The motivation that started my weight loss journey was upon getting home from our honeymoon. Looking at the photos, I was ashamed and embarrassed. The day after we returned home I joined Weight Watchers. Well, of course, that motivation was sparse. I had lost a pound or two, but by year end with holidays it all crept back. In January 2014 I was constantly not feeling well, just feeling off. At the recommendation of my mom I asked for a full blood panel and found out that my blood pressure and cholesterol was unacceptable, and that I was also borderline type 2 diabetes. At 23 years old!
The doctor said it was a direct response to poor diet and exercise and told me that unless I changed my habits I would be put on medication. (I do not take any medication – like at all!) So I started to take my healthy lifestyle more seriously!
I joined Weight Watchers and have been using that as my main method for learning how to eat right and make good choices. From slowly losing weight and gaining more confidence I started walking, then running and since 2013 I have done over a couple dozen 5ks, 10ks and even two half marathons! And then the last 4 months I started doing morning bootcamps at Epic Fitness! For me, weight loss and success have been a huge motivation for more weight loss and success. And then I truly believe my instagram @meghanpaigetarry and my blog fitnessfoodandfinance.
Just to give some raw numbers… at my all time heaviest (end of 2008) I was 170lbs, as of this morning 143lbs. I was a size 16 and now a size 6/8. My body fat percentage first tracked in November 2013 was at 41% and as of last week 34%.
As of May 2014 all my blood tests came back normal and healthy! And since then, weight loss success has been my continuing motivation for more weight loss success. Another thing that I think helps me has been my social media accountability through Instagram, Facebook and my blog. I feel like you can only talk about your food choices or non-scale victories to close family and friends to a point before they become uninterested or even some potentially sabotage the process (whether unintentional or on purpose). On social media, I have been surrounded by some amazing people that are going through the same complicated journey as I am! We share in the little tiny triumphs and we encourage each other when we are just over it! It has been extremely valuable in my journey.
To follow Meghan’s journey, find her on Instagram at @meghanpaigetarry.
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