Revisiting the vision board

In a post here, I talked about the vision board I created prior to my Fittest Loser interview.

Here it is, in all its simple, no-frills, PowerPoint glory:

Now that I’ve been at this for about nine weeks, I thought it would be good to revisit the board and track my progress. Starting clockwise from top left, I wanted to:

  • Fit into my way-too-small bridesmaid dress for my brother-in-law and soon-to-be-sister-in-law’s wedding. Update: IT FITS!
  • Ride roller coasters without worrying about whether the chest harness will fit. Update: I’ve lost about 40 pounds since the last time I rode a roller coaster. The harness on that ride was very snug, but it fit. At 40 pounds down, it should fit a whole lot better. We shall see; I’ll be at Magic Kingdom and possibly Islands of Adventure in just over a month!
  • Shop at “regular” stores. Update: I’ve dropped two sizes and I’m close to a third. I’m wearing size 16 pants and size 16/18 dresses. One or two more sizes, and I’ll be able to shop at these stores. Can’t wait!
  • Lose enough weight to get my doctor’s approval to have a baby. Update: I DID IT! Two years ago, my amazing doctor addressed my weight issue in a very compassionate and caring way. At that time, he also mentioned that I’d need to lose 50 pounds to have a great chance at a healthy pregnancy. Today, I hit that 50-pound mark exactly. I am so happy and so proud. Much to my mom’s chagrin, that does not mean I’m about to have a bun in the oven. My husband is in school for another couple of years, and I want to reach the 100s and enjoy that lower weight for awhile!
  • Ride on an airplane without worrying about the person next to me dreading a two-hour ride next to the fat girl. Update: I could tell yesterday that I fit more comfortably in Wrigley Field’s teeny tiny seats. That should mean that the plane ride coming up on May 12 will be more comfortable for both me and my seat neighbor!
  • Go bathing suit shopping and not dread it. Update: We’ll soon see. My current bathing suits are too large and I need one for the Florida trip. Dress shopping was, surprisingly, a BLAST, so I’m hoping bathing suit shopping has improved slightly as well!
  • Run a 5K. Update: I’m running one on April 23. I recently ran two miles, so my fear level about the whole thing has gone down quite a bit. My mom and I are doing a practice run on the course this weekend. Looking forward to it!

So, that’s my progress. All in all, I’m thrilled with all the changes that have taken place in such a short time. Several people have written and said they recognize themselves in my situation, and I hope this helps them see that, if I can do it, anyone can. Life is yours for the taking. Remind yourself of your dreams every day, and go after them! Huge changes might be just nine weeks away.


About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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3 Responses to Revisiting the vision board

  1. Sam says:

    Hey, I just found your blog and wanted to say hi! I added you to my google reader and read through your whole blog, and you are doing fantastic! You are great motivation to me 🙂

  2. heather says:

    ummm Picture of you in the bridesmaid dress please!:)

  3. Melissa says:

    I totally missed this post when you posted it – I cannot say over and over how excited I am watching this. 🙂 Maybe I need a vision board…

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