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My Big, Fat, Healthy Year in Review (pics)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

In 2013 I didn't lose any weight. Not one single pound. For that matter, I also did not lose weight in 2012. Since my 100+ lb. weight loss achieved in October 2011 I have successfully maintained my weight loss for 2 yrs (that sounds a lot better than "I've been stuck in a plateau for 2 yrs., doesn't it?").

No, in 2013 I'm ending the year a few lbs heavier (thanks Christmas!) but a whole lot STRONGER. in 2013 I achieved so many things I honestly never thought I could.

So was 2013 a successful year? You tell me.

In 2013 I...

Trained for and ran my first half marathon and in the process met one of my best friends, Blaize...







I showed my girls the magic of the Cinderella castle...



I signed up for my first full marathon, inspired by Blaize and with the encouragement of my husband...and feeling that calling on my life...



...I decided to run for Team World Vision to give purpose to my running and to raise money and awareness for those in need of water...and to strengthen my walk with God...



I ran 9 miles with my Dad riding his bike alongside me!



I ran my SECOND half marathon with my good friend Jenn, running 13 minutes faster than the first time around...



I celebrated 14 years of marriage...it hasn't been easy, but we have made it through good times, and bad....and love conquers all...



I met Leslie Sansone, my biggest health inspiration, at a Walk Leader reunion and got to walk with her onstage at the Walk Concert in FL...



I was matched with Peyton in IR4, an amazing girl who gives even more purpose to my runs...





...I was asked to travel to L.A. to be in a Leslie Sansone DVD, a dream come true....and I got to meet Leslie AGAIN!





...I ran the furthest I've ever run...first 14 miles, then 16, then 18 and 19, and finally 20 in training for the marathon, all with the most amazing group of people, my 121:Run Team...



...I became good friends with Caitlin who surprised me by signing up for the marathon, she had never run more than a 5k before...but she felt God calling her to do this, too...



...it hasn't all been an easy road...I've stumbled along the way, in more ways than one...



But in the end, I drew closer to God, and I achieved more through His strength than I ever thought possible...

I ran a MARATHON!!!!











...I raised over $2,000 for Team World Vision for a water project that is breaking ground this January in Africa...





...and we decided to sponsor a child through World Vision that lives in the area of Africa that I ran for....Edna James...

Thank you, God, for an amazing journey in 2013. I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store.

THIS GIRL CANNOT WAIT! I have come a long way, baby! Next stop - goal weight in 2014, just in time for my 40th birthday and girls trip with my bestie Cheri and friends!!

Thanks to all of my family and friends that have supported me along the way!!




Flashback - NYE 2009, when I announced to my family I would lose 120 lbs...(I'm on the left with two of my sisters)


Christmas Eve, this year. I'm the second from the left in the red, and about 100 lbs. down with all of my sisters).



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