Back in October, 2008, when I first started my journey to a healthier me, if you had told me I would be running a half marathon, I would have LAUGHED OUT LOUD and followed it with a “I will run,walk, or crawl 13.1 miles when a bear is chasing me”. Yet here I am four years and five months later, and I just completed my first half marathon!
It is hard to believe four years ago my journey to a new life began with a simple call to Nash Surgical Weightloss inquiring about a gastric bypass. I was at an all-time record high with my weight, taking medication for high blood pressure, loathed exercise, hated my appearance and suffered from chronic pain. Little did I know that from that first phone call, my journey to a brand-new life would begin.
The last two years and nine months have been a roller coaster ride! Not just any ol’ roller coaster though – only the Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion would fare well in comparison to my weight loss journey J With the initial drop being a heart stopping 300 feet and speeds of 90 miles an hour, the entire ride gives honor to one of the greatest race car driver in history (in my humble opinion). In thinking about this ride and comparing it to my weight loss journey, I have experienced the same rush of adrenaline when the first 75 lbs literally fell off what seemed like overnight. The gain of confidence that came back as the pounds melted off, the new exciting activities that filled my life, and finally the attention that I had so desperately craved from some people in my life started to manifest. Life was great and victory was sweet.
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Red is for Springtime – awhhhhhhh – by far my favorite season! On the way to work today, I was thinking about a favorite childhood memory. I was about ten or eleven years old; it was springtime. I came home from school and my mother had all the windows open in the house. There was an unforgettable aroma that I can almost smell as I write. It was the fragrance of new life – freedom – the ability to just breathe. Today coming to work, I realized that is how I feel, one year and six months post gastric bypass surgery - shedding one hundred and three pounds and counting.
2012 has started off with a BANG! Sorry it has been so long since I last blogged.. I have been busy living this new exciting life that has emerged. I feel like a Phoenix or better yet as my boyfriend likes to refer to me… a Butterfly.
My, my ... how time does FLY when you are having FUN! It is hard to believe that just one year ago today I was having my gastric by-pass.
When I began this journey, I was aware that I was an emotional eater. It was my hope that bariatric surgery would prove to be the tool that would help physically stop me long enough for a spiritual solution to take hold and move me to a higher ground. This month that hope became a reality. I believe I am now ready to lay out in detail the events that lead to my NEED to emotionally eat and the victory that I am now experiencing as a result of not being able to physically do so.
My last three months have been filled with varying emotions ranging from overwhelming excitement to utter discouragement, but the one thing that has remained constant is my determination to succeed at losing ALL this excess weight! No matter how long it takes! Being a life-long dieter, there are a few “truths” I have experienced along the way. One is the last few pounds are ALWAYS the hardest to lose. Another is the number on the scale is NOT always a good indicator of success.
How I stay motivated when...I am physically sick and don't feel like working out; when I step on the scales and the number is the same as the two weeks before; when I am having a "fat day". Until now I have blogged about all the COOL exciting stuff going on in my life. I figured it was time to let you in on a little secret - Sometimes it is VERY difficult to stay on the path and stay motivated.
The thought came to me .. why don't you just try them to SEE how far you have to go before you can wear them. I almost started crying when I got them on and zipped them! What a blessing it is to have a friend walking this journey with me. We are "out-shrinking" clothes so fast it is nice to have someone to share clothes.
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Congrats!! Amy work it now!!!
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Way to go Amy! I love the picture of you on the bike!
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I could not have said it better myself. I feel EXACTLY the same. Thought I was alone. Are these feelings...
Ed, I am new to crossfit and couldnt have said this more better myself! Congrats on your progress and...
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Thank you for your story and sharing.. I am thinking about having the surgery. I loved the turtle story...
Keep it up Ed. Your CFRM family is with you all the way.
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I related to you reading this. Some of this is me. You word things perfectly as always. Thank you for...
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Ed I'm proud of you man. That is not an easy struggle and it looks like you are doing incredibly well...
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what an inspirational journey and story! Thanks a lot. Anticipating surgery soon. Wish me well.