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My Shiny New Year (110 lbs. lighter)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

It was on New Years' Eve 2009 after the recent birth of my second daughter when I announced to my family that my New Year's resolution was to lose over 100 lbs. When I said it, even I didn't believe it.

(I'm on the left with my two sisters)

Oh I wanted to lose the weight. I just didn't think I could. So I expected the slightly awkward silence after I dropped my New Years resolution like a bomb in the room. It was funny. My family fully supports me, but even I don't think that they knew what I was capable of. I think we all tend to underestimate our own powers that exist within us. But that power is there. I had struggled with my weight since the 3rd grade, it was just my burden to carry - literally. But that moment changed my life. I had something new - spark (and SparkPeople), and determination.

But three years later, and no, I'm not the fastest loser on the block. But a loser I am. 110 lbs down and 10 lbs away from my goal weight of a total of 120 lbs lost. I'm not only running my first half marathon later this month and meeting a very dear spark friend for the first time, who is also doing the half, but I'm running another half marathon later this year. I am living out my dream to be a healthy weight (I'm no longer obese!) and setting a good example for my young daughters.

I am facing this new year with such excitement and anticipation. I am giddy and feel FREE.

For anyone that doubts that you can do this, too, don't doubt. Just do.

(Here I am pictured with all of my sisters this New Years, I'm the second from the right)

(In the middle, Christmas Eve with my sister and my Mom)

Christmas Eve - I was wearing sexy black boots I could never wear before, but they aren't pictured :)
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