The group of people who have entered are a great mix of new friends and old. One thing I am noticing though is that there are several participants who are really hesitant to send me their scale picture/before weight. Trust me...there was a time where I would have chosen some form of punishment in place of making my weight public knowledge.
Although I am nowhere near the weight I want to be, I have stopped allowing that number on the scale to define me. That number is not who I am.
The number for me is 252.
Do I like that number? Hell, no.
Do I want it to go down? Definitely.
Am I less of a person because of this number? Absolutely not.
I am not saying that I am never insecure anymore. That would be a lie. I doubt myself all the time, but I am learning each and every day to be more forgiving.
I feel great and I am getting stronger. The scale is not moving as fast as I would like, but I am noticing differences in my body. I am stronger. My endurance is much better. I am tightening up. I recently ran 3 miles in under 30 minutes!! I am slowly turning into an athlete of sorts.
I haven't taken progress pictures in a couple weeks, but in the most recent one, there is only about a 5 pound difference -- but it looks much more significant than that. I am not going to allow the fact that the number isn't crazy big take away the fact that I made progress. (That is why I want my challengers to send me a before picture.)
The scale is nice, but it ain't everything! Don't beat yourself up. Join the challenge and know that if you send me your weight, you are sending to a person will not judge. I am just a cheerleader.
In other news....
CONGRATULATIONS TO MY FIRST GIVEAWAY WINNER!! Enjoy your Brady Bands, Leslie! I know I do. There are so many pretty choices...and for a great cause! I will be e-mailing you this evening with your giftcard!