Family Life · Weight Loss

Texas Is Home

I have lived as a Texan for Seven Months as of today! That seems so crazy. I still feel like such a newbie. I still get lost almost every time I go into Austin. I still find myself asking “WHY?!” when I run into traffic (you can laugh….Im ok with it.) I still have this conflict of wanting to eat fried chicken or tacos again—tacos wins. I must say, that I am finally learning some back roads. I am finding some of my drives comforting. Like, they’re home. The sun sets make my eyes tear up again because “Thats what the sunset looks like where I live” and I get this sense of pride for the land God has given to me. I have made some new friends that challenge me, inspire me and love me. I am slowly being made new and I am starting to like it.

Another new….

Today was my fitness test day. Which means, I compare my measurements from today with those of day 1 in September of 2016. I compare how many sprawls (the devils idea, I am sure), wall squats, superwoman’s, and about 6 other torturous things I can do today,  with what I could do when I first started. I was mostly pleased! You wanna know what I got? TEN PERCENT body fat GONE since September of 2016! Six months of my butt getting handed to me over and over! You want to know where most of that fat melted from? My boobs.

Let that sink in a little…..

Yup, you read that correctly. I said BOOBS! Just kidding though…kind of. I did loose a lot of my boobs guys.

Mourn with me a little….😢

But, I also lost good amounts all around. Cool right?! I can always add more boobs! I can’t add health to my life. For that, I am thankful. Im not saying I’m going to get boobs you guys! I’m just saying its a possibility.

Every New Year I hear people saying “New Year, New Me!” I never really felt like I got a “New me.” This year, however, I do feel new. I am a new person. I am a Texan, I am healthier, I am living life like I have never lived before. I am taking steps of faith, real faith and trusting God with the outcome. He has never left me hopeless or wanting. I am going to share some new pictures with you. The numbers are in! Time for a new “Photo Shoot.” Same swimsuit as before, same place as before, still not model material but totally me. The new me. Stay tuned for the big reveal!

Be brave friends and enjoy this glimpse into our new Tribe!

 

-Enid Jones

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Weight Loss

Progress

Ok, it’s about to get real up here people! I went back and forth with posting this. It’s really personal and I am putting myself out there! If there is a chance that someone will feel inspired and motivated, then I decided it’s worth it.

Weight loss has been a struggle my whole life. Since I was old enough to understand english and what doctors where saying, I have been told that I am over weight. I grew up hating my body. I tried to lose weight all through my Jr. High and High School years. I was athletic, but I was never “Skinny” or as “Beautiful” as my peers. I would go days without eating (I know its sad!) and then when I would eat, I would only allow myself a single pop and a single snack size bag of chips! Crazy, I know! But, I just didn’t know any better.

Then in my adult life, I decided I was going to try and lose the weight again. But, I was going to be “Healthy” about it. Again, I had no idea and I was not diabetic yet. Looking back the only healthy thing I did was buy actual butter and go for a long walk every now and then. Ridiculous!

Then I got married and pregnant. This is where Diabetes made its debut into my life. About 5 months into my pregnancy, I found out I was diabetic. I was shocked but not totally surprised. I had heard, on and off my whole life that if I didn’t “Take care of myself” that this would happen eventually. Now it was here. I tried to manage it but it was easier said than done. Long story short, I had a healthy baby boy 2 weeks early, then got pregnant again 4 months later. Diabetes was there to congratulate me and I gained a ton of weight! After my daughter was born I battled post postpartum depression. It took me months and in some ways years, to gather myself together again. I did it! But only with the help of doctors, family and friends.

After all that mess, I finally decided I needed to accept my body and myself. I needed to learn to LOVE myself just as I was. I was loved after all. I had a good life. So, I started that journey. I came to a point where I felt “content” with my body. Except on Black Friday, when I would meet my nemesis, the Kohl’s store mirrors! Ha!

If I was really honest with myself, which I wasn’t, I would have seen, that I was just brushing my deep seeded issue under the rug. I needed to lose the weight, but in the most loving way. I needed to do it BECAUSE I loved me. I needed to do it because I LOVED my family and wanted to live as long as possible, as far as I could control. I came to THAT point recently. I decided I was going to take the plunge and invest in my health. For me, for the love of me, for the love of my family. For the Glory of God, I wanted to get in the BEST shape I have ever been in MY WHOLE LIFE!

