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Saying Goodbye to Another Person

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

When I was in Arizona, I was talking about my weight loss with one of my coworkers. We were talking about my plan, and then I told her how much (95 pounds at that time) I had lost. Suddenly, her jaw drops and she goes, "Oh my gosh, you lost me!"

Today, I weighed in and was happy to see the dial stop at 168 (especially since my body seemed to have a hold on the weight this week). A 2 pound loss - but this 2 pound loss means more than just that.

I have now lost 100 pounds. I have literally lost another person in weight. I am at my lowest ever adult weight (well, I have been for some weeks, but each week is a new number that excites me). I can't even remember when, as a teenager or tween, I was at this weight.

This time last year, I never would have thought I could lose TEN pounds, much less ONE HUNDRED. This time last year, I had given up hope that I could EVER be within a healthy body weight range. This time last year, I was buying clothes from the Plus Sized section, bemoaning the boring colors and styles. This time last year, swimming and charity bike rides were out of my reach. This time last year, the only thing I could think about was ice cream and fattening iced coffee drinks.

But now, I HAVE hope. Now I HAVE confidence in myself. Now I KNOW I can lose the weight and more importantly get healthy. I am doing things I never thought possible - exercising and enjoying it. Buying cute clothes. Living a healthier, happier, more active life.

I am just SO BLESSED that I have so many wonderful people rooting for me, helping me along. My sister, who provides added motivation and confidence. My parents, who are constantly accommodating my diet. My health coach who cheers at every lost pound - even when I thought it no big deal. And my SparkFriends, who have been A-FREAKING-MAZING about supporting and motivating me.

I never thought it would be possible - and with that attitude, I was right. But I took a chance on myself, dared to have hope. I found a plan and stuck with it, even when I wanted nothing more than to eat all the foods that were bad for me. It wasn't easy or fun - but the results have been SO WORTH IT. Because I AM WORTH IT. Because I AM IMPORTANT.

So goodbye, 100 pound person!! Glad to have you gone FOR GOOD!
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