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One year, 79 lbs down 2010 was a year of change

Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 was my year of change. Over the course of the year I was able to lose 79 lbs and change my life. I didn't join sparkpeople until June and had reached my first plateau. A friend had been a a member off and on before and when I saw the name again in a magazine I decided to check it out. I was very excited by the nutrition tracker. I firmly believe tracking is the key to this for me. I was already making better choices and had shed the first 35 lbs going to the gym 1 day a week and making choices like giving up lattes for iced coffee with skim milk (I never have been a sugar in my coffee person) and giving up muffins at Dunks. Who knew something seemingly so innocent could be so bad for you. My fiancé and I found a place we love to live and I started a new job after being unemployed close to a year. Our industry was hit hard in the recession and it was demoralizing to be at home day after day. It was what spurred a desire to change the course of my life. All the heartache and half hearted attempts to lose weight. The broke promises to myself and my family. I decided to do this for me and you know what? It was easier than I ever imagined and the rewards are worth it ten fold. I took a hard look at my flaws and my emotional baggage. Yes, this is hard and as you can see from some of my earlier blogs I poured out my heart to my sparkfriends. Then the weight started sliding off and suddenly, I didn't hate myself anymore. It was ok to be excited about living again because for the first time in 14 years each day after was better not worse. When I looked in the mirror and saw things I didn't like it was ok because in a month I would be smaller and smaller. I look 10 years younger. One of the first compliments I started to get was "what are you doing you look so much younger." I didn't feel like an old lady anymore. The joy in being girly returned. The biggest moment came when I realized I look overweight but not obese anymore. How freeing that was. Yes, I have a long way to go but to be able to work out hard for an hour after a time when I couldn't even walk up the stairs is the greatest gift I ever gave myself. I have 93 lbs left to go to no longer be considered clinically overweight. In 2011 those pounds are going down. Happy New Year everybody. I love all of you. Ash
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