Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My Story: Part II

Disclaimer: this post brings up sensitive issues—including weight and weight loss. If this bothers you in any way, just skip it and come back tomorrow for my usual light-hearted day-to-day musings.

If you’ve had the chance to check out “My Story” tab, then you might know that I started my blog after I had lost a significant amount of weight.

I don’t talk about my weight loss very often—but I figured it was time for a little maintenance check-in. Anyone who has lost any amount of weight knows that losing the weight is only half of the battle. The other half is all about maintenance.

When I began my weight loss journey, I was at an all-time-high weight-wise and all-time-low self-esteem wise. Ironically, those two have now switched places.

Weight-wise? I’m at my lowest weight of my adult life. I kept my curves—I just toned them up! Self-esteem wise? I’m definitely self-confident. Although it took a while for my mind to catch up with my body, that’s for sure.

Don’t get me wrong, in no way do I define myself by what it says on the scale. In fact, my self-esteem starting building up as soon I started exercising and making good choices. Treating my body right truly makes me happy. Being happy leads to self-confidence. Although my initial goal was to lose weight, the final outcome yielded so much more.

Honestly, in looking back on all the positive changes I’ve made over the past few years—I think the weight loss played more of a ‘beneficial side effect’ role.

It’s not my weight that keeps me coming back for more. It’s the endorphins that are released during a hard work-out and the energy I feel after eating a healthy meal that keep me on track.

I believe that pictures can tell a story—well part of it anyway. I have a pretty great timeline that chronicles my physical changes through pictures. As for the psychological changes, well you’ll just have to take my word for it!

One of the greatest benefits of blogging is having the ability to inspire others. Showing tangible evidence of normal people changing their lives can in turn help others who may be trying to change their lives as well. Reading and seeing the stories of others (bloggers included) certainly helped me to dial into that self-motivation that we all have within us.

Remember you may start out with a loss in mind, but throughout your journey you will gain so much more than you lose.

time for a change

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Starting to take care of my health in Fall 2008. We’re on a hike!

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January 10

June 2010

August 10

What’s your story?

My story all started with a wish to lose weight. I put it into motion and the positive effects snowballed from there. They touched every single part of my life—in the best way possible. So much so, that I hope to base my future career on helping others find their way to a healthy lifestyle.

I gained health, energy, motivation, strength, a love for a running, a love for nourishing whole foods, and so so much more.

Your journey is what you make it. I made it a permanent lifestyle change.

If you have any questions about my weight loss, or weight loss in general—ask away! Either in comments or via email (thenewhealthy@gmail.com). Maybe I’ll do a weight loss Q&A?

<3 Stefanie

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