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What a difference a year can make!

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Well here I am. I'm a year old now! A year old in my journey to good health, a longer life an a strong body! That's right, as of May 12th it's been one year since I made the choice to drop the weight and live life to the fullest...so...what's happened in this year? Let's re-cap a bit shall we?!

Last May it hit me...what had I let myself become?! I will never forget the moment I realized my weight was totally out of control. Bryant said "Why don't you put your seat belt on" and I replied "I can't, it won't fit around me." He said, as sweetly as possible "Well, maybe you should get one of those seat belt extenders?" WHAT...NO WAY...AN EXTENDER...No way am I THAT fat...am I? Yes I was. I could not believe it had come to that point. I was embarrassed and ashamed, how could I have taken such poor care of my one and only temple? My very vessel and being...I was destroying it.

When I went to the doctor 3 days later on May 12th, 2009 I was a very tight size 26 and a whopping 285 pounds. I said "Doc, I'm fat and I need help...what can I do, HELP A SISTA OUT"! So, he told me to keep a food journal for 2 weeks and come back and see him then. So I did. And at the end of the 2 weeks he looked at my journal, smiled and said, "It's time to change, I want you to only eat 1200 calories a day and to slowly start moving, exercising, SOMETHING..JUST MOVE!" So I shook his hand and agreed that I would. So I did! I used sparkpeople.com to be my calorie counting friend, and it was the most helpful tool I could have asked for, what an amazing web site, so much support, info, just everything I needed! After about a month of just counting calories I noticed the weight started to come off! I was AMAZED to find the amount of calories I HAD been taking in prior to my watching them...you think your being healthy sometimes only to find how wrong you are! Then after a few weeks...I started moving, I started push mowing my yard once a week, have you seen my yard...IT'S HUGE...then the weight started coming off faster! In August of 2009 I found Zumba! A GODSEND! I started going to Zumba twice a week and continued to mow the lawn once a week while the months were warm. The weight just kept melting away!!! Why had I not done this YEARS ago? Why had I waited so long? I was just stuck in a state of not caring, a state of contentment...not a good place to let yourself dwell for too long.

So now, a year later, I find that I have learned more than I ever though possible on this adventure. I have loved learning about food, learning new recipes and ways to cook, watching my body develop muscles, seeing my puffy face smooth out, not feeling fat rolls touch, realizing that my pain in my back and knees and ankles was slowly going away...my entire world has started morphing! It's incredible! It's been 1 full year since I have stepped foot in a Taco Bell...ONE YEAR...I have beat my weakness!!! I don't need that junk! NONE OF IT! I still eat what I want, don't get me wrong, life is too short to deprive yourself of good food...I just make it myself now, and if I DO go out to eat, I get the healthiest option available! I'm just smart about things now...things that never really concerned me before! I feel good...all over...everything is shifting mentally to a very positive plane!

Incredible what can happen in a year! In only 365 days I have gone from a near size 28 to a near size 18, from 285 pounds to about 225 pounds, from an embarrassed and low self esteemed individual to a confident buoyant young woman! What a difference a year has made! I. FEEL. GRRREAT! I do, even though I know I have a long way to go still...I know I"m going to get there, I know I can do it...I can do ANYTHING I put my mind too, anyone can! You want something? Then go get it! You want to be something? Then go be it! You have one life, one run at this in your current vessel, just one...what are you doing with it? Are you living it up to the best of your ability or are you letting yourself waste away? Are you taking care of yourself or abusing your very being? Whatever it is you want to do, want do be, where ever you want to go in life...go grab that dream and make it real. Start setting your goals, start small...but start reaching for them. Don't just sit back and let life pass you by, don't just sit there wasting away your days watching TV, don't go out every day with your bad attitude, look inside yourself and change your mindset. Know that you not only are what you eat...most importantly you are what you THINK and what you SAY. Change your mindset. Change your habits. YOU CAN DO IT. Find the good in yourself, in your surroundings, in other people. Everyday you should strive to be just a little bit better. Where are your dreams? Where are your desires and goals? Where did you leave them? It's never to late to pick them back up...your not getting any younger friends...be that person you always wanted to be! And I vow, if your ever in need of a good word, an encouraging boost, anything, I"m here for you...we all need to lift each other up, to pat each other on the back, to pick one another up when one of us gets down. Love yourself, love your neighbors, love your body, your earth, love your spiritual self, really look inside and fall in love with the person you are...and if you are looking in and find in your search for the love within something in you that you don't like...simply get rid of it! LIke cutting the bad spot out of an apple...just get rid of it! YOU CAN DO IT. I know you can!

