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Half the Woman I Used to Be...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

So this is what 100 pounds looks like. I think I can see the difference. I lost myself bit by bit over the last four years and though there were times that the scale wouldn’t move or I couldn’t see a difference, it is the before and after photos which make it all clear.





The journey has been worthwhile and enlightening in more “weighs” than just weight loss. I always thought I was beautiful but I uncovered strength, determination, stamina and ambition. Now I’m a knockout! I am empowered now beyond belief!! I went from a size 22/24 to a 4/6 and had to transition my wardrobe to a smaller size EACH season. Thank heavens for InStyle, good taste, good seamstresses and great local thrift stores!

My metamorphosis isn’t complete and probably never will be. Once someone embraces the idea and attainment of goals and challenges they will forever seek to be more. The dreams they strive to reach are no longer just about weight or health, but they encompass every aspect of their life. They will continue to “create” themselves because their passion and love for life and achieving all they can constantly drives them towards their desires.

I have overcome one of the world’s biggest struggles and along my journey discovered how awesome I can be. I returned to school full-time and while earning a nearly 4.0 managed to care for myself, my children, my home and my job. I don’t whine or moan about challenges or obstacles. Sure I might throw myself a 5 minute pity party, but that is it. I do what needs to be done all while ENJOYING the thought of overcoming a new challenge.

My weight loss has slowed now. I am hoping that I will continue to see visible changes in myself as move towards new fitness goals. But if not, I will see more race bibs and medals hanging on my office walls. I will see more pictures of the breathtaking trails I run and can’t resist photographing. My stash of achievement mementos will continue to increase, but most of all I hope I see my influence in my children. I hope I can teach them about being active, living healthy and striving for every single one of their dreams and how valuable and special they are.

Okay… So I need to submit my final DIY numbers.



BTW, I didn’t include my waist in the posted challenge measurements but I went from 30.5” to 28.5” and my butt lost 2” too! I logged almost 2,000 CARDIO minutes in July alone!

So I am ready for the next challenge! Bring it on! I was getting ready to launch a new strength program and Yoovie has presented us with the perfect challenge. And I am embracing my superhero persona - meet Clio Vidara. I can’t wait to see what I (she) can do!!!

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  • MAMMM3
    You are an AMAZING person. You have come such a Long way!!!! You should seriously consider yourself to be a life coach to others. The proof is in the pudding! I love your super hero. She definetly reminds me of you...It is women like you that gives women a standard to live up to. I wish you all the best.
    3149 days ago
  • JOSIEISHEALTHY
    Wow you are in inspiration!!!! congrats on all of your successes :)
    3151 days ago
  • DONNYBELLE
    "Once someone embraces the idea and attainment of goals and challenges they will forever seek to be more. The dreams they strive to reach are no longer just about weight or health, but they encompass every aspect of their life. They will continue to “create” themselves because their passion and love for life and achieving all they can constantly drives them towards their desires."

    love love love love LOVE.

    that is EXACTLY how i feel and how I try to explain to people when they go on and on about how I'm doing too much or I don't need to keep going. It's all about being the best you can possibly be and I always feel like there's room for improvement in any aspect of someone's life.
    3151 days ago
  • BEACHBUMCRY
    WOW!!! You look fabulous!!!!!!

    emoticon on changing your success and setting such a great

    example for your children.

    You ROCK!!
    3152 days ago
  • CAROLYNC125
    WOW! You look fantastic! Congratulations on what you achieved! I love your haircut too! And you daughter is beautiful too :)

    Anyways, I'm so happy for you! This is just so great!

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3153 days ago
  • REXTINE1
    Congratulations! It took me several years to lose too, but if you don't give up it happens.
    3153 days ago
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