So, I’ve lost 70 pounds in a little less than a year. I love posting pictures of my weight loss for self motivation as well as to inspire others. Now, I have a HUGE support system, however, a select few think I post pics for attention… Thoughts? Honestly, I’m damn proud of myself for being able to lose so much weight and feel healthier. BUT, I never boast about it. I was 70 pounds overweight, I know how it feels to wish you were that skinny girl. I’m very empathetic towards others. Again, I hope to just inspire others to be healthy. I need opinions…
Hey, all! So, a lot has happened since my last post on June 9th. It’s a little more than a month later and life has improved heaps. That internship I got for myself just to keep myself busy for the summer, turned into a job! Whatttttt?!?! That’s crazy! And I love it so much! I am now a Therapeutic Aide at Cedarbrook Nursing Home! Bye, bye red shirts and khaki pants; no more slaving away at the wonderful world of retail hell at Target! I also got my boyfriend an internship where I now work, so we’ll be working together now.
He also visited me three times in July and now there are only 4 weeks left of the summer before we move into our apartment. Now, don’t get too excited, we didn’t get a legit apartment yet, this is just a school housing apartment. I am still in need of lots of prayers that we can find one after this school year and get approved. God, I know you’re always looking out for me, so please, I pray that you’ll help me, help us, find one. And, keep me going strong these last 4 weeks! Thank You, for all You do. ❤
Prayers are always greatly appreciated!
Keep smiling. Until next time,
Ms Ari Marie
Hey, all. It’s been way too long since I’ve last blogged. My apologies. Not that anyone really cares or reads this. Anyway, my senior year of college is now over and I am on another joyous summer break 😛 I loathe summertime. There used to be a time where I longed for the summer– to share my time off with my family, relax, be away from people at school. Well, that has all changed. Since last year, meeting my boyfriend, I hate summer. He is my family now. My family is torn apart this summer anyway. My little sister moved out and my parents hate each other. I got myself a kitten to keep myself busy so I don’t end up with a terrible depression spell, like last summer 😦 I also am working all I can at my job at Target as well as got myself an internship so that I will hardly have a moment of free time. I’m a bit depressed already, but not nearly as bad as last year. Is that because my boyfriend and I are in a more secured part of our relationship, being together for over a year now? Or should it be harder to be apart? I have no idea. All I know is that this is our last summer of being apart because we will be getting an apartment together next summer. Fingers crossed. I do not know what the qualifications per each building are, but I could use all the prayers I could get that we get into at least one that we apply for!
God has been so gracious to me the last couple of months in helping me get the big things in my life that I’ve been praying for. He’s helped me gain motivation and determination in myself as well as strength to achieve my weight loss goals, which I have been praying for for some time now. I got a scholarship that I prayed so much for. I got more hours at Target so I can save up money for this apartment. I got better grades in school this year. I gained more confidence in myself. I got an internship after searching for one for some time and almost giving up hope. I prayed my whole life to find that one special person and I have now. Most recently I’ve been praying to get approved for a credit card so that one step towards getting an apartment would be completed and it happened. Now all I need is for the apartment to be approved when we apply next year. Please, please, please whoever reads this, pray for me. I cannot do another summer without my boyfriend. It is absolutely heartbreaking. He is my rock and the best person in my life. He is the only person who makes me feel wonderful all the time. We really want to start our lives together and start our own mini-family. God, please let this all work out. I have endless faith in You ❤
And, thank you all who read this who are willing to pray for us. It means so much to me.
There are 68 days left until school starts again… I also pray they go by quickly! I need my babycakes! Teehee.
Hello, all! It’s been a few days, but I wanted to see if this thing would actually go somewhere. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I have two followers, yes two! Haha, although it may not seem like a lot, that’s two more than I anticipated. Woo!
Anyways, what shall I talk about today… hmm…
Well, I’m feeling really good about myself today, why not talk about my recent weight loss? I want to not come off as bragging because I don’t ever feel that good about myself, but I want to motivate people who don’t think it’s possible for them to lose weight. I never did, so I never tried. Now, one can argue that I began my weight loss journey for all the wrong reasons. I started when I met my boyfriend. I was a lot bigger when I met him. In a sense, I guess it was good that he fell in love with me when I was heavier.
I began dating my boyfriend in April of 2013, we fell in love in May (a bit soon, but it happened and we both knew it was the real deal). The semester ended on the 17th of May, so we had a long summer ahead of us, 3 and a half months, to be exact. It was tough for a new relationship, to be apart that long. Having a relationship over text messages and the occasional phone call sucks. Things get terribly misconstrued and it’s just hell. Well, things did, in fact, get misconstrued…
Everything was going very well until about the last week of June. We were texting about working out. He was going to start going to the gym. Now, at this point, I wasn’t close with his parents and my biggest fear was that his parents wouldn’t think I was good enough or pretty enough for him because I was heavier. I was scared. Then, I decided to ask a question I knew could have a terrible answer: “Would you like me better thinner?” His response: “Yes.” I remember the terrible, heart-dropping-into-your-stomach feeling and the insta-sob that happened immediately after reading that text. To make things worse, he texted back saying “That wasn’t supposed to sound that bad. I mean, wouldn’t anyone like their significant other to be?” My response, “No… I fell in love with you for you, not for who I thought you could become.” We talked until 9:00 am that morning. We mended things, but I still had unsettling feeling, and so began my weight loss journey.
I started by downloading a weight loss app on my phone called Noom. It was probably the best thing I could have done. You log your current weight and your goal weight. Noom will ask you approximately how many pounds you’d like to lose a week (the maximum is 2/week) and then how long it will take you to achieve your goal. It also tells you how many calories you should consume to get the pounds off in your preferred amount of time. You log in your meals and exercises and keep almost like a food and exercise journal. Trust me, it works wonders to keep a log!
Once I got in the swing of things and logged all my meals and learned to eat healthier and learn to exercise effectively, the pounds started melting off. I did about 30 minutes to an hour of cardio a day, plus the 30-day squat challenge (which is f-ing awesome!), and 200-400 crunches for toning. It was hard work, but totally worth it! Within 2 months, I lost 30 pounds.
Prior to this, I had an under active thyroid, which made me gain weight very easily and it gave me problems with my nervous system, such as producing too much cortisol in my blood stream, which made me basically to nervous and anxious to function. After those 30 pounds came off, I no longer had this problem! I went to the doctor to get blood work done and my doctor said all of my numbers were extremely good for my age and I was very healthy. I was so shocked!
Since the summer, I have managed to lose 20 more pounds, making my grand total 50 pounds lost and down 2 dress sizes. I’d still like to lose about 15 more, which would put me at my goal weight and the weight that fits the BMI for my height.
I’ve come a long way and I’m never giving up hope! True, my motivation wasn’t the greatest, but my progress-motivation was great! I now know that I can do anything I put time and effort into. I truly believe ANYONE can do what I did. I was not very healthy when I began this and now I really am. YOU can do it. Believe in yourself and don’t give up, even if it gets too hard… push yourself. The end result will make you smile.
Until next time,
Ms Ari Marie