Friday, September 12, 2008

What a difference a year makes

Yesterday, September 14th marked the one year anniversary of when I decided to restart Weight Watchers for the umpteenth time. My goal was to lose weight to fit into my bridesmaid dress for Mrs.D's wedding. Of course, I hoped that it would turn into a lifestyle and I would become a thinner, healthier person. But that is something I have said every time I restarted. For some reason though, thank God, this time it clicked and I have lost and kept off 30 pounds (40 pounds total from when I very first started Weight Watchers 5 years ago). I have gone from someone who dreaded the gym to someone who enjoys working out.

Sure, there are times I don't want to go or talk myself out of it but I always come back to my routine. I think that is the most important thing that has changed. Being healthy and exercising has become part of who I am. When I over indulge or miss a few days at the gym I feel out of whack and sluggish. When I do get back on track, it's not the old inner voice I used to hear. Gone are the days of chastising and labeling myself a failure. Now it's more like a reminiscent conversation with a friend saying, "Remember how great it felt? Let's get back to the way things were!"

There are still the difficult times and days were I think, "Oh my gosh, I have to do this for the rest of my life." But the good far out weigh (no pun intended, I swear) the bad and I know I'm on a good path to be healthy for the rest of my life. I want to be one of those ladies you see that's in their 60s and 70s rocking out in the front of the class at the gym.
Here are some photos of before I started the first time, restarting last year and now.
Right before 1st time starting WW

Right before restart 1 year ago



I am so proud of you! You are GORGEOUS!

Seriously incredible.

you are HOT! congrats on being a rock star. ;)

totally on the hot tamale train!!

You are such an inspiration! I'm actually starting WW tomorrow. (Wednesday nights in Anaheim Hills) and I am SOOO looking forward to feeling good about myself AGAIN. I cannot wait to get healthy! This post was perfect timing for me! Congrats on your success..You look amazing!

You look AMAZING, congrats again on your success! :)

You are so friggin awesome - you look absolutely fantastic! Wow wow wow with no exaggeration. Very proud of you!

You know how proud of you I am!

I didn't know you had a blog! Thanks for your comment on mine. :)

I wanted to say that you look really fantastic. Congrats on taking good care of your body and on looking hot!

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