Thursday, January 03, 2013
Today marks the end of my New Year, New You journey. I am both sad and happy! As I look back over this year I can say there are some positive and negative things. I have learned a lot about myself and the other people in my life. Sometimes your friends become your family and your family becomes a memory.
Throughout this year I was supported by complete strangers. I was told I inspired and motivated people, I was asked for advice and once I was asked for an autograph. What a thought, on New Years Eve 2006, I was at a party and the man I was with told the people there he was going to kill me. Little did I know that night he really was going to try 14 days later. My children and I started over then with nothing and now "I have inspired" people.
On New Years day I was asked, "are you a new you?" Yes! To me this journey wasn't just about losing weight with diet and exercise. It was also about pushing myself to be the best person that I can be. I fought with myself daily. When my mind would tell me "you are fat and ugly, you don't deserve this" I would have to fight back 2x's harder. Sometimes I would lose and others I would win. It is never easy fixing things that are broken; self - esteem, hearts, spirit and in some cases your own body.
I would be lying if I said I was 100% satisfied with my results. At first I was told that I could be at my goal weight (120) by September. Was it me? I don't know. BUT I can't complain. I went from 206 to 166 (I have gone as low as 161), size 3x top to medium, size 22 pants to 12, size 8 ring to 5.5 and lost over 65 inches.
So you may ask; what is next for me? Well, I am not done yet. FIRST I am going to the doctor for this annoying heel spur and the constant pain in my stomach that I have recently encountered looked at.... I have a goal to be at 130 by my birthday 3 July. I want to do 13 5k's in 2013. I will continue to work on being a better more positive person. (Quite frankly if I wouldn't give the old me the time of day. If I ever said anything that hurt your feelings in the past I assure you I am truly sorry!) In 2016 I want to take a trip to Disney for a 1/2 marathon. Maybe a full marathon...We will see if my knees can take that.
The next major decision. Choosing the right gym for me to achieve these goals.
Who knew choosing a fitness center / gym would be like buying a new car / house? This past year I have learned some important things about what equipment I like / don't like to use. What exercises I like / don't like to do. So things that I looked at when making my selection. 1) Location - Did I want a gym that was closer to work or to home? 2) Cost - Are there any hidden fees, gym maintenance fees, yearly fees as well as the monthly fee. Are group classes extra? 3) Equipment - Variety, set up, how old and is it maintained. 4) Staff - Are they friendly, supportive, motivating and willing to take the time to answer your questions. 5) Other options - Group classes, trainers, pool, tanning, access, sauna etc. After careful consideration and looking into 5 gyms I have chosen to go with DeWitt Fitness Center. It was a very hard decision to make but I feel as if I made the right choice for me.
Tonight at 5:24 I will be saying goodbye to 2012 and the New Year, New You. I will be saying goodbye to some very good people. I will miss each and everyone! I have learned so much. I will NEVER be able to thank WHBF and Fitness Xpress for the best gift I could have ever been given; my life back.....
Thank you for your support this year. You will never know how much something as simple as liking a status can change someones day. Just by those small gestures you have helped pick me up when I was down....
A year from now you would've wished you started today!