|I feel very honored that Leah has asked me for a guest post on her blog! My name is Lori and I host the blog “Finding Radiance” where I journal life after losing 100+ pounds and what I do to keep it off (and hopefully take off a little more :D)
Leah asked to write about what losing weight has given me freedom from in honor of Independence Day. There are lots of things, like freedom from Lane Bryant, freedom from teasing, freedom from obesity-related health problems, etc. However, I wanted to mention a freedom that I *gained* from losing weight. This is the freedom of movement.
When I was at my heaviest (250 pounds), I was able to move around and do things, and I thought I was somewhat strong. However, doing stuff just tired me out. Carrying around 100 extra pounds is a lot of extra work that a body has to do just to function each and every day. I really never wanted to admit how tiring it was to try to exercise or even just walk around the mall. Being active was just not something I enjoyed. At all. Part of that was because I had an all-or-nothing mentality, so I figured if I was going to exercise, I may as well go out and run! Big mistake. I hated it because I expected too much of myself right out of the box. I then started with simple Walk Away The Pounds videos. Listening to Leslie talk about the importance being just to keep moving, not to be like everybody else, really sank in, finally. I realized it was okay to go slow and then try to improve each time.
As the weight came off, I began challenging myself to more and more active things. I began lifting weights (which I love), and building strength allowed me to do more and more. I then got a bike (which I adore!) and started riding small rides each day. Over the last couple of years, I have really increased my bike mileage and I have a goal of a single day 100-mile ride this summer. The old Lori never would have even wanted to do that. Now I look forward to it.
Independence Day celebrates the freedom of our great country. Let it be inspiration to free yourself to do whatever it is that you want to do. You might be pretty surprised at what you are truly capable of when you give yourself a chance.
My New Ending on Instagram//Head Held High// Before I decided to take a break from this account I’d written a new blog post about a huge non-scale victory I’ve had recently. ✍🏻 It is posted now and there’s a link to it in my profile. . . . #mynewending #mneblog #holdyourheadup #youareworthit #nonscalevictory #weightloss #weightgain #healthylifestyle #emotionalhealth #mentalhealth #healthblogger #healthblog #em2wl #motherrunner #anothermotherrunner #dontquit #nevergiveup #onestepatatime #keepingitrealI’ve been a bit overwhelmed by scrolling through all the health advice and what is working for everyone and have decided this is what I need right now. 💙 Change requires patience as a person adapts to the new. As a person who has moved every 3-4 years for pretty much all my life I’m familiar with the process. However, it doesn’t always make it easy. 📚 I’ve heard much about this book, and finally decided it was time for me to read it. _______________________________ So, you won’t see me on here for a while, but I have not given up; in fact, my scale is trending downward (for those that follow me for my health journey.) I am continuing the fight...just in a slightly different way right now. 💞 Happy Autumn!//My favorite caffeinated mix in a new mug. // Recently I was asked if there is anything I absolutely won’t give up food-wise in my eating plan. —> My answer: Half n Half in my coffee. 🍶 _______________________________ I gave up flavored, sugar laden creamers years ago, but I will always make Half n Half fit into my food budget. 😍☕️ It’s worth it every time! . . . #nationalcoffeeday #mynewending #mneeats #starbucks #frenchroast #casicielo #seattlesbest #coffeelover #morningcoffee #bestpartofwakingup #afternooncoffee #itscoffeeoclock #darkroast #espresso #dopio #affogato #thisgirlrunsoncoffeeandjesus #sustainablehealth #healthychoices #myfavorite #weightloss #weightgain #planformaintenance #makingitwork #mylifeWe still do. 💍 Celebrating 23 years of marriage today! _______________________________ On September 24, 1995 we were young and didn’t know much about “adulting”, much less marriage, but one thing we did know was to put Jesus as the head of our home. We both agree that decision and every little decision afterwards to serve Jesus and work on our marriage are how we have made it this far. ❤️ Here’s to continuing to make those decisions ‘til death do us part. . . #westilldo #iloveus #marriageisworthfightingfor #mynewending #throughthickandthin #mybff #myanchor #healthylifestyle #truelovewaits #madeforeachother #marriage365 #onedayatatime #ichooselove #jesusfirst #healthyrelationships🍂Happy First Day of Fall!🍂 We got some nice cooler weather this evening here in Southern Texas today and I’m loving in! 🧡 . . PC: Random Autumn word art picture from Google search.Great sign, @hobbylobby !! 😂👌🏻🤣 I think I’d add this to my Christmas wish list for a little kitchen collage wall. 😍