I can't wait to see what the next 365 days are going to bring for me! I"m not stopping, I'm in it for the long run, I'm busting out of my fat shell and blooming into the person God intended me to be! One individual, one person, just little ol me, making this much of a difference! And you know what?! This spark that I have...it's spreading! Your spark will too! I have a good handful of wonderful friends that come to Zumba with me now, and it's been even more rewarding watching THEM get in shape and feel good, to see that lost confidence shine in their faces, my heart burns with a desire that it never felt before. What an amazing infection to spread around...the infection of positivity, healing and well being. Imagine how this will trickle down the pipes, as their spark spreads to those they know and so on and so on! Get your spark on and spread it around!!! Good times, good times!

This little light of mine, I'm ganna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shiiiiine! Shine on people, have a beautiful day, and thinks for reading my blurp about my successful year in my healthy adventure!

All you need is love,

Yvette
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JULIEBITES 9/30/2011 1:09PM

    emoticon for sharing this. It is just the motivation I needed today!

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LIGHTHOUSE0403 12/26/2010 11:33AM

  So happy for you~~ emoticon

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DR1939 12/26/2010 9:10AM

    emoticon I, too, had the seat belt moment. Airplane seats were the most embarrassing. And mowing the lawn is such good exercise. You walk, get fresh air, and do something productive!

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777DAY 8/6/2010 8:23PM

  This year WILL be better! You will do it!I have no doubt. You go sparky. One pound, one day, one month, one year and you will be there. Just think of what will be yours!

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CHARLIESDARLING 7/17/2010 3:21AM

  Really inspirational and a great attitude. Has made me more determined than ever to keep going and get rid of the weight. Thanks.

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LIZZYLIZARD03 6/22/2010 2:06PM

    What a wonderful piece of writing! You said it all, I couldn't agree with you more! Thank you so much for sharing; you are an inspiration emoticon

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SIZE9OR10 6/13/2010 9:59PM

    AMEN

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SUSANAT2 6/13/2010 8:37PM

    Awesome blog....I am so impressed..

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SUZANNENICOLE 6/13/2010 8:34PM

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Thank u for sharing with us your success! It's really encouraging to me.

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PRETTYATLAST 6/10/2010 1:56PM

    You are such an inspiration!!! I really needed to read this today! Thanks for the motivation.

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RIKADOL 6/10/2010 12:14PM

    Those were great words to read as well as the encouragement I needed to hear! Thanks SO MUCH for sharing this with all of us!

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LESLEY719 6/10/2010 11:03AM

    Congratulations!!! I loved your blog!! It was soo wonderful and inspring!!! THANKS so much for sharing!!!

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JQZFY348 6/9/2010 8:54PM

  You Rock

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MOMMY2KB 6/9/2010 3:36PM

    I now can't wait for next year and I can say...Hey I lost weight, I feel great, you can do this to!

Thank you for making me feel like I can do this too.

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REDSKNU2 6/9/2010 1:34PM

    Congratulations on your journey and continued success! I am starting just a few pounds lower than you did, and this is Week One of a new beginning! I can't even SEE 365 days from now, but you are an inspiration to see what it may bring! Shine ON!

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CLAIRESML 6/9/2010 1:16PM

    I just finished one year on sparkpeople as well. I lost 30 pounds and am feeling great. Congrats to you and much continued success!

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AMBERLEEH 6/9/2010 12:47PM

    Congratulations on your wonderful success! You motivate and make me beleive I too can do this, I too can achieve my dreams! Thank you!

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LAURA9021 6/9/2010 7:49AM

  Congratulations on your success and good luck with the rest of your journey, although with your attitude, I do not think you need "luck"! emoticon emoticon

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TONIABLAKE 6/9/2010 7:27AM

    emoticon You've certainly gone a long way on the road to health. Snap that seatbelt, with your attitude you will be going much, much further.

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ENTWOOD 6/8/2010 7:59PM

    You are so right!

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TOMMYTHOMPSON 6/8/2010 7:05PM

    You are SO RIGHT! I hope your next year is even better! You are amazing, keep up the great work.

