Saturday, April 25, 2009

1 Year Ago Today.....

.....I went from this.....................to this!

I can't believe that it's been a year since I started this journey.....one year ago today, April, 25, 2008, I joined a gym (something I thought I would never do!) & made the commitment to myself to become healthier, skinnier & most of all, happier! It hasn't been easy, by any means, but the reward has been SO worth it! I've hit a few roadblocks along the way (shoulder injury (tendonitis & bursitis), being diagnosed with bulging discs in my neck, then being diagnosed with osteoarthritis.....just to name a few, lol), but I never gave up! Even when I couldn't work out, I still stayed positive & was even more careful about what I put into my mouth. I made it through the holidays, only gaining about 4 pounds (which is good for me since I love to bake cookies & make fudge!), but I got right back on track & kept going. To date, I've lost a total of 63.8 pounds & numerous inches.....unfortunately, I didn't measure myself in the beginning, but the clothes tell the story. I've gone from a size 24 jeans down to a size 14, from 1x & 2x shirts, down to a large, from a 48D bra, down to a 42C....and even those are getting too big now ;) Yeah, it figures.....the first thing I lose are my b**bs & b*tt! LOL
So welcome to the new me. Although I still have quite a ways to go until I meet my long-term goal, I'm getting there.....slow & steady :)

Have a wonderful week!
Benita

13 comments:

Emily said...

you look fantastic!!

Lorrie said...

Benita, girl, you have a LOT to be proud of! Congrats and Happy Anniversary. You should go and treat yourself today -- not with food, but with a trip to the spa, or a new cute summer outfit!
WAY TO GO GIRL!!! {{hugs}}

emily said...

What an inspiring lifestyle change you have made! Congratulations on all your hard work!

Kim said...

You go girl!!! You look hot. It is such hard work and a commitment. Working out and keeping up with it is the hardest thing I have ever done. I'm so proud of you. I can't wait to get to the point you are at! Way to go!

sugar_and_spice said...

Good for you, Benita! You are looking FABULOUS!!! Keep up the hard work!

Dena (Strawberryfairy)

Sandra T. said...

Benita....WOW!!! You look amazing!

Janet said...

Wow, wow, wow! You look GREAT! What an accomplishment! You have worked so hard and should be so proud. Thank you for the inspiration! I think of you when I get on the elliptical! :-D

Aimeslee said...

Aw man, I wanna be you when I grow up! Congrats and you deserve it! xoxoxo

Linda said...

Congrats Benita! You look fabulous! Stay strong and you will reach your goal.

Sharon Giordano said...

You look terrific! Congratulations on keeping motivated and reaching such an impressive goal.

Julie S said...

Benita you look MAHHHHHVELOUS!! Congratulations on the weight loss!! Its been a journey and you're doing fantastic at it! Keep up the great work!

Julie
www.inkedujour.com

Heather said...

Awesome! You have done such a great job and are such an inspiration!

Evelyn said...

I absolutely LOVE the page of your Mother-in-law. It is beautiful!!! GREAT JOB on the weightloss and change in lifestyle. It takes a lot of commitment!!! You ROCK!!