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Friday, January 11, 2008

So I'm sitting here thinking of all the things I want to accomplish in the next year and then I get to thinking of all the things I have accomplished in the past year. We all have resolutions or goals for a new year, yet we seldom go back and think of our accomplishments. 2007 was a big year for me --- probably the biggest year of my life.

Although I really don't know if anyone will read this, if even one person does, it has served its purpose.

I lived in Guatemala for 3 years and in that time, I completely changed my life around for the better. I left for Guatemala in the fall of 2004 and began teaching (I had never taught before) - I didn't know anyone, or much of anything about what I'd be doing. I just got on a plane and said, "well, here goes nothing" and began a new life in another country. I began teaching and with all of the stress of graduating from college, moving, and the stress of teaching -- I put on weight, I didn't exercise (at all!), and partied all the time. My life spun out of control. In May of 2005, I saw pictures of myself (one that is posted) and I couldn't fit into any pants. I decided something needed to change. I flew home to MN for a summer, and decided to join Weight Watchers, in which I lost a few initial pounds. I began to exercise, slowly at first and gradually began jogging and running. I found Sparkpeople while I was in Guatemala, and things started to turn around. I started logging my exercise and nutrition and noticed that my meals were not balanced. With changes to my diet and exercise plans, I lost 40 pounds since May 2005 and kept it off.

I moved back to MN in April of 2007 after an interesting year in Guatemala. My fiance and I had a rough year, with problems to confront at every corner. We packed up and left Guatemala, started our lives over in MN without any plan. We got married June of 2007 (I was at my lowest weight, around 120-125) and now we're both working and have completely new lives.

2008 is now upon me and I feel that if this year was as great as last year, it will be splendid. It is going to be full of more life changes; although moving countries, finding jobs, housing, getting married, and settling into a new life will be hard to beat.

With suggestions from message boards (even though I don't post much) and articles, I turned my life around. I have dropped a total of about 40 pounds and now I am an avid runner and gym rat. I now want to go into nutrition or dietetics and help people who need to make life changes. I have a family history of diabetes, which is also another factor of why dietetics interests me.

If anyone reads this, I hope you take something with you, and that is that taking a risk pays off in the end. Things always seem so uncertain, especially now that we're starting a new year, but so many positives can come out of taking risks.

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MMWILLIAMS1984 1/11/2008 5:36PM

    What a great success story! Very inspirational! I spent 3 months in Guatemala on a missions trip a couple of years ago and loved it.

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250STRONG 1/11/2008 2:26PM

    Wow, I am really jealous of your time in Guatamala. I would love to live in South America for a few years - but now it will have to wait until my kids grow up. It sounds like you are in a great frame of mind. Thanks for the encouragement on taking risks - it's definitely something I need to frequently remind myself to do!

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COBBCOUNTY 1/11/2008 1:50PM

    great inspiring story! I think you are right about risks...everytime I've done something that scared me it was the absolute RIGHT thing to do. Congratulations on acknowledging 2007 -that's a good "half-full" mentality to have. And finally, congratulations on your marriage!!! And yes, your post served a purpose.

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TRUCOWGAL 1/11/2008 1:19PM

    It always helps me to see people who have been where I am and have come out on the other side... Thanks for the success story!

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SELINAMARIE00 1/11/2008 1:17PM

    thank you for you story its so nice to see people who have come so far i now know that i can reach my goal too

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