Janelle Brown: Out with the Old, In with the New

05/20/2013

01-janelle-weight-loss-blogJanelle Brown of Sister Wives is Kody's second wife. Follow along on her journey forward to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

This week marks the 1-year anniversary of when I began my fitness journey in earnest. And while I am definitely not to my end destination, I have marked some pretty significant milestones. I really don’t think I could have imagined how much difference just taking some time to take care of myself would make in my life.

It does seem like I am on a clothes theme lately. Just this week, it became time to really look at my closet and weed out clothes that didn’t fit me any longer. I have always been one of those who kept several different sizes of clothes in my closet because cause my history told me that I could very well be back into those clothes again. But this time, everything went, except a few items that I will eventually try on again for those before and after pictures. It was a purging. I realized I no longer feel the need to hold onto the “just in case” clothes. The way I think about exercise and my health has altered so dramatically.

I have shared several of the physical milestones with you all in this blog, but I also believe I have truly made some permanent lifestyle changes. Am I still a work in progress? I can say without a doubt: YES. Do I still have my freak-out moments and lose control of my eating until I get my head? Absolutely! But I have fundamentally changed, to no one’s greater surprise than my own. I now need my workout or I am not sane – ask my children. When I am in a dark moment and having that second serving of something because someone said something awful to me, it as if I can see myself in a temporary place. Sure, I’d love to evolve to where those moments don’t go down that way, but the key for me is that I now perceive it as temporary instead of a return to the normal routine.

In this wardrobe purging, some of the standbys that still fit or weren’t size-dependent -- like shoes -- went, too. I wondered why I was so OK to part with some of these old favorites and it dawned on me. In a lot of ways I feel like I am a new person and the old clothes and styles just didn’t seem to pertain anymore. It is like I am changing identities. I am definitely still me, but different somehow.

There is still much work to be done. I know this. But I want to encourage you to take some today to sit back and appreciate your own milestones and anniversaries. Tomorrow it’s time to get back to work.

Get updates from Janelle on Twitter @JanelleBrown117 and @TLC!

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Sister Wives explores the lives of Kody Brown and his four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn. Join Janelle and Robyn Brown as they blog about the ins and outs of their lives as sister wives.
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