That “spark” fueling my flame.

I know I’ve talked about writing a blog for my weight loss journey and a week later here it is….

Some may be wondering where my jumpstart came from, others may be happy for me no matter what sparked the change. I think it’s important to get a feel for where I’m coming from in my journey before I take you along for the ride.

I don’t remember how many weeks ago this was but I was teaching my second graders about comparative adjectives. More specifically, how to utilize the “er” ending, such as, I’m taller than you. Well when it came to the “est” ending, I explained to students that you use “est” when comparing more than two things. If I was to say, I am the oldest one in the room because there are 20 students. Okay you get it, well one of my lovely (sarcasm?) students decided to compare me to a close teacher friend. This child so politely stated that I was the biggest. Now, I know that I should not let one of my students make me cry but I definitely cried all the way home that day.

I’ve gone through a lot of changes since I started this journey in North Carolina in June. I was dating someone who I thought I loved. Put the relationship on hold to pursue my teaching dream, only to hear him say the day before my interview that “He doesn’t see himself moving down here.” That was clearly super inspirational but I kept keeping on and landed that job. He then decided well we should break up before the first day of school when I clearly needed support the most. Then me being as smart as I am, I thought throwing up in front of my class THREE TIMES was THE best way to start my first day of school.

As I missed home (New York), family, and friends, there were days I didn’t even want to get up in the morning. My class seemed out of control, I was stressed and no matter what I tried, I wanted to throw my hands up and quit. Subconsciously I turned to food. I felt better if I could stop and eat at Sonic after school, grab chinese, get a frappe at McDonald’s before school (made getting out of bed a little bit easier.) I would reward myself in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and watch my favorite TV show. You hear some people “wind-down” after the work day with alcohol. Nope, Ben and Jerry were by my side. Due to my awful eating habits, I had no energy. I would come home and get changed into comfortable clothes, sleep until 8pm. Eat dinner super late. Stay up watching more shows until after midnight. This awful cycle went on from August-Feb. 6th. I was mad at myself for not being able to adjust. I wanted to be happy, I wanted to find comfort in something, something that I could always count on. So, all of these bad habits accumulated to that charming student calling me the biggest.

I can’t solely blame just that student, I’ve struggled with weight before but this time, the change was my choice. I did Weight Watchers from March 2011-July 2011 and I lost 13.4lbs in 4 months. I started this journey Feb. 6th and I’m already down 10.8lbs. That’s only three weeks! I’m so happy I’m ahead of the game this time. I also realized I am supposed to be a role-model to these students and if they see Miss Miller drinking two cans of coke everyday, what does that show them? School life finally seems more calm and I can focus on me.

On February 6th, I decided enough was enough. I joined Planet Fitness and Weight Watchers in the same day. Stepping foot inside that gym was the best thing I could do for myself and then Weight Watchers was just that extra boost. Sure, people ask how I can afford these things but the way I look at it, the amount of money I used to spend on fast food and being miserable all the time, I will definitely pay the extra cost to get myself feeling better.

My life instantly took a 360 degree turn. Okay, Weight Watchers, I know your slogan for this plan is 360, I’m such a genius. Instead of napping for 4 hours everyday after school, I have gone to the gym for almost TWO hours every day. I couldn’t walk up my stairs without feeling out of breath. I can now run two miles at 11:45 pace. Within the first 10 days I lost 6.6lbs. People have babies that are 7 pounds. So yes, I feel as if I lost a baby. I figured I changed my lifestyle so drastically that is probably the biggest loss I will see throughout this whole journey at one time. My students now ask if I need them to fill up my water bottle and they think I go to the school gym for two hours after school, it’s really cute. Instead of Sonic garbage and McDonald’s cups rolling around in my car I have empty water bottles rolling around and Fiber One wrappers tangled in my headphones. I now walk around Walmart calculating Points Plus values on EVERYTHING. Hey, if teaching doesn’t work out, I might just do that for a living. Coming up on March 6th, it will be one month with no soda and no fast food! It’s amazing how different you feel with a little exercise and better eating habits. I don’t have a specific goal in mind yet but I do know when I started college I was probably 135 pounds.

I guess this is the part when I say how proud I am of myself, does that make any sense? Well, I truly am. School seems to be under control and I’m finally adjusting. I’ve swallowed my pride and realized I needed to make some changes in order to feel myself again. I find myself becoming more confident and I can’t wait to see what the future holds! It’s amazing what losing 10.8 pounds can make you feel like, it only motivates me to see what maybe 20 will do, then my little steps will lead to something big : ) Dream big and don’t lose sight of who you truly are. I thank everyone for their support thus far and any words of encouragement are certainly appreciated!

These photos are from August 2008:

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This is now:

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I’m making steady improvements though:Image

 

Thanks for reading : ) Leave any and all inspirational comments below!

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9 thoughts on “That “spark” fueling my flame.

  1. Best of luck with your weightloss goals! As cliche as it sounds, I found that taking the focus off weightloss and shifting it on something else (in my case improved skin condition and overall health) is the most helpful. Otherwise, I end up thinking about food 24/7 and wanting to weight myself all the time, which never fails to lead to falling off the wagon.

  2. Way to go Chelsea! What an inspiration you will be to yout students as you model healthy habits. Sharing your journey with others is so helpful – helps you be accountable and will definitely give you the support you need. Goodbye Ben and Jerry’s supporters – hello blog world supporters!! A friend of mine wrote a blog when he was turning 40 and trying to lose weight. He is absolutely HYSTERICAL and you might enjoy a look at his blog for support and ideas: http://www.me-on-a-diet.com/2013/03/i-have-confidence-2/ Enjoy! I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds doing weight watchers too and every time I see your posts it reminds me to bust my butt. Keep it up girl!!

  3. What a wonderful first entry. I am truly proud of all that you have become. You should be truly proud! I don’t know many 22 year olds who could do what you are doing and have accomplished all that you have in such a short time. Many times change is good. This is a testament to just that. Keep on keeping on and I look forward to your next post. Love the “happy” picture! I remember that day at Bennett Beach. Where does the time go?

  4. You’re so inspiring Chelsea! From what I’ve seen on Facebook and now this, you really seem so dedicated and like you’re losing weight the healthy way. I’m sure many people have been viewing your journey so far, and even if they don’t leave a comment, just know that you’re showing many others what can be done if you give your all to something. And you’re also a great writer! This first post is so well-written and amazing. Keep up the good work! Hope to see you in the near future 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Alex! You’re so sweet! I have always loved writing and maybe I see a new job in my future lol

  5. Chelsea you are so inspiring through your blog, your post on Facebook, WW Meetings and at Planet Fitness. I consider myself fortunate to be on this journey with you. Thank you for all your support and keeping the flame alive.

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