So, on March 7th, I started my journey. It sure has been a journey! I'm only half way to my first goal, but I did it in the exact time frame I wanted. I am very pleased. I have had some hard times emotionally-my husband is coming home from Navy basic training due to medical issues even though he so badly wanted to be in the navy, which was heartbreaking for both of us; him because he wanted to be there, and for me because I saw him work exceptionally hard to get there. So, he'll be coming home in a few weeks. But, you know, after I get this 100 pounds off, maybe I'll just join the Air Force or Navy so that one of us could at least serve.
In this six months, I went from doing zero exercise , smoking more than a pack a day (not completely kicked, but on it's wayyyy down, to like less than one cigarette a week on average), emotionally I was rock bottom. Now, I am the complete opposite in all these aspects. My first post here was a pathetic cry for help to myself. It was so hard, the first few months. I started running. My first big goal was 1.5 miles, and I completed it in the first month through diligent hard work and crazy effort. I can now run like 7 miles, but I maintain a long run of about 5-6 miles because I decided that I should probably run a lot before I start working on doing a marathon like I originally planned. Before, I couldn't run for more than 30 seconds at a time, and all 268 pounds of me cried out in pain every day. I also started doing kettlebells, which have helped me feel more toned and make me more strong. I am now on my way to pressing a 44 pound kettlebell regularly for my workout, and I can use the 44 for swings. I did start with the 35, but I've made a lot of progress. I can also do snatches with my 26 pounder, and that's a real accomplishment as well. Anyway, this forum also helped a ton. I haven't been around a ton the last month, but I thought I'd let you all know where I am at.
Here are some pics!
Before: Around January of this year. I'm in the middle of my cousin and sister in law
Here's a face one that is from last summer, around 260 pounds or so, maybe more.
Now, at 50 pounds loss today:
And one of the face. No makeup, sorry all. But, you get the idea.