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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Then and Now

I posted this photo on my instagram (@livylovedesigns) yesterday and wanted to talk more about it on my blog.  I took the photo on the left in May as it says and I remember feeling SO accomplished.  I had just lost 30 lbs and was starting to feel like I could keep going and that things were starting to get easier.  I still struggle every single day with the way I live, but then it was a turning point of really making the effort to stick with it which was so incredibly hard.  One thing I have noticed and have positively received feedback from others is that I have and am trying to be so open with my weight loss journey.  This has got to be one of the hardest and most rewarding things I have done.  It's almost the same as having kids.  You love it so much, but it really pushes you in ways you never knew you were capable of.  To say that I can run 10 miles is so crazy to me, but on Saturday for my long run since I am half marathon training, I had to do it and dare I say I enjoyed it! I think only because my attitude has started to change.  I look forward to each work out because I know it's changing my body.  I look forward to wanting to eat right because slowly my body is becoming exactly what I want it to be.  If I put foods into my body that I know I shouldn't eat, it hinders my progress and thats just depressing for me right now.  

I was at a plateau for 2 weeks.  It was quite frustrating, but I see this happening every 15-20 lbs I lose.  My body somehow gets used to what I am doing even if I am burning 1000 calories a day.  It can get discouraging and almost make me want to indulge in food since that will make me feel better (for a minute).  I used to be like that.  I used to turn to food to comfort me when I needed something happy.  Now that I don't look at food as a comfort but as a fuel, I don't rely on that.  Honestly, that is such a freeing feeling because food is a drug and has so much power over some of us.  A huge weight has been lifted knowing that I don't NEED to eat something to feel happier about my life.  I do treat myself every week though so don't think I completely cut sugar and carbs out of my diet.  However, the temptation is less and less.  I could go on and on about that.  I have been seriously thinking of changing this blog to weight loss/fitness related which basically every other post is, but I am not sure if I should make the change.  Fitness is my life now and I am so passionate about it that I only feel natural to make that step! Tell me your thoughts!


  1. You're doing amazing. You're the incredible shrinking woman! Seriously, you've lost so much weight, give yourself time to lose the rest. Your body does adapt, & this ain't the biggest loser--no rush to get to that "magical number" (which doesn't exist anyway). The last bit always takes longer.

  2. You are so inspiring to me! I say go for it.. id love to read more avout your fitness. Im starting my new lifrstylr now too and have about 50 lbs to lose. I know I can do it if I set my mind to it.. but as I also use food as a comfort it is very very very hard. I know ill feel better once I do it though. Keep on going!!

  3. What big changes. You should be so proud of yourself! I would just let your blog evolve into whatever feels right. Don't make any drastic changes yet until you know for sure. Loving your posts though!

  4. I'm SUCH an emotional eater and not seeing progress as quickly as you want to can be so hard. But you look so great! You should be so proud!

  5. Girl, you're a rockstar! I'm so proud of you. Seeing your photos on IG and on here are totally what started myself on a journey to get healthy. Thanks so much for sharing! Your story is just fantastic!! :)

  6. I can't even imagine running 10 miles! I was lucky to walk 3.2 today for the Color Vibe run here in Oregon. But its a start, right? You are so my inspiration.

  7. I love this, really. you are incredible. Tonight you mentioned that it really has to come from within, and i totally get that. I'm struggling to find that again for myself in terms of being active again. Thanks for sharing this, truly.

    Also it was so great to meet you tonight! i wish i had had the chance to chat with you more! :)


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