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LADY_KATHY 6/8/2010 6:32PM

    I'm proud of you... GREAT job... keep it up... You rock!!!!! congrats on your past success and best wishes for much more!!!!!! : )
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IAMSHE-RA 6/8/2010 3:28PM

    Very inspiring!! Spark it girl!!

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LALAFLOWERS 6/8/2010 3:09PM

    Great job.. small changes in a consistent manner = HUGE results! Can't wait to see where the next year brings you! Keep it up!

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AVENGEFLIPPER 6/8/2010 1:21PM

    This is so great! I started a year ago and had some modest success but then went back to work in the fall and let it drop off. I'm back now, in worse shape than I was last year. Oh how I wish I'd kept using Spark people and staying on track. I am determined that will not happen to me this year and that I will work harder than last year and not just quit when work starts up. Seeing people who started when I did now so far along is a great motivator for me to catch up.

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SUZEQ09 6/8/2010 12:20PM

    Way to go to be 1 yr old!! And to be a healthier person than you have been in the past! Keep up the hard work and determination and you will be where you want to be.

Keep reaching for the stars!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon They are your's for the taking!!!

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WYND10 6/8/2010 12:11PM

    What a fantastic blog!


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KEEPGOING87 6/8/2010 11:56AM

    Here is to another year of great success!!! YOUR AWESOME!

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CAROLYN1213 6/8/2010 11:33AM

    Yvette, you are simply awesome! One year can make a huge difference! My one year is coming up this weekend! I can't wait to do my recap of the year! It has been a phenomenal year and I cannot wait to see what this next year holds for me and for you! Let's go girl! Live life with passion!

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CMAXSON 6/8/2010 10:43AM

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TENACIOUSTIGER 6/8/2010 10:41AM

    how awesome are you, you are an amazing inspringing person way to go, have agreat year to come emoticon emoticon

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NICOLE.ALICIA 6/8/2010 10:36AM

    Awesome- congrats!

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BARBBF 6/8/2010 9:13AM

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COLOURFULME 6/8/2010 6:39AM

    Reading blogs with success stories like this encourage me and I am sure not just me to continu or start again the journey. Thank you!

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SIOBYONE 6/8/2010 4:43AM

    Congrats on your progress! Its a wonderful thing to get your "mojo" back. I had lost mine for a few years, but I'm getting it back now. I'm feeling sexy for the 1st time in too long. Its amazing how much difference just a change in attitude can make. Isn't it great that even though we're still a long way off from goal weight we didn't have to wait to feel great about ourselves? Keep up the great work!
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SUGARBABY60 6/8/2010 4:22AM

    Thank you for the encouraging blog. It really lifted my spirit up today.

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PHILHALL 6/8/2010 4:06AM

  well done emoticon

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/8/2010 1:03AM

    congratulations on your progress and I love your positive outlook. You are rockin' it. I see that you are a bright spirited person, a gift to all of us.


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MSREDFORD 6/7/2010 11:53PM

    good for you!

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JREYNOLDS67 6/7/2010 11:50PM

    Good For You! How lucky we all are to have you as inspiration! emoticon

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FASTFORWARD2010 6/7/2010 11:40PM

    Yep made me tear up too. It really struck close to home.

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JUST2SWEET 6/7/2010 10:46PM

    Thanks for the wonderful blog, very encouraging....Congrats you what you have accomplished in a yr....

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JONES91292 6/7/2010 10:46PM

    Ok this made me cry. I so needed a pick me up today.

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WILDCATSLUVR 6/7/2010 10:45PM

    You Go Girl :) What a great shot in the arm you are for me! emoticon

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MOTIVATED@LAST 6/7/2010 10:01PM

    Congrats on making a huge turnaround!!

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MAMADWARF 6/7/2010 9:50PM

    wow you are a SPARKY one! I love reading how enthusiastic you are, how excited your about the changes you have made and how inspired you are to continue in this new path! I am excited for you and am excited for me cause I feel the exact same way! I LOVE IT!!! Good job and here's to you!

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FRUGAL_MN 6/7/2010 9:38PM

    What a year! Congratulations!

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BARBARAWEBSTER 6/7/2010 9:38PM

    emoticon Blog! Good Job. emoticon emoticon

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CINABEE 6/7/2010 9:24PM

    WOW what an amazing blog.Your little light sure is shining.You have come along way in 1 year.Thank you for putting this blog out for all of us to read. emoticon

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SWEETMOMMY41 6/7/2010 7:36PM

  what a wonderful blog! very inspiring and motivating! have a great day!

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