activity weekly and incorporating better foods in my meals I was down another 10 lbs the 2nd month. In March 2012 (2nd Month in) I started jogging. I signed up for my 1st 5K that April and jogged the whole way.
The group Steps to Good Health was my support.
The group Steps To Good Health was so supportive and encouraging. The friends I made there kept me going and held me accountable. They believed in me and most importantly I believed in myself.
I realize I am my biggest cheerleader.
My husband and children loved the new active me. I ended up losing the 32 lbs a week later than expected. I was thrilled. I kept up with all my activity still bumping it up weekly and trying new foods to replace our usual not so good for us food, and I lost another 10 lbs.
I have always been a "big boned" kind of girl so everyone has told me my whole life so I never imagined to be in the 170 lb range. I kept signing up for races and kept on doing what I was doing aiming for better times, higher step counts and from Jan 2012 to Dec 2012 I lost 80 lbs. 80 lbs!!! From a size 22W to a 6/8.
I am now currently training for a half marathon April 6th. Not only is everyone around me amazed that I did/am doing this without diets or diet pills- I am shocked at myself and my determination.
How I feel today:
I am a FIRM believer that getting activity in your daily life is 100% beneficial for mind, body, and soul. I am living proof. I have so much energy, my endorphins kick in right away in the morning and I feel amazing all through out the day. I went from being sick constantly with asthma, allergies, every bug that was around to not getting sick once this year. I am so proud of myself for how far I have come.
My advice for others who want to make a healthy change in their own life:
"You have to believe in yourself. You have to prove to yourself that you are worth this. You have to be your biggest cheerleader, and your hardest coach."
Do it the right way. Do not deprive yourself of food. Just day by day make 1 smarter choice. Day by day get some kind of activity. Work your way up and take it step by step. These small steps will amount into so much more than you will ever imagine.
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