Back in January, I decided to live an inspired life. Encouraging others through simple lifestyle changes, I embarked on a journey that has led me to a glorious place of loss. And I couldn't be happier about it.
It's a matter of wills. It's mind over matter. It's choosing the really hard choices because I deserve it. And it's making it a lifestyle. Because it can never be temporary. Once we come to terms that healthy living is not just a "right now" thing, it's easier and becomes habit. I won't always make the healthy choice, but I will always try to make the "right" choice nine times out of ten. It's a ridiculously hard mental game that requires effort, concentration and determination every step of the way.
But at almost thirteen weeks later, I'm realizing this.
And clinging to that for life. By the time another three months go by, summer will be starting and I don't want to be left behind. I don't want to have another year where I feel self-conscious or worry about what other people think or what I'm going to wear that day. I'm determined to make it different. And at this rate, I believe I can do it.
By the Numbers:
The weight loss wasn't huge this month, but it's why I opted for the picture I did. I'm focusing on how I feel and how clothes fit.
Since February 9th: 7 lbs
Since December 9th: 26 lbs
Overall: 45 lbs
Lost another pants size
These are the biggest pants I ever wore. I took the picture and then I stored them away, just as a reminder. I cleared my closet of THREE huge bags of clothes this month. NEVER GOING BACK THERE!
Ran over 80 miles
Continued to train on the weekends and finished #pushupsforpaczkis and started #burpeesforbrownies
No pop since December 8th
Ran an "official" 5k and finished in a time of 38:34 (12:25 pace) - despite HORRENDOUS weather (hello, snow, sleet, and freezing cold)
This is down over 8 minutes from my time in about 4 years ago!
And my favorite victory? I lost almost an entire Charlie.
I can't talk enough about how this is radically changing my life. If you're not dead, it's not too late.
How are you inspiring others?
About the author:
Samantha Schultz is a mom of two boys married to her high school sweetheart. She's a jill-of-all-trades and loves finding the beautiful in the ordinary and drinking her coffee with whipped cream and chocolate.