The New ME–Part One

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.

2012 Christmas Party

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.

Colleen Jan 2012

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,

Silver Threading

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on
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  1. This blog was truely wonderful as an overweight person myself it gives me hope.

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  3. How wonderful you were able to overcome the struggles that came from this and figured it out! 😀

  4. Your weight loss story isn’t boring at all. Congrats on such an achievement. I’ve lost 30 lbs in the past 10 months, and I’d like to do that same amount in the next ten. Something clicked this time, and it’s been much easier to stay with it. Seeing the results and FEELING so much better are good motivators. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story! 🙂

  5. Congrats on the weight loss. I know when I lost my weight how I felt. It was great. I put a lot of it back on, and, well, here I am again! lol

  6. Congratulations for reaching your goal 🙂 Pawkisses 🙂

  7. Well done you! 🙂

  8. Good on you. My guess is that it is not about stopping to eat what you love but learning to balance what you eat and do, a way of life.

  9. You’re looking great too! 55 or 60 is what I’m going for. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Congrats on that loss! It’s not an easy one and takes a lot of determination and self-dicipline. You’re right to feel great about yourself 🙂

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