Trek Women
August 14, 2007

Anniversary of my new life...

Tonight was the 2-year anniversary of the start of my weight loss journey. About 730 days ago, my best friend, Russ, called me at the office and said… on Tuesday night, you’re leaving work on time for once, and you’re meeting me at Weight Watchers, and we are doing this together. I didn’t argue, hem haw, make excuses about looming deadlines, nothing. I simply replied, what time does the meeting start.

And that was the start of that.

That first Tuesday night, I stepped on the scale and told the weigher-in lady that I didn’t want her to tell me what I weighed. I already knew I was severely obese and got out of breath walking up a flight of stairs. I knew that hearing the number would be too devastating and overwhelming. I didn’t want to think about it, I just wanted to do it.

Tuesday night after Tuesday night, Russ and I stepped on the scale. Some weeks we lost, some we didn’t; the only thing that mattered was perseverance. I stopped trying to fill an emptiness I felt inside by overeating and convincing myself that I was a "workaholic" and didn’t have time to deal with my weight issues. Instead, I focused on exercising, leaving work on time, and making conscious food choices.

It took Russ about a year to reach his goal of losing more than 70 pounds. Even though he didn’t have to go to the meetings anymore, except for a monthly weigh-in, he still came with me every week. On March 13, 2007, I hit my goal weight after losing over 130 pounds.

Two years later and I look back at some of the incredible things that have happened… I can wear a size 6/8 (from a size 24); I can fit in airplane seats; I can run a 10k; I can ride 100+ miles on my bike; I can change my life. (Heck, I can even be an bonafide Trek blogger!)

It was easy being overweight; now I’m figuring out how to maintain my new life. My journey is far from complete; but I will persevere.

P.S. My most heartfelt gratitude goes out to Russ; my other best friend Wayne; my sister, Jen; my gym buddies and instructors; family and friends; and our Weight Watchers leader, Kim -– your support meant and continues to mean the world to me. I wouldn’t be having this anniversary without you.

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