Sunday, January 5, 2014

Doing it . . .

This is my most recent layout.  It wasn't hard to make, but it was hard to post.  So I decided that since I took that step, that I might as well share some of my story here on my blog.

[Made using Robyn Meierotto's $1 kit "Motivate" - get it here.]

June 2012 I hit rock bottom.  I was in constant pain, I couldn't take care of my family, or even myself.  I was only existing.  To say that I was depressed barely scratched the surface.  
Then my angels saved me:  My Mom and my dear husband.  
My Mom made it possible for me to search for the help I needed and finally found.  She encouraged me and made me feel hope again.  Ryan supported me wholeheartedly and made sacrifices as well to make sure I got the help I needed to start my journey.

I started seeing the weight come off and then I was encouraged to reduce my carb intake because I was now diabetic.  Knowing myself, I decided to stop eating sugar altogether and kick diabetes in the butt :)  and I did!!

I lost 100 lbs. before I'd even hit a year!!  The past six months I've been able to take off 25 more pounds.  Things have definitely slowed down, plateaus are a pain - but I'm up to the challenge.

I'm determined not to go back, and to continue my journey of health.  I'm not on a diet and I won't have an ending point.  My goal is simply to work and to live my life.  I got my life back and I'm finally able to do all those things that we take for granted each day.  

The past couple of weeks I've had the winter blahs and so I decided that I'm going to spend some time sharpening those things that have become second nature.  I want to set little goals and track what I'm doing so I can fix things and kick through these plateaus faster.  To help me I'm going to be using these Motivate printables that Robyn Meierotto created.

Motivate | Printables
If you are interested, you can find them here.

The hardest lesson for me to learn has been to make myself more important to me.  That is hard.  But it's something that can't be left out of the equation.  I'm also trying to retrain that voice in my head that has nothing nice to say about me and my abilities.  (shhhhhh)

More than anything I'm thankful for the strength my Heavenly Father gives to me when I'm weak.  For the pain and burdens that my Savior willingly carries if I let him and for my angels.  They have always loved me - through all my very unlovable times.  I am very blessed.


Unknown said...

This is incredible. You have always amazed me with your gifts and talents. I will always consider you one of my "Amazing" friends even though we no longer live in the same town/state:) You have inspired me. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Way to go Mandy, you are awesome. You can do this for yourself and for your family! I gain strength from you . Keep it up

Sandy said...

Thank you for having the courage and strength to share your story. I have so much more I need to do for myself; I am determined that 2014 will be a better year! Congratulations on your hard work; I am so happy for you.

Mindy said...

Mandy, I completely know what you mean about making time for yourself. I have a hard time making me a priority also. I need to lose alot of weight too.
Would you mind giving me more information about what you did? I am trying to do the belly fat cure which is cut out carbs and sugars. I would love to know what you did, and know that I am so happy for you. :D love you.

Bonnie said...

Thank you for sharing your story. It's very inspirational, especially as you made true changes and didn't follow some fad diet. Congrats!

kate blue said...

wow! great story to encourage those of us who have been sick or have struggled with weight-love those lists too!!!