Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hit my Lifetime Goal today!

Wow....where to begin?!?!?! I am so, so happy that I was able to keep my weight under my goal and earned my Lifetime status with Weight Watchers today. I never imagined that I had it in me to stick with this, and I'm proud of myself for not giving up.

January 10, 2011 is the date when I decided to take that big step towards changing my life - that was the first Weight Watchers meeting I attended. It took a lot for me to make that decision, and while I wish I had joined a long time ago I have to believe there was a reason for starting when I did. If I had started earlier I might not have had the best leader imaginable. Laura really knows how so many of us think and feel when battling our weight. She's there to praise us, and to pick us up when we stumble. When I had to switch meeting days so I could join the Dick Pond Walk2Run group, the first thing I did was see which meetings Laura led so I could go to one of those. I am so thankful for everything she's done to help me.

And I can't forget to thank all of my friends and family that have put up with me this past year :). I know this has kind of consumed me, but never once has anyone told me to get over it already. I promise that I'll settle down....eventually!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

So much to be thankful for

It's hard to believe we're already at Thanksgiving! 2011 has flown by, and it's amazing how much has changed this year.

I'm thankful for so many things....
  • A good job that I enjoy
  • A warm home for my family
  • Never having to worry about where the next meal will come from
  • Living in a wonderful community
  • Having a healthy, happy family
  • My wonderful friends and family members who keep me sane
I'm also so thankful for the changes I've made in my life, and the support I've received from everyone around me. This time last year, I was 187 lbs. I hardly ever exercised, and there is no way on God's green earth that you would catch me running. But as I volunteered at the Fox and the Turkey 4 miler in Batavia last year, I had a moment where I realized I had to do something about my lifestyle. I saw people of all shapes, sizes and ages, and I thought to myself "if they can do it, then I have no excuse". It did take me another month or so before I actually became serious about it.

A year ago, I don't even know if I could have run 4 blocks. Today I ran (and finished!) 4 miles, and feel incredible! What a way to start out this day! I got to run with a great friend, and I saw so many others on the course and afterwards. My brother also ran it, and did a fabulous job. He's so much faster than me, so we don't run together. But I love knowing that he's there, and then I have someone else to cheer me on at the finish.

So to everyone who reads this - thank you for all of your support, and continuing to cheer me on. You have no idea how much it means to me.