Writing 101 asks us to write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more.
Today’s twist: Make today’s post the first in a three-post series. What’s important is reflecting on this experience and what it meant for you — how it felt, why it happened, and what changed because of it.
It had finally happened! Through hard word, determination, and sheer will-power I had finally lost that weight! 55 pounds was nothing to joke about. I had been overweight, obese even, by most standards for many years. Yet, here I was standing in my Weight Watchers Class in Prescott Valley, AZ that Saturday morning with tears in my eyes. I felt invincible! I had done it!
The miracle had happened! I was healthy and vibrant. Per my doctor’s orders I weighed only 10 pounds more than what Weight Watchers suggested I weigh for my age and height. I was 30 years old the last time I weighed that! My weight loss journey took a year. I began my journey in January 2012 and by December 2012 I had reached my goal.
My after photo: I am at the far end to the right in this picture which was my bosses Christmas party, December 2012.
In the past, it seemed that no matter what I ate the pounds crept onto my 5’ 7” frame. Of course, after battling Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease and the removal of my thyroid gland the weight seemed to just stay there unmoving.
In addition, this weight gain had happened gradually over many years of me sitting in front of a computer, working on payroll, or keeping some company’s books. Accounting was hell on a body and stressful too! I had been told that weight gain was just part of getting older and to just accept the way my body was.
My before photo: This was me at my heaviest – January 2012
Now, none of that mattered. I had learned a new way to eat. I had learned how to exercise. I was excited about my life again. I could mow the lawn and play in my garden again. I felt like a warrior!
This is Part One of a Three Part series called “The New ME!”
Thanks for visiting me and sharing in this story,