Monday, February 15, 2010

One Year Ago...

Today was wonderful! I had such a great evening spending time with loved ones and I did get a lot of really positive, lovely remarks about my transformation. It was just a great night and I had a ton of fun!

One of the special things about tonight’s event is that one year ago, while sitting pretty much at my heaviest weight, I was celebrating the same birthday with the same people. Except I can recall a very different emotion attached to last year’s party due to one conversation in particular that I had with the patriarch.

This group of people has been in my life for about two decades now so I am considered family and, as such, have long looked at the man I am speaking about as a father figure. Last February, he and I found ourselves in the kitchen having a deep conversation about all of the different facets of life. We chatted about what was going on in our lives, what was taking place in the world, and of ideas and thoughts and dreams. Inevitably – I say this because he, too, is an individual who struggles with extra pounds – the topic of weight loss was finally broached.

I remember that I fought to maintain my composure as I discussed in detail all I had tried over the previous year or two to drop the excess weight. I probably smiled at him with tears clinging to my eyelashes as I simultaneously enjoyed the openness that we share and abashedly admitted to my shortcomings. Then he told me something I will never forget.

“Maybe losing weight is just one of those things that you won’t ever be able to do.”

It was said with every loving fiber of his being, and undoubtedly with the intention of easing my obvious frustration with the issue, but still was so incredibly opposite to my way of thinking that I haven’t forgotten anything about that moment. And I told him so then; I argued that I didn’t believe that and that I absolutely could do anything I set my mind to… that anything was possible.

I got to remind him of that conversation today. I got to tell him that I knew he was wrong then and that I still believe that anything is possible. We laughed, we hugged, and he told me he is proud. He told me I’m inspiring.

Happy Love Day, everyone!

- 9 glasses of water
- 3 cups Caesar salad with Parmesan cheese, croutons, dried cranberries, and fat free dressing
- 1/2 glass of sparkling apple juice
- 1 cup green beans
- 3 sweet pickles
- 1/2 cup sour cream mashed potatoes
- 2 slices roast beef
- 1 homemade Yorkshire pudding
- 1 cup homemade reduced fat, reduced calorie trifle
- 1 piece angel food cake
- 1 mug of coconut steamed skim milk

- 4 sets of 30 seconds of crouched shadow boxing with dumbbells with 2.5 lbs for each arm
- 2 sets of 2 minutes of weight lifting with 2.5 lbs per arm
- 3 sets of 30 seconds of jumping jacks with 2.5 lbs per arm


  1. Your post made me feel smile with delight. And I am so happy you proved your friend wrong!

  2. It is great to reflect on what gives you that push to do better for yourself. Thanks for reminding me that all things are possible.


  3. Awe--I love this! Thank you for sharing.
    You ARE inspiring!

  4. How completely awesome to re-visit the same place and situation one year later with 100 lbs. gone, proving that you CAN do anything you put your mind to. I love those kinds of moments! :)

  5. What a beautiful recap of a beautiful moment. You are inspiring and you should be proud! Enjoy every moment!

  6. You are Totally AweSome and InsPirinG, I love this story. You Really are Wonderful.

  7. Remember today - I am sure you will. Remember it, really allow it to take root, but never let go of last year either. You need these two memories firmly ingrained in your memory store, to keep you from ever going back to that place. Remember how bad it was, and how good it is. :)


  8. Oh my gosh!!! I've been out of town and off the computer for a few days. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am so, so, so happy for you! What a great milestone. You Rock!

  9. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing in such an intimate way.

  10. What a great post and I am so glad that you were able to prove him wrong. You can and you did do it!

  11. I'm still grinning from ear to ear!