Reaping the rewards – 1 year transformation
Well it has arrived… the first year of my weight loss transformation, and if you are as eager as I am to see the change then have a peek at my before and after photos below;
I thought putting my photos at the beginning of this post would be better than towards the end, as I hope you’ll take the time to read my thoughts and not just scan through them to get to the juicy parts!
First of all I would like to give myself a huge pat on the back, even looking up at the photo as I’m writing this I cannot quite believe what a difference I have made… and in just a year… wow!
I can barely recognise myself at all in my before photos, who was that? Admittedly I had just given birth to our beautiful little Ava Mae but in a year I have not only lost 17kg (37lbs) but I have completely changed my eating habits, my fitness regime, my body shape and my entire life… for the better.
At the beginning of this journey Craig and I used to say things like;
Can you imagine, a year from now you’ll be… a size 12, wearing a bikini, feeling amazing, looking awesome…
Back then it was an exciting dream, one that seemed so far away. Now, to be at the other end of the same dream, but looking back, a year doesn’t seem like it has taken very long to go by at all.
I will openly admit, as I have done in previous posts that there have been some incredibly tough times where I could quite happily have given up, all that hard work and effort seemed just too much at times, especially when I didn’t think I was getting anywhere.
Little did I know that these times were the most important – the times when we aren’t seeing results are the times we need to keep strong, to keep trying and to keep pushing through.
If you can find the willpower to dig that little bit deeper and to work just that little bit harder to get you through what seems like an impossible block then you can rest assured that you have made an achievement and should undoubtedly be proud of yourself. I have found from this experience that as much as we want them to, results just don’t happen overnight.
Walking into the gym first thing in the morning is one of the highlights of my day, now that I can see what I have accomplished in just a year I feel so proud of myself. I can remember how I used to feel about stepping foot in the gym, nervous and out of place, but now I feel comfortable and at ease, like I belong there.
By no means is my transformation over just yet, it’s time to set another new goal, to transform my body into something that resembles a fitness model. Don’t get me wrong I am VERY happy with the way I look now but there are little areas that I still want to work on, like shaping my legs by strengthening my hamstrings.
Some of you reading this are my family or close friends, and I know you have some very real concerns about my fitness journey, one being that I may lose sight of my goals and go too far. But rest assured this is not the case, I have a realistic and healthy goal in mind.
Believe it or not it’s actually encouraging to hear people voice their concerns because it actually means that they think I am capable of achieving a goal which I originally thought to be so out of reach.
The next part of my journey is truly exciting for me, as I feel that I have a good foundation to start from, I have lost most of the body fat and can now see a frame on which to start building.
Here’s an extra photo just for fun!
To those of you following my journey because you have already started or are about to begin a body transformation of your own then I wish you luck, remember that things aren’t always easy and when you feel like giving up, be strong and remember why you started.
To everyone else, thank you for your support, your encouraging words and kind comments have been a huge part of how I have accomplished so much already.
We all have our own ideas of what beautiful is and achieving a sculpted body through weight training is mine, please be respectful of my views and try to appreciate the hard work that I have put in this last year, even if it is not entirely to your taste.