I experienced a brief moment of terror this morning when I realized just how much I am putting myself out there with this blog. Why was this realization frightening you may ask? Because for years I was introverted, embarrassed and unhappy with who I was. Working on this blog is a realization of just how much I have changed physically, mentally and emotionally over the last few years.
For those of you who know me, those who may not, and those who know me all too well, this was me.
This was all 240+ pounds of me. This was me pre-paleo, pre-weight loss and (I'll admit it) pre-self confidence. This is who I was before I took ownership of my health and happiness.
Taking responsibility for my weight and my unhappiness was hard. No part of it was easy. I had to work my butt off. I had to get over my pride. I had to make myself workout, even when I didn't "feel like it." I had to constantly battle and overcome the self doubt I experienced. I had to understand that I wasn't going to see instant results, but that didn't mean that I should give up. The journey was difficult, but I had a never-ending amount of support beside me. I had family, friends, even random strangers pushing me forward every step of the way.
The changes I began to see were enough to keep me motivated. When I stopped bogging my body down with grains, sugar and processed food, my energy went through the roof. The numbers on the scale continued to go down as my spirits steadily rose. Seeing and feeling the results, made me realize I am capable of more than I thought and it gave me the confidence to put myself out there.
I started venturing out more and discovered a love for the outdoors, music, art and social events. I am now more comfortable expressing my opinion with friends, family, and random focus groups I participate in (extra $ in hand = happy Katie.) Once a champion of the "that food is gross, I don't want it" philosophy, I am now game to try new food and drinks that expand my culinary horizons. I want to experience and take in every place, every culture, every...everything. I mean it when I say, "I have never been happier with who I am in this world."
If there is something holding you back, I hope that the honesty and experiences I share through this blog will encourage you to take that first step!
P.S. If you have any questions or comments, I encourage you to leave them below! ☺