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I'm In The Lost and Found

I'm In The Lost and Found

I've always been a big girl.  And for as long as I can remember I haven't been happy about it.  I know I'm not alone in this struggle.  Man, when I think back on all of the things I did to try losing weight...  I've done "freestyle" plans like The Cabbage Soup Diet and the Mayo Clinic Diet to more structured plans like Trim 4 Life, NutriSystem and Jenny Craig.  I've belonged to Elaine Powers (y'all don't know NOTHIN' about that!!), Curves, and Powerhouse Gym.  

I've lost weight before.  Twenty pounds here - ten pounds there.  But, I always gained it back with a bonus  Over the years I have dealt with aches and pains - especially my knees - and high blood pressure among other chronic health issues.  But last year I found myself at my highest weight and I heard my doctor telling me I was prediabetic.  Like other times, I was moved to make some changes, but this time I was fully committed.  It was literally like something clicked inside of me and I knew that if I wanted to be around to enjoy what was rest of my life I had to do something different.  

This photo was taken on January 15, 2018 - my first day of Weight Watchers.

This photo was taken on January 15, 2018 - my first day of Weight Watchers.

On January 15, 2018 I decided to join Weight Watchers - again.  Their program had changed, but more importantly, I had changed.  I was ready.  I was determined and dedicated to not only lose weight, but t get healthy.  I had been working with my personal trainer Sydni, I call her my Fitness Boo, for a long time before I joined Weight Watchers.  So I had everything I needed in place to get it done and be successful.

Me - with my Fitness Boo!

Me - with my Fitness Boo!

Since January 15, I have lost more than 50 pounds (actually 52 as I type this).  I could not be more proud of the weight I lost, but I'm actually more excited about what I have found:

  • My Voice - I'm finding that losing weight has given me more confidence all the way around. I'm recognizing my feelings and voicing them more readily. Somehow shedding some pounds has removed some of the fear I felt about speaking up for myself. This is a feeling of freedom that warms me from the inside out.

  • My Light - This newfound passion for taking care of and loving myself has truly ignited something inside of me which seems to be visible in everything I do. Some of the most beautiful compliments I've gotten have to do with me looking happy or glowing. And I love it!

  • My Tribe - People everywhere have been cheering me on! I share my journey to inspire and motivate and that is exactly what's been happening. When I am out and about talking to people, the love and support I'm getting to continue moving forward is truly humbling. Even those I may not know well stop to share a kind word or to tell me how proud they are of me. There's no other feeling like it.

The photo on the left was 1/25/18 and the one on the right was 8/20/18.

The photo on the left was 1/25/18 and the one on the right was 8/20/18.

Losing this first fifty pounds has not been easy, but it has been beyond worthwhile and fulfilling.  I can't wait to see what experiences the rest of my journey brings.  

 

I'll Never Be The Same

I'll Never Be The Same