Jill’s Before and After

More proof that positive changes yield positive results.  My friend, Jill, has lost 62 pounds over the last 7 months.  Here is a “before” picture and her current picture.

I’m very proud of Jill and I want to brag on her.  She has been determined and dedicated to her new, healthy lifestyle.  It’s been great  to both support her and to receive support from her.  Jill has even motivated her husband to make positive changes… and he has lost 10 pounds!

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In her own words:

I THOUGHT my weight loss journey began in my late 20s. I had my first child, and not unlike a lot of women, bounced right back afterward, with very little effort. About 3 years later, I went through a rough (to be nice) divorce, and lost about 20 more pounds. I weighed about what I did right out of college. That was good. Then I met my current husband. I knew he was the “one,” and gosh we were happy! Well, weight gain seem to follow ALL the happiness. It crept up slowly, 20 pounds, then another 30. But, I was…….so happy, in love, and “OK” with my looks.

Five years and another 5-10 pounds later, I found out that we were expecting. In my mind, I was overweight, but not unhealthy!
The midwife explained to me that gaining more than about 25 pounds would not be good for me or the baby. Then I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Wait! What? I’m not THAT overweight! Although, the charts stated in black and white that I was obese at 5’5 1/2 inches, and 196 pounds. My top weight was 222 pounds the day I delivered our baby girl.

My follow-up blood work indicated that I was still diabetic. I had it repeated about a month later (I was in total denial), and it was the high side of normal, but NORMAL! Yeah, I had just dodged that bullet! I was told by my doctor that that my chances of developing Type II diabetes were 75% greater, if I didn’t lose weight. One doctor even suggested lap band surgery!! WOW, that hit me hard!

Fast forward 4 years, and I still hadn’t lost any weight, but, hey, I hadn’t really gained any either. I was starting a diet pretty much every Monday. I had done it ALL…….diet pills, drinks, HCG…..then, one day, an acquaintance invited me to attend a Weight Watchers meeting with her. No, I was not offended, nor did I feel judged. She just made me feel included. Besides, she wasn’t asking me to do anything she wasn’t doing. Before I over thought it, or came up with an excuse, I agreed to join her at the next meeting. I am so glad I did!

It was then, that my true weight loss journey began (October 23, 2013). I lost 58 pounds (205# to 146.8#) on Weight Watchers in 6 months! This girl that had invited me to join WW to begin with, has become one of my best friends, and partner in health. We have both met our goals, and it feels awesome! I never knew how miserable I felt, until I didn’t…I have also met so many awesome people through this journey, people I call friends.  I am forever grateful, and blessed.

 

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Quite Possibly the Funniest Running Race Poster

During a marathon relay this morning with some friends, I passed this couple.   I’ve seen many-a-cheerleading-sign while running races these last couple of years, but this wins the prize!  It necessitated me back pedaling, finding my phone and snapping this pic.

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The man, who was obviously a good sport, admitted he was cold. Temps were in the 40s… BRRRRRR!

And doing my part to help keep him covered, I ran away as fast as I could!

Monogrammed Kitchen Towel Giveaway!

Perfect for cleaning the kitchen after preparing a healthy meal!

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Monogrammed Kitchen Towel Giveaway

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3 Years and 13.1 Miles Later

Three years ago this weekend, I walked in a 5K.  A group from our neighborhood went to the event, with several of the friends participating in the half marathon.  I speed-walked the 5K.  It was challenging.  I finished, but I walked as fast as I could and didn’t have much of anything left to give by the end.

Three years ago (2nd from left):

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This past weekend, a small group from our neighborhood made a return trip to this same race.  This time, however, I ran the half marathon.

Same beach, this year:

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The race is completely confined to a state park containing tall trees, beautiful beaches and cold waters still filled with mini-icebergs.  The hills were challenging, but empowering.  With about a quarter of a mile before the end, we rounded a bend and caught sight of the finish line.

Unexpectedly, my eyes welled up and I burst into tears.  The woman running next to me, thinking I was faltering, turned to me with encouragement.  “You’ve got this!  You can do it!”  Indeed I could.  I wasn’t faltering.  My tears were from the realization that three years ago, I was standing in that very place watching and cheering for others.  I was on the sideline.  Now I’m in the game.

Wherever you find yourself today or wherever you’re hoping to go, take small steps in that direction.  Before you know it, you’ll look back and be surprised by how far you’ve come!  You CAN do it!