the power of perspective…

current & before

As with most selfies… I got a glimpse of myself in the mirror this morning in the bathroom and for the first time, the difference in how I look really hit me.  It has been over a half of a decade since I was this weight.  I am wearing clothes that I have not worn in that same time frame.  Yes, I still have those clothes… they were/are good clothes and I hoped that one day I would be able to wear them again!

No longer am I out of breath bending over to tie my shoes.  Clothes hang correctly now and don’t bunch in places.  It’s funny the things you notice as you lose a significant amount of weight….  my shoes are more comfortable now… my wedding ring almost slips off my finger without any effort… my watch band is loose… I am on the last notch in my belt… and those are just related clothing.  There is a whole other list of things not related to clothing.  Like I mentioned, not getting out of breath tying my shoes or putting on my socks… not getting winded walking up a flight of stairs… not crashing as soon as I get home from work.  My resting heart rate is lower, my blood pressure is lower, my cholesterol numbers are better, my A1C numbers are better.  I no longer take medications for reflux and heartburn.  I no longer takes medications for depression…  yes I said it, depression!  That may be a shock to some people… but I was not in a good place for a while there, but that is the past!

Onward and upward from here my friends!  Keep after it, day by day.  This is not some fly by night diet or overnight fix.  This has been almost 11 months of consistent effort!  Seems daunting at the beginning, however, if you just focus on making the best decision that is currently in front of you, things are manageable.  No need to think beyond the next meal, much less the next day!  Afterall, Creighton Abrams said it best…

“When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.”

So with that, I am focussed on the next decision ahead of me!  Thank you everyone for the kind words and Instagram likes!  The Keto Community has been good to me and I hope to help and inspire those that may need a little help.

Have a great day!

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