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1 year ago today I started my journey

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I haven't blogged in a few days. Been busy around Casa Clara and not all that centered, but I got a reminder on my phone this morning that today is the one year anniversary of beginning my diet/journey/lifestyle change. Whatever I call it, it has made all the difference.

I was fat for 8 years. In mid 2008 I broke my leg and spent the next 5 months in bed feeling sorry for myself and eating. I blew up 100 pounds in that short time. After I got back on my feet it took another 2 years to walk normally and with confidence. Unfortunately by then I was stuck in the habit of eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I knew how to eat right but I didn't care. I figured since I'm getting older that it didn't matter. But it affected everything. How I felt, my health, my attitude, how people treated me.

Last March my ex husband had a stroke from smoking and eating poorly. It affected my grown daughters immensely. It also scared the hell out of me. While I convinced myself that if I just dropped dead from being fat, well, I'd be dead. But my ex husband lived. He could barely walk, talk, or feed himself. He was almost blind. He was put into a nursing home at age 57. And he kept having stroke after stroke for the next 9 months until he died. That was my wake up call. Dead is one thing, but blind and immobile? Yikes!

I cleared out the junk and stocked my kitchen with lean meats and tons of veggies. I started dancing for exercise and then bought a stationary bike a few months in, which I have now ridden about 4000 miles. I lost 86 pounds and have maintained it for 3 months so far. My blood pressure is down, I am strong and energetic, people are nicer to me, I am happy when I put on cute clothes, when I don't sweat and chafe and wheeze. Every part of my life is better. It has made my life immeasurably better.

Here is to another year of eating right, exercising, and living the life I truly want to live. Not one meal at a time, but one happy peppy day at a time! Thanks for helping me on this journey. If I can do it, you can too!

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