Thursday, May 14, 2009

So proud.


These pictures were taken less than 2 months apart. The top one was taken at the very end of March and the second one was taken on Sunday. I want to publicly tell Chip how proud I am of his efforts and willpower as he continues to make his health a top priority in his life. His efforts are paying off in many ways, and I just want to recognize his hard work!
Chip has lost more than 20 pounds in the past several weeks and that is obvious. He has a goal set for himself, but in the meantime I am just so proud of how good he feels and how well he has embraced the changes he has made in his life. His diet isn't anything "special", except in most part he chooses healthy food options, eats smaller portions and still eats a few treats now and then. Only those treats are things like 100 calorie ice cream bars or one cookie instead of a small handful. In addition to eating and snacking healthy, he has been intentional about working out and exercising. It wasn't easy the first few times, but even in the last week or so I have seen him "want" to exercise! That's a major change for him- he has gone biking in the evening instead of watching tv. He has put workout sessions into the schedule of his day and he has stuck to that schedule.
I think it's something to be proud of. I hope he knows I support his health choices fully. I know changing bad habits and altering one's lifestyle is never easy. But when you believe you are worth it, take small, intentional steps in the right direction each day, don't get discouraged when you take a step or two back and start really feeling and noticing the results of your hard work, well that is just something to celebrate. But maybe not with a big piece of cake smothered in buttercream, but rather a round of golf or a bowl of fresh berries. Or both. =)
If you are working towards a goal or overcoming obstacles in your own life, I hope you know you are worth it, and I wish you all the best as you challenge yourself and sacrifice things in order to become more of who you want to be. And remember, everyday is a new day full of opportunities and choices- make them count!

9 comments:

Lauren Kelly said...

Each day I love your blog more and more! I find such encouragement in it and through your words, and thank you for that!!! Can we have a cup of coffee together sometime?? hahaha!!! :)

Adrienne said...

I needed this today, Jody! I am sitting here eating sauteed spinach and scrambled eggs with a piece of whole wheat toast...thanking God He gave me the strength to choose those over the 6 inch round amazing chocolate chip cookie I had for breakfast yesterday! Seriously, I have a goal in the next few months and watching "Biggest Loser" and reading here what Chip is up to is inspiring:) Thanks for spurring me on! Ade xoxox

Jackie said...

Thank you, Jody, for this post.
I needed to hear these words.

Lisa A said...

Chip is looking great, Chip and Crew look so much alike, as the saying goes, Like Father Like Son.

Heather from Ontario Canada said...

Go CHIP go !!! You are doing incredible.... keep up the good work.

darcie said...

Perfect timing...I am so desperately trying to change myself into the person I used to be - well, sort of...I somewhere along the way (after giving birth to two kids in 14 months) lost some confidence in myself thanks to this weight I'm carrying around - I'm trying to take baby steps...but Lord knows it ain't easy! ;)
Thanks for the inspiration!

wife.mom.nurse said...

What a wonderful wife you are and a blessing to your awesome hubby!

Congrats to Chip. Cheers to his good health!

~Julie

Anonymous said...

My husband has been doing the same thing. I should probably write him something to let him know how proud I am of him. He has lost 70+ pounds in the last 17 weeks or so! He still has a long way to go, but it's not an easy task and he is doing awesome! Thanks for the wonderful post, as always!
Emily in Iowa

Veronica said...

God bless a change in focus! It is giving Chip great benefits of all kinds! both now and later!