the photo on the left was taken exactly one year ago at my college graduation.
i remember that day perfectly! i came up with every excuse i could think of to NOT go to it. i didn’t’ want to be seen by my entire college community looking the way i did. i remember the fear in my mind about being looked at. i felt so insecure. so fat. so ugly. why would i want to parade that on stage? but in the end, my parents made me go.
i was 260 pounds at the time. i remember thinking that i was so big that i was going to bust out of my gown.
my college graduation was supposed to be one of the happiest days of my life. instead it was a day filled with insecurity.
AND not to mention, i was graduating with a degree in EXERCISE SCIENCE! shouldn’t all of those people be FIT?!
well, my friends, a lot has changed since may 2011.
now take a look at the girl on the right side of that picture. THAT is what happiness looks like. today, for the first time i since i was 12, i was able to look in the mirror and smile at what i saw in the reflection.
i can’t imagine a better feeling than what i just experienced.
there’s nothing more beautiful then self acceptance.
i know i’m still quite far from my goal, but i am SO proud of what i’ve accomplished so far.
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How do you decide what a reasonable monthly goal is? I've been trying to lose weight fie what feelslike forever and every time a make progress I fall back and gain the weight back. I'm starting fresh this summer and I'm not sure where to start. I was hoping you could help. You've been my biggest insperation these last few weeks!
i don’t set numbers as my months goals EVER! i make monthy goals such as: keep a constant food journal, drink a gallon of water every day, go to the gym 5-6 times a week.
it’s only healthy to lose 1-2 pounds a week at most. but DO NOT get caught up in a number! i’ve stopped weighing myself and it’s helped so so so much!! it was only causing me to get stressed out.
start small! make little goals that you know you can achieve and then make a bigger goal from there. it’s important to have goals! my ultimate goal is to lose 50 pounds but i can’t focus on that number!
also — WRITE OUT your goals! share them with someone! it will help hold you accountable.
let me know if i can help you further! :)