Before and during..... I originally had before and after when I posted this picture to Facebook and my lovely cousin had messaged me and made a comment about "before and during" and it hit me- I am still "during" in my journey. I am not at my "after" point yet, I'm still a newbie lol. When I look at the left picture I barely recognize those two people. This was taken September 2015 on my oldest first day of kindergarten by her actually. This was one day after I did my first official workout with 21 day fix. 2 weeks before that I saw a picture of myself and my youngest and was almost in tears with how far I let myself go. I had 3 babies in a little under 4 years and mom life and laziness caught up to me.
When I look at the left picture I see forced smiles, a couple uncomfortable in their bodies, not only in size but also the "chore" of carrying around all that weight... and I see shame and guilt.
When I see the right picture- taken February 2017- I see true happiness, PRIDE, change, I can see us both standing up taller feeling proud of our accomplishments SO FAR. I see a couple still so in love after 16 years together, a couple going on this journey together so that we can better ourselves and show our children healthy examples. We want to be there when our grandkids are born, and graduate and god willing see a great grandkid be born! (scary to think since my oldest is only 7 and I am only 31).
I want to keep this picture close by so I can look back someday with another "during" picture and be amazing at the starting point. I want to post this to maybe inspire and motivate someone else to make that change- no matter how small- that could turn your world upside down in the most amazing way. I don't post to brag or for praise, I do it so I can always look back and see how far I've come and to remember those moments, relive those high highs and the low lows. Every step in this journey is important, how you deal with and process a bad day or bad run makes a huge difference.
My journey is still "during" I'm not finished yet.
What is one tip you have for a newbies journey? What was your tipping point to make a change?
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What changed for you that made you decide to run?