Thursday, August 2, 2007

Six months

Today is a special day. Six months ago, I plucked up the courage and walked through the door of my local Weight Watchers. Shortly thereafter I picked up the March/April issue of the Weight Watchers magazine. In the issue was an article about how to make changes stick. I read it, and re-read it, and never forgot one of the "secrets" the article revealed: patience.

It said the average amount of time people would stick with something before going back to their previous habits was 3 to 6 months. But, after 6 months, they were more apt to stick with it. I did as the article suggested and promised to myself that I'd make it to 6 months.

I kept that promise and today I hardly recognize myself. I feel fitter, I look better, and I'm prouder. It was a hard promise to keep and I often had my doubts, but it got easier and more of a habit as time went on. Which is what, I suppose, the article was saying. Stick with it long enough and you'll do it by rote.

Though I was going to post a generic inspirational image to mark this day, I thought it more fitting to post another set of progress pics to illustrated just how far 6 months can take you. Here's to another six months. I've stuck to it until now, and I'll stick to it through to goal.

Left: Christmas 2006, 204 lbs
Right: August 2007, 173 lbs
(and yes, that's a Wii controller in my hand)


Lynn said...

WOW!!! You look great and the change is really apparent, especially in your face! Keep up your hard work and here's to the next 6 months!

angelafurniss said...

Way to go! You are looking amazing!

Jenera Healy said...

You look like a completely different woman! Congratulations on all you've accopmlished.

Stephanie_Hello said...

Congratulations! you look great!!!

keep up the good work!

Amuldoon said...

You look amazing! :)

PS- Great blog!

marie said...

congrats! you look great!

Sonya said...

WOWOWOWOWWOW, What a change! Congrats to you and keep up the great work!

You just gave me that little push I needed to keep going - Thanks!

Kitty said...

You look fantastic - congrats to you. All the hard days are worth it when you get progress photos like that!!!

Shannon said...

That is amazing! Good job!