I can not believe how fast a year goes by. Over the past, short year my life has changed dramatically! Exactly 1 year ago today, I walked into Weight Watchers scared to death, reluctant and hopeless. I was in extremely poor health. High blood pressure, borderline high cholesterol and probably one donut away from diabetes. I couldn't even walk up the stairs in my house without becoming winded and needing a break before I carried on with whatever I needed to get done. I was very lazy. A regular couch potato. I never, ever exercised. I had horrific eating habits and could easily eat fast food for every meal. I was also afraid of everything. I would make up an excuse to skip school functions for my kids because I just couldn't stand having people stare at me. I would get to a destination early just so I could circle around looking for the closest spot to park in. I had become accustomed to my limited movement and maximum appetite. I would watch weight loss t.v. shows (while sitting on my butt with a junk food) wishing that could be me, but never dreaming it could be. I had even contimplated surgery. That was before I walked through those doors of my first meeting at Weight Watchers.
What a difference a year makes. 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days. That's all it took for me to completely change my life and become a new person. I never thought in a million years that I would be blogging 1 year later with a 156 pounds lost and a near perfect bill of health. No more blood pressure and labs are great! I have gained so much more during these past few months than I ever thought possible. I have gained confidence, power, strength but most importantly I am more healthy today than I have been in 20 years. The outlook I have on life is so bright. This life is better than the woman I was could have imagined or dreamed, watching other people living their lives and wishing it could be me. It is me. I am still amazed at how I can easily walk anywhere without pain and shortness of breath. I have so much energy, I can hardly sit still. I am always up and moving. My body craves it. My willpower is so strong. I can easily pass on junk food and I use food for fuel rather than pleasure and never over eat. I no longer get stares or whispers. People treat me like everyone else, no longer feeling sorry for me.
I have so many people to thank for helping me get through this past year. My friends and family have been a catalyst to my success. All of their encouragement and love pushed me through the more difficult days and gave me the boost I needed every week to continue success. I will continue to take you all with me as I keep this journey going and look forward to my new, long life with you in my corner. I am blessed and lucky and I love you all from the bottom of my heart.
Cheers to life!