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Thirteen Years ... Success!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Thirteen years. That's a long time. That's how long it's been since I looked like this ...

I will never look like that again. Not that scared ... scared because someone had caught me in a picture. Not that unhappy because I knew I was going to be short of breath just walking a short distance. Unhappy because I knew none of those boxes held clothes because no one could buy me clothes and have any hope of getting me the right size.

But today ...

I'm happy, I'm satisfied, and I'm not scared if you catch a candid shot of me ... not even this one ...

because life is healthy and fun again! Oh, there are trials along the way, but not ones that cannot be overcome.

I have a little helper on the journey. He eats healthy meals right along with me. I tried to get you a good picture of my lettuce eating dog, but he was too intent on eating his lettuce to slow down for a nice shot, so you'll have to see our cute proof ...

Asher never passes up a good salad!

This week, I was driving and needed something out of my purse right away. I pulled it into my lap and got what I needed, but left my purse sitting where it was on my lap. Now, I carry a BIG purse ... an "I might need something" kind of purse. As I drove along, I had this overwhelming sense of remembrance. I'd driven like this before. With my arms at this odd angle, not fitting nicely over my lap but jutting out to the side while I held the steering wheel. I flashed back 13 years. When I was 300 pounds. I drove like this all the time with my arms held out to the side over my girth. What a blessing not to have to accommodate my weight any more!

The journey was long and every day presented some choices I had to make. But I'm so glad to be on this side. So happy to be half the woman I once was. It's a journey worth taking!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WINDY01 1/25/2014 9:03AM

    A real motivational story! Thank you!

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PRAIRIEGIRL44 1/8/2014 10:26PM

    What a powerful quote! Reminds me of the importance of emotional health and all the talk about emotional IQ. Two things I think about all the time as I raise two kids and go through mid life with my husband.
Asher is so adorable! He eats lettuce? That's funny. If we discover a leftover sandwich has gone missing we know it was our little dog when the lettuce was left behind! She actually picks it out. So I never thought a dog would like lettuce. Give him a hug from me! emoticon
Thanks for sharing, you are such an inspiration!

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JELLI-LEAN 1/5/2014 6:01PM

    Congrats! You look like a totally different person. You have a great partner in Asher!

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JACKIE15108 1/5/2014 1:52PM

    You look great! and congratulations for keeping the weight off.
I'm where you were driving ...can't fit the seatbelt around me either.

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ANNETTE117 1/5/2014 12:25PM

    Cathy, that is awesome. You are such an inspiration to me.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 1/5/2014 8:36AM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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YOYOGRAN 1/5/2014 5:39AM

    What a wonderful blog. You've come along way....with your little companion.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/5/2014 2:45AM

    I am SO proud of you!

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    Cathy, that's awesome! You look great! What a great difference! You're such an inspiration!

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BLUEROSE73 1/4/2014 8:01PM

    I love it. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your success.

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TERMITEMOM 1/4/2014 7:08PM

    Yes Cathy, you have come a long way. And what a success you are! This is very encouraging because it shows that "real" people can do it.

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LPRUNWALK 1/4/2014 7:05PM

    I can feel your determination to stay the course! You're looking great. Like you, I relish being able to move better every day. I love fitting into my clothes, being able to kneel down in the garden, and being able to keep up with my lovely DD...the list of improvements just goes on and on. Enjoy your successes!

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REGILIEH 1/4/2014 6:51PM

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VEGIBIKER 1/4/2014 6:08PM

    Congratulations!!! So happy for you - and inspired by you.

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NILLAPEPSI 1/4/2014 6:07PM

    You look amazing!! Thank you for inspiring us daily!! emoticon

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    My dogs like lettuce but they will steal the tomatoes right off the vine in the garden and dig carrots on their own!! Who knew?? Your journey has been amazing and it's very inspirational. Thanks for sharing!!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/4/2014 5:06PM

    How awesome!!! You are truly an inspiration!!! Fantastic and congratulations.

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SHANTODD420 1/4/2014 4:21PM

    Wahoo and love the picture of the dog eating the lettuce you look so healthy and happy. Congrats

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TAMNIOWA 1/4/2014 3:52PM

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KATHYJO56 1/4/2014 3:32PM

    You and Asher both look very happy and happiness is a wonderful thing. emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 1/4/2014 3:13PM

    You have come a long way LADY......What in inspiring story you have told. So happy for you because it is hard to do, but you DID it. Congratulations. Yes, it seems Asher likes his

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IMAYARNIE 1/4/2014 3:06PM

    Yes, this is a very hopeful blog. It's hard to look at your current pictures and realize that you were 300 pounds in the past. Well, as I've recently said, I'm not in TWOterville, and very glad to be. I never thought I'd be so glad to see my weight start with a "2". But after having experienced the "3", the 2 looks great. I hope one day to have some after pictures to be proud of.

Thanks for your encouragement.

And I may be falling in love with Asher! I don't know how I'll tell my cats! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 1/4/2014 2:36PM

    What a GREAT and hopeful blog! Thanks SO much for sharing hope with me today. I need it and appreciate it. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing. emoticon emoticon

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    What a wonderful and inspiring story! Thank you for sharing :-) Asher sure is a cutie.

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INCREDIBLYME 1/4/2014 2:08PM

    congratulations on your journey to healthy living- Thankyou so much for sharing your deja vu moment with us. It is great to know that you have the choice to never go back there for real!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 1/4/2014 2:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on all your accomplishments!!!
You are an inspiration!!! emoticon
Asher is simply adorable!!!

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    Asher is so cute and you look great. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMY7070 1/4/2014 2:01PM

    You look wonderful. I always enjoy hearing stories from my Spark friends. They are always so motivating. Have a great Spark year

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