Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hitting 100

Well, this morning I woke up, still sick with a cold as I have been since Christmas, but I jumped out of bed to go check the scale. You see, yesterday when I weighed in I was at 183.5. I just knew that since I was cleansing yesterday --- that I might actually hit my goal of 100 pounds today but making it to 182. And I did. :)

On December 29, 2008, I started my new years resolution for the year 2009. I started early because I was ready. I told myself that I was going to push hard and work hard to make sure that in the year 2009 I was going to lose 100 pounds. I knew that it would be hard (I thought nearly impossible at that time). But here I am a year and 2 days later on New Years Eve 2009 and I hit my goal. It feels great. I can't even really express it in words --- it's just very powerful. I've come a long way for a lot of reasons but most importantly I made it here for my health. I'm so much healthier than I was a year ago.

100 pounds lost isn't my final goal. It's actually 130 pounds lost (152 pounds). Specifically the reason I was excited about hitting 100 pounds is because in the summer of 2008 I hit a breaking point with my weight loss and a depression had set in at that time. My best friend Betsy made a pact with me that if I lost 100 pounds that she would quit smoking. Today I got to wake up and call her and tell her that today is the day that she's going to quit smoking. It was a great feeling. I'm using my weightloss (getting myself healthy) to get her healthy too.

I want to thank all of my friends and family who have been there and watched me struggle and battle with temptation this year (sometimes failing miserably). But it's all been worth it. As I get to start a new life in 2010.

I hope that you all make goals to change your life in 2010. Trust me --- it's worth it.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Back in February of 2006, my sister Emily shared with me that she was going to do a triathalon. I smiled and said that I would be there to support her. She smiled back and said, I want you to do it with me. I asked when it was and she said April 1, 2006. I laughed and said, "Train in 2 months for a TRIATHALON? Are you nuts?" My sister was in great shape. I on the other hand, was not in good shape. AT ALL.

A few days went by and I was telling my best friend what my sister wanted me to do --- she also thought Emily was crazy. Specifically she said, "I think you could train and have fun but I dont think you'd finish." CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

I didn't care how long it was going to take --- all I wanted to do was finish. I went back to my sister and told her that I was in and we set up a training schedule of waking up super early to go to the gym and work out together alternating between treadmill, bike, and swimming pool. It was an intense 2 months.

On April 1, 2006, I competed in "MY FIRST TRI" and I finished in just under 3 hours. 1/4 mile swim, 12 mile bike and 3 mile run. I superceded all expectations of myself.

Well, today I'm here to tell you that after 2009 and losing all the weight that I have and hopefully hitting my goal of 100 pounds in a few days, My sister and I have decided to do it again in 2010. So in April, I will be competing in "MY NEXT TRI". I hope to blow my old record (just under 3 hours) out of the water. I'd love to do it in 2 hours....we'll see.

We're doing the triathalon for a charity: Cherish Our Children International (COCI). To help us with our fundraising, please visit:

I'll be sure to post more information (and pics!) after the triathalon in Late April. For now, I've got to go start putting together my training schedule.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Holidays

So it's December 1. In my book, that means it's officially the start of the Christmas Holidays. We just celebrated Thanksgiving and now less than a month later we have Christmas. What do both of these holidays have in common? FOOD.

I'm literally sitting between 90-95 pounds lost right now. Technically 94 pounds as of today and I desperately want to lose 6 pounds by the end of the year so that I can officially say that I lost 100 pounds in a year....but everywhere I look there are friends inviting me to Christmas Parties, Holiday campouts, Family dinners, Celebration dinners, Work parties, Friends visiting, etc. So I've decided to change my cleanse days to Tues/Wed this month (as most of my xmas parties fall on Thursdays) and just go with the flow.

I'm not going to stress myself out. I'm going to do my best and just know that --- and then if I dont reach my goal - I can't be so hard on myself.

Hope everyone has a Happy Holidays!