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You've Come a Long Way Baby!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I'm sitting in my hotel room in Phoenix Arizona basking in the glow of personal accomplishment. Yesterday, I ran the first race of 2013 with two girlfriends that travelled here with me just to run a 10 k. Living in Idaho, it is difficult to train for a greater distance than that because you can only train on a treadmill and the snow! I ran the race in 55:00! A full 12 minutes faster than my first 10 k 7 months ago. I placed 96th overall out of 900 men and women, and 4th in the 40 to 45 women's group.

Last year at this time, I had only begun my weight loss journey and I hadn't even started running again. Now, here I am! When I look at that picture of me on the podium with my friends, I marvel at how small I look -- and not just short!

I CAN believe its me though. I've been there every step of the way!

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RUNNINGAL425 3/3/2013 10:14AM

    Yippee!! Congrats!!

It is a great thing to PR!!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Which to wear! What to do! Isn't this perplexing?

This is the beautiful wedding band I have worn for the last 5 years. I love it. It is like wearing my own disco ball around my finger! And it shows how much my husband loves me -- because he bought it for me because I was too heavy to wear the original wedding ring he gave me 21 years ago.

This is my original wedding ring. Eight years ago, I got a massive tibial plateau fracture (broken right below my knee) in a skiing accident. When I got to the hospital, they took my ring off of my finger for surgery. It took me eight years to get it back on my finger. Finally, this week, I wore it to church on Easter Sunday.
I have tried it on every so often since I started losing weight, and FINALLY it fits. And it comes off easily as well!
I was surprised to find how emotional my husband got when I slipped my wedding ring on and showed it to him.
I am a lucky girl!

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KARICALI 4/10/2012 9:11PM

    Yay!!!! Congratulations!!! That is a wonderful accomplishment. You should be very proud!! :)

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STELLA4561 4/10/2012 8:34PM

    That is SO sweet! Congratulations! Beautiful rings as well :)

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It Must Be Close to St. Patrick's Day 'Cause I'm A Lucky Girl!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

This morning, my husband asked me how far I have to go before I will call it good. I said that I really don't know. He is a doctor, so of course he asked me how much I have to lose to be at a healthy BMI. At 5'5" I can weigh at most 150 pounds. That is 28 pounds away. My wonderful husband then told me, "Well please don't go below that then. I have seen you super skinny and overweight. Don't go back to super skinny."

"Well fine," I'm thinking, "if you twist my arm!"

We have been married for almost 21 years, and have known each other since junior high school. He really has seen me all over the map. How lucky am I that he doesn't think I was at my prettiest when I was 17 and weighed 102 lbs!

I really am a lucky girl. I have learned that my husband loves me no matter what -- even obese and depressed. And today I learned that his idea of a perfect me is far better than my unobtainable idea of perfection. I think I will borrow his glasses and start looking at myself more the way he does. Apparently, he likes what he sees!

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    awwww this gave me a mushy smile!!! LoL. That's awesome, kudos to you for having a good man, and kudos to your good man for knowing what a woman he has ;).

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De Ja Vu Epiphany

Friday, July 15, 2011

Yes I know I have had this epiphany before -- many times. At almost 41 it is something I have known my whole life. Yet even I -- in a pinch -- lose sight of reality. This time is no different. The pinch is from my clothes as they become tighter because I have gained back some of the 40 pounds I fought so hard to lose. I panicked, and decided to try a fad diet -- the 17-day diet. Seventeen days of virtually nothing but protein. Uuuggghh.

I know now -- again -- with assurance, that God is right when he says that bread is the staff of life. I also know that there must be a disease of protein-induced psychosis. Because I felt psychotic. I have said this before, but never so publicly "never again." I know that the only way to be truly healthy is to eat a balanced diet, get enough exercise, sleep, and enjoy myself in healthy ways.

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DANCER1009 7/15/2011 11:25AM

    I have done "fad" diets for as long as I can remember to lose 5lbs here, 10lbs there for whatever event happened to be coming up. They never last and are horrible for your health. I recently joined SP on July 1st and am trying to train myself to live a more healthy lifestyle rather than be on a "DIET", it is a four letter word after all. This site/community is the most helpful and supportive healthy living motivation I have ever found. Glad you're here and good luck with your journey, have a great weekend :)

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