Finally...the courage to tell you...

Monday, February 22, 2010

I'm 55...been pretty much of a couch potato in my adult life, but that's all changing now. Just got back from Costa Rica. I was a group leader for 32 students and 4 other chaperones. While traveling with students is certainly not new to me, participating in adventure-type activities surely is.

So, there I was...kayaking, hiking, zip lining, white water rafting, etc...and I realized...this was fun and I COULD DO IT! My Costa Rican leader, Erick, actually high-fived me several times, explaining that many times leaders my age tend to watch the kids instead of participating. HE WAS PROUD OF ME...and so was I! Losing 18 pounds before I left..and 6 pounds on tour...certainly made it easier to participate. So, thank you to all of my friends at Spark People. I couldn't have done it without you!

So, now what? Two more international trips this year, but more importantly, I have to keep this up at home. So, I just signed up for some spin classes at my school (the instructor is a friend, so she'll recognize my fitness level). If I just add a little bit every day to my daily routine, this can only get better.

And now, since I had the courage to sail across the tops of trees in the rain forest, I think I can take that final step...I'm going to tell you what I weigh. I'm going to change the format on my Spark Page. Doesn't seem like a big deal to you? It is to me!

Drum roll, please...I finally am under 200 pounds, I weigh 199...first time in about 15 years. So YIPPEE for me!!!!
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  • no profile photo CORRINEDD
    emoticon That is FANTASTIC, Diane!!! And what a brave thing to do -- not sure I could do it. I, too, always seem so much more active when I'm on vacation. We need to win the lottery and go on PERMANENT VACATION! emoticon

    GREAT JOB!!!
    4073 days ago
  • no profile photo IRISH_AGUIRRE
    Fantastic!!! I'm very proud of you, too. You have lost so much weight already, you did all those cool things on your trip, and now you have shared that last fact with us. You are blossoming!!!
    4100 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2562942
    You are living proof that we can do anything at any age!! emoticon
    4100 days ago
    You are emoticon !!!!!
    4100 days ago
    Diane! I KNOW the personal courage it takes to let your weight "hang out there" in public. I had decided that when I lost the 50th Pound I would post that on my Facebook page (I have not listed my weight there.) I still haven't done it (chickening out?) . . . but Sunday, while preaching, my husband said (out of the blue), "if Jane looks different to you, she's lost 50 pounds." I could feel myself blush and everyone began to clap. I have to confess, it was a moment! I'm SO anxious to get to 199. I'm truly happy for you and celebrate with you. Goodbye to the 200's! Love ya, Jane
    4100 days ago
    A great achievement. Good for you!
    4100 days ago
    A great achievement. Good for you!
    4100 days ago
    How marvelous -- you are now under 200, congratulations to you! We are so proud of your accomplishments. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4100 days ago
    Absolutely amazing. Great job!
    4100 days ago
    Nice, that's terrific. Thank you for sharing that.
    4100 days ago
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