That is an unfathomable amount to me, and I'm so proud of myself when I stop to think about it. 20 pounds is the weight of a large cat or a small dog; a Costco bag of flour or sugar; a CAR TIRE, which I can't even lift comfortably. This isn't something to brush off, I have earned this and I'm so excited for this entire journey.
These 20 pounds are the first step, the biggest step, and the step I've completed for the last time. No more will I try fad diets, no more will I go offtrack or blame life for bringing me down. No more will I be the biggest girl in my friend group. I've taken the initiative and I've proved to myself that I can do it, and I will continue doing this until that last pound is shed and that scale says my goal weight.
These 20 pounds are about a third of the way on my journey to lose a total of 65 pounds; but that's only 45 more, and I know I can do it! My goal is to have lost all of the weight by next spring break, meaning I am hoping to have lost 25 pounds by fall semester (first week of September) and 20 more by Christmas. Christmas will be my time to simply maintain; I know myself and my affinity for cookies. But I have two months before my deadline of mid-March for my final weight, and I know I can do it.
But the most important thing I realized through this journey I'm on, is that right now, regardless of my appearance, I'm the happiest I've ever been.
I live in the most beautiful country in the world; I've got the greatest friends anyone could ask for, and my boyfriend is my best friend; I'm independent and bold, confident and content whilst always striving to out-do myself in everything, from workouts to class assignments to social excursions and networking opportunities; I love my college and I exceeded my goal GPA; I'm working my dream job at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and saving money in every other odd job I can find to build my future, post-graduation life. But overall I'm moving with one purpose in mind: to have a happy, healthy future for myself.
And that's the only motivation I need. I'm young.
If I ever want to enjoy the perks of being thin, and the comfort of a healthy body, spirit and mind, it is now until the rest of my life. And I'm doing it for me, past, present and future. Because I've learned to love and appreciate every step of my journey and every stage of my life and personality with no regrets, and I'm changing now because I learned from each of those moments. And I'm thankful for all of them.
Here are the 5 main guidelines from Weight Watchers (WW) that are helpful for those starting:
1. two teaspoons of healthy oils (sunflower, safflower, canola, olive) which can come from cooking or I usually add olive oil to my salads at lunch.
2.Two servings of dairy, which is a cup (8 oz.) of milk (soy, regular, almond, you name it), yogurt, three slices of cheese, or two Babybels; of course there are other options but that's what I have tried.
3. 5 servings of fruits/vegetables, and a serving is a half cup or for fruit, a fruit or two small fruits (i.e. clementines, apricots.)
4. A daily multivitamin; I take the one-a-day women's gummies from Walmart! The men's ones have crystalized sugar on them, no fair.
5. Finally, 10-30 minutes minimum of daily activity.