One Year.

20140224-110238.jpgI never thought I would post this. It’s been a year since I began my weight-loss/fitness journey.

I am not much of a selfie poster; definitely not much of a personal photo poster. Every time I looked at the photo from last year and compared it to a progress shot, I thought hell no, I will never share this with anyone beyond my boyfriend and perhaps my mother. I hated, well… I hate looking at it. But then I thought, why not? You may not be comfortable with how you looked a year ago but that’s just it… it was a year ago. It isn’t today. You’re better today. Why not allow yourself to be proud of how far you have come rather than hide it?

I did something about it, that’s what matters.

Today I am far more comfortable and confident in my own skin, I am healthy, I am fit, I am 40lbs lighter and I feel that I earned the right to post a damn selfie.

This is a year’s worth of hard work. This is a year’s worth of not only undergoing a total body transformation but a lifestyle transformation as well. I committed myself to a regular workout routine (that I once considered an obligation and now I consider a want and a need), and I have also changed my eating habits drastically.

It’s true, what they say, about eventually not craving the crap once you stop eating it. People tell me to splurge, let loose a little and go ahead and “let yourself” eat some cookies – everyone else is.  But that’s the thing… it’s not a matter of not allowing myself anymore. I just don’t want it. I don’t crave it. I don’t need it.  I prefer a yummy smoothie over a plate of bacon for breakfast; I prefer a nice salad topped with all of my favorite vegetables, egg, chicken, you name it… over a burger and french fries; I prefer to snack on blueberries, cherry tomatoes, and hummus and carrots instead of a bag of chips.

Now, I don’t deprive myself of a “treat” that doesn’t fall within my regular diet if I do occasionally  want something like that; I know I am allowed to and I don’t cheat myself. I just no longer have the regular taste for it and that’s just fine.

Additionally, I exercise regularly. The gym has become my home away from home. When I’m away on a break day or something, I miss it. People look at it as obsessive, but I don’t. I wake up in the morning and yearn for the exhausted feeling of accomplishment that I get at the end of a great workout; I crave the endorphin high I feel from a run, especially ones that are faster and further than those previously; I stretch and get excited when my muscles are so sore that I struggle walking to the bathroom or removing my clothes for the shower because I know that the soreness is a sign of a killer workout.

I also look forward to signs of progress. To me, there are few feelings better than noticing your progress – no matter how small. The little changes in your body that sometimes even happen in just days, that the average person wouldn’t notice (if they do, they’re looking too closely), but you do. It’s the best. I get excited when it’s time to try a new workout routine, and it’s thrilling to me when I give a new meal plan or exercise a shot and can notice the changes that occur with it.

Learning my body has been interesting, difficult and exciting all the same.

So yes, I will flaunt that selfie and I won’t feel an ounce of shame about it!

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5 thoughts on “One Year.

  1. jaredrexclark

    You look amazing my friend! Don’t be ashamed of either photo. We all have to start from a point we’re not that happy with. I took a picture of myself when I first started my jouney and was so embrassed by it. I did post it, but it took a lot for me to do that. However, I was looking at it today and I cannot believe how far I’ve come. It puts a fire in me to see where I am today and I know I’m closer to where I want to be. I guess here in a few months I’ll have to put my one year photo and I hope the progress is close to yours. I am happy our paths have crossed in the blogging world!

    Congrats!
    Jared

    • katiefoley11

      Thank you so much! That means a lot to me! It is definitely difficult to post a picture like that for the world to see. It took me a long time to realize that I should be proud, not ashamed, of the things I have accomplished… and who knows, maybe sharing my story with pictures will encourage others to work hard to achieve their goals! You should definitely post a comparison photo, or at least have one for yourself to look at next to your first one so you can see how far you’ve come. I’m sure your progress is and will continue to be awesome. Good luck and thank you for your kind words!

      • jaredrexclark

        Welcome! I know what you mean, and I think a lot of the nerves come from how mean people can be on most social media sites. However, everyone I have come into contact with through my blog has been friendly and supportive! For me I saw other people post pictures and I kept thinking if this person can do it, then I can too. I still have the first photos I took and will be taking others once a year gets here. I do plan on posting them, and then you can tell me how amazing I look! HA-kidding!

        Looking back on the journey up to his point it has had ups and downs, but I’ve learned a lot from it all. I had a period earlier in this year where my blog and workouts weren’t happening, but I still have a few months before that one year point to put all that knowledge to use.

        Thanks for the well wishes and you’re welcome! You put in the work and deserve all the praise.

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