Tuesday, March 08, 2011
This exact time last year I wrote a blog on Fat Tuesday. It went like this...
"Fat Tuesday… and Wednesday
February 17, 2010 by Danielle
There’s nothing quite like killing your diet than with 2 paczkis and an empty promise to try better the next day… or the day after you eat 4 slices of deep dish pizza. I’m thoroughly conviced that in my efforts to scrifice on behalf of the Lord’s intentions I will somehow always find a way around my promises. No sweets, you say? Then how about mounds of wonderful salts and cheeses and buttery-baked crusts with the finest of Italian sauces? Wonderful.
In other news, after months of chasing our tails in the attempt at buying a house, we finally got down and dirty with the realtors. It gave both the hubby and me a chance to project all our internalized feelings of angst onto the people who are finding us a house. One way or another the temper tantrums will yield results. Much like in one way or another my lack of dieting discipline will yield results: I grow fat and happy with my bean pole of a husband or I grow fat and divorced and bleach my naturally black hair blonde as seems to be the trend with most end-of-their-rope mothers…"
Wow... Who was that depressed woman and where did she go? I'll tell you! She accidentally stumbled across some papers while moving into her new house about dieting tips and recipes with one, small, little Post-it note stuck to one of the papers that said "Sparkpeople.com". Years before that her friend had given her lots of dieting materials and a webpage she'd found that boasted a free diet plan but had promptly thrown them into a box labeled "Misc.".
She logged on later that night after rediscovering these papers and made a SP account. The food didn't seem like it would be that bad and by now she was so desperate to lose the weight she'd try just about anything.
She started slowly with just altering her meals and not yet adding exercise. After 10 days she'd lost 7lbs- WOW! She wondered what would happen if she began taking brisk walks...
Four weeks later she was down 15lbs and was no longer wearing her MATERNITY pants! (Praise God!!)
Flash forward 8 months to March 2011...
This woman managed to drop 39lbs and is now as skinny as she was when she first met her husband. She's able to wear 100% of the clothes in her closet (including outfits from high school!). She doesn't shy away from public events because she's no longer worried about people staring at "the fat girl". She regained lost romance in her marriage and is now making it a mission to inspire others to join her on her LIFESTYLE change.
That woman, on Fat Tuesday, stuck to her training schedule for the first 5k she'll ever run in April. That woman is not seduced by desserts the way she used to be. That woman found healthy outlets for stress instead of turning to food. That woman owes her accomplishments to SparkPeople.com and to all of the amazing people she's met on here who encourage her to keep going and to get back up when she falls. She owes it to her supportive husband who, more than once, had to remind her of why she was doing this and hold her while she cried about her failures.
That woman is a changed, proud woman.