December 19, 2010

Drop dead gorgeous

When I first read about the Drop Dead Gorgeous by December challenge, I knew I wanted to be part of it. I was still really new to both weight loss and blogging - only a few weeks and about thirteen pounds in - and the idea of challenges really appealed to me. This seemed like a great way to ease my way into the world of blog challenges, since I felt so new and still very restricted at the time.

from isaiah zagar's magic garden - south street, philly
Fast forward four months.

I'm just a shadow of the girl I was then. I've lost quite a few pounds, but the now-and-then weight comparison is, I feel, really insignificant next to the things I have discovered I am capable of.

In August, I could walk around the block a few times. During this challenge, I started walking 5k's - and in two weeks, I'll be running one.

In August, I was wearing size 28 work pants from Lane Bryant. During this challenge, I bought a pair of size 20's for the first time since middle school - and next week, I'm going to the store and I'll be buying 18's.

In August, I knew only a handful of healthy-ish recipes (read: could be healthy but I either did something while cooking that detracted from the health benefits, or I ate waaaaaay too much of it). During this challenge, I made over a dozen new recipes - many of which I will definitely be making again ... if I haven't already! Zucchini boats and black bean burgers were definite favorites.

In August, I was dissatisfied and generally unhappy because I was facing a two-hundred pound weight loss goal. During this challenge, I have worked my tail off and took care of over a quarter of that goal loss - and I'm still working hard. And, amazingly, with taking better care of myself came other perks. I'm not dissatisfied. I'm no longer profoundly unhappy. I have my share of troubles and difficult days, but in general, I'm loving life and feeling healthy, beautiful, and just absolutely incredible.

(Drop dead gorgeous, you might say.)

8 comments:

Ann (-50 lbs in -60 lb challenge) said...

Yay!! Well, you have worked so hard (and it shows) ...

I'm enjoying watching your progress and transformation. Things that were once a struggle are not even blips on the radar. That is fun to see. It is an evolutionary process, isn't it?

The size 20 jean post was a fun one to celebrate - I giggled that you were caught by such surprise, that you actually fit into those. I wish I could be there to see the look on your family's faces, when they actually lay eyes on you. It was a gradual change for you, but they haven't seen you in ages (except for your sister), so it will be dramatic change for their eyes to behold!

And yes, you are drop dead gorgeous - inside and out!

Keep up the good work and know that 2011 will be a fantastic year!

Jules said...

WOW...just WOW...Good job@

Debbie said...

You have done an amazing job. And congrats on the size 20's... All I can say is way to go...

Anne H said...

It's good to feel good!
Yay!

Waisting Time said...

Oh this is so awesome:) Good for you!

Yum Yucky said...

I love this! No procrastinating for you, huh? You really hit the ground running. That is excellent!

Casey said...

I loved reading this! It's nice to be taken by surprise by something so positive, isn't it!

Jessica said...

So proud of you and your accomplishments!