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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 2 – Shine
What was the best moment of 2013?

It’s hard to pick just one moment, because so many exciting things happened to me in 2013.  But I guess the moment I stepped on the scale and saw that I’d lost 100 pounds has been the best moment of all. 

Now that I’ve lost over 100 pounds (-108, as of Sunday), so many things in my life have changed for the better:

  • I can move through the world so much more easily – I don’t get out of breath going up a couple of flights of stairs. I can walk faster, move easier. 
  • I’m healthier.  Luckily, even when I weighed 315, I didn’t have Diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure, but those were all around the corner.
  • People are seeing the light that has always been inside.  So many people are mentioning how much happier I am now that I’ve lost this weight, and while it’s true that I’m thrilled, I think what they’re noticing is what I’ve always felt like inside.  This is the ME that I’ve always been, but now they can see her too.
  • Achieving feats in fitness, like starting C25K and not dying as I do the running intervals.  Or playing on the Faculty Powderpuff football team for Homecoming. Or getting saved by a wizened old fisherman while trying SUP/Kayaking for the first time. Or walking in the Color Me Rad, SJ RocknRoll Mini Marathon, SF Mermaid, and the Turkey Trot.
  • The clothes!  I’ve always taken pride in my appearance and tried to dress my best, but it’s so much more fun now that I can wear “normal” sizes on top.  I cannot wait until I am there in the bottoms, too. 

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Autumn has arrived! Which means that life is back to normal – school’s in, my schedule is busy, and obligations abound. But I won’t use those as excuses to slack on my goals. The great thing about fall is that the weather is cooler, which means that those wonderful fall fashions will keep me motivated. Plus, crisp temperatures mean that it’s never “too hot” to workout. I’m going to relish my nightly cup of steaming hot tea as another way to keep my water intake up. I look forward to all those hearty, satisfying and wls-friendly soups, stews, and crockpot meals that I’ll create for myself. This year, the changing season will mark new milestones that I haven’t seen in 5, 7, 10+ years! Bring on fall 2013 – it’s time to reach new heights! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

Week 23 brought with a huge milestone, so rather than write about how my week was, let’s just get to the numbers!

So, how’s the scale looking?

When I weighed in this morning, I was 213.8, which is a loss of 3.8 pounds this week, and a loss of 63.2 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 101.2 pounds from my highest weight!!  What a week! I lost almost 4 pounds and hit the “century mark” – 100 pounds lost!! I’m so proud of myself and all that I’ve done to get here.  It’s been a lot of hard work, but achieving this goal within the time period that I set for myself is really amazing.

Today a couple of my friends and I are going to one of my favorite wineries, Testarossa, to celebrate my weight loss.  I know it might seem antithetical to go drink wine to celebrate losing weight, but I think it makes perfect sense.  My life is about balance, and part of that is enjoying celebrations in moderation.

Losing this weight has let me buy some new clothes, and I can’t wait to wear my new size XL shirt when we go today!  I know a size XL isn’t something most women would be excited about fitting into, but considering that at one point last fall I was wearing size 26/28 sweaters, this is very significant for me.

The other 100-pounds lost celebration I have planned is a bike ride with friends in a couple of weeks.  I also wanted to make sure that we did something active to celebrate this milestone, and one of my all-time favorite activities is bike riding.  So we’ll be heading to the Los Gatos Creek Trail to go bike riding for a few hours.  Since more of my friends are able to make this excursion, it will be a really fun day.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t rain.

Speaking of bike riding, my reward for meeting this goal is to buy myself a new, red beach cruiser.  I’m going to take my time looking around to find the right bike, and I’ll buy it within the next few months.  I’ll definitely post it as soon as I get it home.

I really like today’s quote because it speaks directly about my own journey.  Losing 100+ pounds isn’t a miracle that just happened.  I manifested it through sweat, preparation, planning, and follow-through.  It took years of perseverance and belief in myself.  It was born from daily choices.  And while I’m as grateful for this weight loss (and my VSG surgery) as I would be for any miracle, I know that I earned it.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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