So, here I am. Four months in, two fitness challenges under my belt. I am stronger than ever. I am slowly making progress. How much weight have I lost? Well, not much according the scale. But, if you want to touch my thigh as I just casually stand, you will quickly realize, I could send you to the ground in one swift kick! Like a ninja donkey! Ka-pow!

Below, I have added a few pictures of me after my first 6 week challenge, back in November of 2016. It’s not the prettiest. I certainly don’t expect to be contacted by any major beauty magazines. But, it’s me. It’s my body. It’s my temple. It’s where my babies where formed. It’s what has carried my soul through this life! So, I do love it. I do feel good in my skin, for once!

Does any of this hit home with you? Do you feel like you’ve been on a weight-loss journey that has been full of ups and downs….more downs? I would love to hear your stories below! Let’s help cheer each other on to victories!

Love, Peace and Victories!

-Enid

 

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Uncategorized · Weight Loss

In The Beginning

Ok, it’s about to get real up here people! I went back and forth with posting this. It’s really personal and I am putting myself out there! If there is a chance that someone will feel inspired and motivated, then I decided it’s worth it.

Weight loss has been a struggle my whole life. Since I was old enough to understand english and what doctors where saying, I have been told that I am over weight. I grew up hating my body. I tried to lose weight all through my Jr. High and High School years. I was athletic, but I was never “Skinny” or as “Beautiful” as my peers. I would go days without eating (I know its sad!) and then when I would eat, I would only allow myself a single pop and a single snack size bag of chips! Crazy, I know! But, I just didn’t know any better.

Then in my adult life, I decided I was going to try and lose the weight again. But, I was going to be “Healthy” about it. Again, I had no idea and I was not diabetic yet. Looking back the only healthy thing I did was buy actual butter and go for a long walk every now and then. Ridiculous!

Then I got married and pregnant. This is where Diabetes made its debut into my life. About 5 months into my pregnancy, I found out I was diabetic. I was shocked but not totally surprised. I had heard, on and off my whole life that if I didn’t “Take care of myself” that this would happen eventually. Now it was here. I tried to manage it but it was easier said than done. Long story short, I had a healthy baby boy 2 weeks early, then got pregnant again 4 months later. Diabetes was there to congratulate me and I gained a ton of weight! After my daughter was born I battled post postpartum depression. It took me months and in some ways years, to gather myself together again. I did it! But only with the help of doctors, family and friends.

After all that mess, I finally decided I needed to accept my body and myself. I needed to learn to LOVE myself just as I was. I was loved after all. I had a good life. So, I started that journey. I came to a point where I felt “content” with my body. Except on Black Friday, when I would meet my nemesis, the Kohl’s store mirrors! Ha!

If I was really honest with myself, which I wasn’t, I would have seen, that I was just brushing my deep seeded issue under the rug. I needed to lose the weight, but in the most loving way. I needed to do it BECAUSE I loved me. I needed to do it because I LOVED my family and wanted to live as long as possible, as far as I could control. I came to THAT point recently. I decided I was going to take the plunge and invest in my health. For me, for the love of me, for the love of my family. For the Glory of God, I wanted to get in the BEST shape I have ever been in MY WHOLE LIFE!

So, here I am. Four months in, two fitness challenges under my belt. I am stronger than ever. I am slowly making progress. How much weight have I lost? Well, not much according the scale. But, if you want to touch my thigh as I just casually stand, you will quickly realize, I could send you to the ground in one swift kick! Like a ninja donkey! Ka-pow!

Below, I have added a few pictures of me after my first 6 week challenge, back in November of 2016. It’s not the prettiest. I certainly don’t expect to be contacted by any major beauty magazines. But, it’s me. It’s my body. It’s my temple. It’s where my babies where formed. It’s what has carried my soul through this life! So, I do love it. I do feel good in my skin, for once!

Does any of this hit home with you? Do you feel like you’ve been on a weight-loss journey that has been full of ups and downs….more downs? I would love to hear your stories below! Let’s help cheer each other on to victories!

Love, Peace and Victories!

-Enid

 

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