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Announcement 2- Getting Healthy, A lifestyle Change

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Okay, so this post is a bit harder for me to write. So I’m attempting to rip the band-aid off and let it all out there.

Since Jason and I met, I gained a lot of weight. Just about all of it started from when we began our photography business together, and continued over the past 5 years. Now, when I say alot- I mean A LOT. Over the past 5 years I gained 95 pounds, topping off at 269 in July. Most of it was due to stress, the lack of exercise, and my nightly ‘editing fuel’ (chocolate!!). I was holding myself accountable for being detail oriented about everything except for myself and my body. A change needed to happen.

We realized that it wasn’t a diet we needed, nor nixing specific foods.  We needed a lifestyle change. A slow withdrawal. Instead of viewing it as things that we could no longer eat- we viewed it as all of the things we can eat more of. I needed to stop being tired all of the time. We needed to break up with sugar.

In September, we slowly cut out those 10pm editing chocolate bars that were like crack to me. (Those who will not be named, though I have provided a link.)

On December 4th, 2 days after we got back from working in Mexico- we broke up with sugar. He was like a a bad boyfriend- and I was smittenly addicted to him.

The first week was the hardest, it was like having withdrawal from a drug- I essentially would go to bed whenever it got dark out and sleep through (or cry through) the migraine strength headaches. But 2 weeks later, it was like a switch turned off. Sugar realized that I dumped him, and he backed off.

I’m slightly terrified with this whole lifestyle change, but I feel amazing at the same time. I am now down 27.4 pounds. Jason is down 26.2 pounds, and he broke up with his other girlfriend- Diet Coke.

I am writing this on our blog so that I can be held accountable.  People now know, so we kind of have to do it. Essentially, I need you guys to delete text messages any time my ex-boyfriend, Sugar, texts, and block his number.  Bittersweet indeed. Pun pun pun.

So goodbye Chocolate, Bread, Rice, Noodles, and Soda. Farewell sugar. I look forward to the other 67.6 pounds meeting you someday on the other side. This kind of correlates with my New Years Resolution (though, I’m not one for resolutions normally), which is to let my wonderful husband, a photographer, actually take photos of me. Here’s to 2015 and a “Hello” to Hangover Salad at Bite Cafe, spinach quiche, cauliflower puree, kale chips, peanut butter, pan roasted trout, red cabbage bean salad, and everything else I can focus on eating more of.  : )

Posted by Ela
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