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I didn't know they cared....

Saturday, January 12, 2013

It's been just over a year since I made the resolution to be healthier. My life was good.. I'm a teacher, I love my job and my high school students. My life is filled with people I love and who love me. I've been married to the world's best husband for over 42 years. We've traveled a lot, lived in many places (he was a career Army officer) and now been in a town I love for more than 20 years. I have two sons who I would like if I met them as strangers. I'd admire and respect them for their accomplishments, their characters, and their kindness and values. They are both married, so I finally have daughters and I love them as much as I love my sons. My first granddaughter was born in June and she has given me new dimensions of love and fun.

All of that is not to gloat.. it is just to say that even though I was very overweight, my life was good. I was named our county's Teacher of the Year last year and the honor was very significant to me. I am pretty good at taking care of other people. Maybe I wasn't all that good of taking care of me.

But... I was still weighing in at over 270 pounds. My knees hurt, I got out of breath, and I was pretty much stuck in a size 24. And life was still pretty awesomely good.

In January 2012 it changed. I decided to be healthy. I'm pretty smart, at least in some ways. I understand the principles of good nutrition; I pride myself on strength of will and character. And I was really tired of being "the fat one."

Flash forward to today... I've lost 77 pounds so far, and the rest is coming off bit by bit. I'm wearing baggy size 16s though the 14s are still a little too snug. Everything else in my life is pretty much the same.. still awesome.

So... why this blog? I don't post much on Facebook, but have a lot of friends.. from all the parts of my life. And when I did a yearly update on my weight loss earlier this week, so far 200 people have responded with congratulations, best wishes, praise, and encouragement. That's pretty overwhelming and also a great boost to keep going.

Other good stuff too.. many new Spark friends I've never met; much more information on nutrition and exercise. Encouragement from the community of people who understand all too well what the journey is like. My fit bit, ah yes, my ever constant encourager! My husband has lost 45 pounds and is within 10 pounds of where he needs to be. And I'm filled with excitement at what lies ahead. And my knees don't hurt as much. And I walk every day, rain or shine, to be active.

Here's to a healthy 2013!

Thanks, SparkPeople!
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