It's Friday which means we get to check in with Justin for "From Justin to Kelly" and see how he's doing. Justin and I work together and 2 weeks ago he decided to drastically change his diet and exercise routine in an attempt to become the healthiest Justin possible. He's killing it. I am so proud of him. Alright Justin, take it away!
"It’s been two weeks ya’ll! I did it! I made it through two weeks of a strict diet and exercise regime and guess what?! It worked! I’ve lost 15 pounds so far! I feel great, I look better, and I’m not going to stop until I reach my goal. It’s a struggle for sure and I have to say having people who kept me on track and accountable for everything I put into my mouth was the key. Every time I thought about breaking my diet I would think of those in my life who have been keeping me accountable and think about how disappointed they would be. Especially Kelly who would probably yell at me. Speaking of Kelly, I totally found a piece of pepperoni on Kelly’s desk. How's your diet going Kelly? HMMMMMMM? HMMMMMMMM?
Now I will say that week two was a little easier then week one but it still had its challenges. Weekends are really tough. I thought week days with all the food around would be the hardest on me but it’s when I have down time I realize how much I use to get bored and eat something or get a bottle of wine and drink with my friends. It’s so easy to get into that habit and it’s been really tough getting out of it. Honestly one of the most motivating factors is time. It seems daunting but 2 weeks flew by and to think that I have already lost 15 pounds it’s hard not to stay on track.
Imagine filling a backpack with 15 pounds of rocks. Would you want to carry that around all day? I sure don’t and it’s that image that has lit a fire under my ass. I can’t stop asking myself why I haven’t done this sooner. It’s tough to make such a drastic change, sure. But walking around with that much extra weight is infinitely more difficult.
My next step is to keep going. It’s bizarre to hear friends and co-workers notice the change. I even look in the mirror and think, “Wow I look good, I can’t go back to my old ways.” But temptation is everywhere. And I’m not about to set myself up for failure.
One of the strangest things about losing weight are the people who say things like “you don’t need to lose weight” or “you look great why do you want to lose more?” I mean I get it, no one is going to flat out say “You look unhealthy you should do something about it.” But I have to remember that I’m not losing this weight for anyone but myself. It’s my weight and my body and my insecurities and my health. No one else’s opinion matters. (even though it’s nice to hear compliments.) I’m hoping that by Labor Day I will be able to confidently look in the mirror and feel proud of what I see.
I want to work more on my career and with a new found confidence I think so many doors will open for me, especially once I start knocking again. In the past two weeks I’ve had some amazing experiences that make me realize how blessed I am are helping to keep me running towards a healthier me. It’s funny how I started this diet to lose weight, but I already feel better about myself in ways I couldn’t imagine. AND IT’S ONLY BEEN TWO WEEKS! I’m going to do great things. This is just the beginning. It’s only a matter of time, stay tuned."
Alright friends, that's all for today! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and have a chance to celebrate the men in your lives. Speaking of Father's day, I read a pretty poignant piece on Jezebel this morning that I wanted to share called "Experiencing Father's Day Without A Father." I think it's a really important reminder while we are all posting how grateful and lucky we are to have x, y and z in our lives to remember that not everyone shares your enthusiasm. I feel a punch in my stomach every time someone says to me "God makes no mistakes" etc. etc. etc. I want to rip their face off. Sometimes we forget to be sensitive to those around us and while we live in a world where it's so easy to share our blessings and adventures, it's important to keep two feet planted firmly on the ground and see yourself through another person's eyes. I wish we all were lucky enough to get two perfect parents. I know my parents aren't perfect and I consider myself lucky to have both of them. But for those of you who come from different family units, it doesn't mean you can't celebrate the people who mean something to you. You don't need a father or a mother to celebrate those holidays. You just need someone who means something to you. Then just celebrate them, whoever they may be. Thank them for caring. We don't thank each other enough. So I thank all of you for listening to me every day.
Have a great weekend friends. Remember to tag those photos #RunSelfieRepeat and I will see you tomorrow (if I don't get to crazy) or Monday. Until then, #RunSelfieRepeat