Tuesday night we went grocery shopping. We went down the aisle where all the Totinos Rolls and chicken nuggets and frozen pizza and french fries were. I told Brandon that it was amazing how much could change in a year and then I remembered I had an anniversary coming up later that week.
A year ago today I stepped on the scale and could not believe what I saw.
I had written a post a week and a half earlier about taking care of myself, but it wasn't until that moment that I realized what I had done. I didn't realize just how bad I had let things get.
I hopped on my blog and wrote this post.
(Side note: I didn't quite hit 70 pounds...but I will soon.)
And then I did two things. I put on my workout clothes and wrote a grocery list.
After we hit up the grocery store, I hit the gym at our apartment. It was scary and I felt like people were judging me the whole time. After all, I was 239 pounds and my face was super red after about five minutes on the treadmill I'm sure.
No one ever said anything to me, but I do remember a day or two later, someone grumbling on Facebook about all the new people at the gym. And this is my PSA/soapbox moment of this blog post.
A year ago today I was the new girl. I'm down 64 pounds and counting because I kept at it and used jerk comments on Facebook to fuel me to go even further. But not everyone is like me. (Don't get me wrong, it still hurt.) Some men and women are very tender hearted and going to the gym or starting a new running group can be very intimidating and overwhelming. One harsh word or comment can destroy a person. They will hit the door and be gone from taking back their life for another year. A year that could have been spent taking back their health and adding years to their life. Obesity is a real problem in this country. If you need evidence of that, simply look around you. You don't have to watch Biggest Loser to find them. And also? Fat people are aware they are fat. They don't need anyone making snide comments to remind them. Instead, give them a smile, or a "Good job!" or a "Way to go!"
You will never know how far that smile or encouraging word can push a person. I know that your encouraging words have helped me 64 pounds and run a half-marathon.
::steps down from her soapbox::
I am really proud of how far I've come and I can't wait to see what January 10th holds for next year!
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