Saturday, October 31, 2009

"When you make a change, you make a difference"

So I've been following the Body for Life program for some time. A while back I had invested in the Body for Life Journal. Each day Bill writes a Lesson for Life. So I thought it would be great to use the lesson as a jumping off point.

I've been working hard to get myself back in shape. Will I ever look like I did when I was in the best shape of my life (22)? Who knows. It's not impossible. It might take me a while ... I'm a long way from 22. OMG that was half my lifetime ago. Chronologically. Of course I don't feel, act or look it (so I've been told). And I think you only get better with age....

So I've been making changes. To my nutrition, my workouts, my habits. And they've been paying off. I can only hope that by being an example to others, I can encourage them to tackle whatever it is they want to accomplish. Better health, weight loss, changing a job ... whatever it is that they want to do but they have something that's holding them back.

Not only am I eating healthier and making wiser choices when I go out for meals, I have more energy to keep going all day. I finally found the nerve to start complimenting people ... on what they're wearing, what they're doing, what they say ... whatever. I used to think it all the time but I was afraid to speak up. Of course people I know, it's easy. Total strangers ... not so much. But I've always admired people who can. And I always wanted to. So slowly but surely I'm speaking up more. And most people appreciate it. And if I can put a smile on someone's face, I've accomplished my mission.

So speaking of change, I thought this would be a good place to share my changes. The before pics were taking about 15 months ago ... then after just 1 week ago. I've had a few setbacks since starting my journey in Sept 08. Spent most of last winter sick (colds, infections, whatever ... nothing critical though thankfully) and wasn't able to work out for almost 3 months. But I started in earnest on March 22, 2009 and have only missed 2 weeks recently because of a sinus infection that put me out of commission.

If I can encourage one person to make a change from this ... I'm a happy girl.


  1. I know it doesn't always feel like it, but you've made a lot of progress both physically and mentally. The difference is evident in these photos (you look healthier now). Have patience my dear, you're getting there and as always, I'm very proud of you.


  2. thanks hunny. your support means the world to me. nuv noo

  3. I really wish I would've kept pics when I lost almost 50 lbs. I'm 6 ft tall so weight on me is not always obvious. I was almost 180 lbs and you'd probably never guess it... but when I graduated to a size 12 I got worried! Then it turns out that I stumbled on to a dance class that I just loved and without even trying I lost a few pounds. Then I thought... what if I eat right and take these classes? Hhhhhmmm... and then I though... what if I weight train as well??! And then of course I got so skinny I looked scary(took like a year). I realized loosing those lbs was addictive so I had to figure out how to handle it. Nowadays my body likes 145 lbs... and that's what I've been for the past 10 years or so. And I don't know why I just told you all that but it's probably because I totally understand what you're going through. PATIENCE! :))))

  4. Thank you Cindy. Both for your comments here and on Barry's blog. Sometimes I do get frustrated. The last time I made a big change in my body was 22 years ago ... half a lifetime. It was way easier then. Thank you for sharing your story. Great to have you as a follower.