December 13, 2010

What a difference a year makes

I guess I should say what a difference a GOOD year makes. I have been so blessed in many ways. Perhaps the biggest blessing physically is quite obvious. Exactly 180 pounds lost since last years picture. Both sets of these pictures were taken at our Ward Christmas Party at church.

I know 180 pounds is a lot to loose, but let me tell you what I have gained this year.
I am no longer on 160 units of insulin everyday.
I am no longer on high blood pressure medicine.
I am no longer at risk for heart failure or strokes.
I am no longer seeing 3 different doctors on a monthly basis.
I no longer have horrible back, hip, and knee pain.
I run (on purpose) several days a week for exercise.
I workout several days a week at the gym.
I walk to the park with my daughter.
I get up and get dressed everyday because I feel so good.
I have confidence to go and do anything.
I am not depressed and sad about the way I look.
I am not worried about my health for the future.
I have courage to try things I would have never tried before.
I can fit in the booth when we go out to dinner.
I can fit in the seats on the airplane.
I can fit in the roller coaster rides in the kiddie land at the Fair.
I can fit into clothes at any store.
This process has NOT been easy, but it has made me realize that I am strong. I have will power and I am in control of my body, my health, my activity level, my appetite, my future. I have the strength to follow the recommendations of my surgeon to sustain this weight loss. I have the strength to stay away from peanuts, popcorn, pretzels, chips, and crackers. I have the strength to limit my sugar intake. I have the strength to overcome this deadly addiction to food that I have.

Thank You so much to all my friends and family for continued love, support, and encouragement through all of this. This is a life long change that will not ever be easy. Only 20 more pounds to go!!!!!!!


Melanie said...

I am SO incredibly happy for you Angie! What an amazing year! Your strength and perseverence is incredible. By the way, you look SO good!!!

The Parker Place said...

You are my hero!!! You look AMAZING! and I'm so happy that we are the greatest of friends!!!

Anonymous said...

Go You!!! I love the positivity, perseverance and strength that you have. Good Job Woman!!

Smokey Joe said...

You are truly a woman of honor and accomplishment. You are an example to your sisters and your daughter. May God bless you and your family forever.

Amy said...

Angie, you are an amazing woman. I have always thought so. I am so proud of you and your accomplishment! What an amazing change. I know you will successfully lose those 20 pounds. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Kirstie said...

Angie you are amazing!! What an inspiration you are to so many people. You have accomplished so much this year and have your whole life ahead of you! Let's pick a race to do together!!!

Johnson said...

A-mazing you are Angie (said like Yoda apparently)

lingobs said...

wow you are awesome !!!
Merry Christmas.

Cammie said...

Angie, you are fabulous and you look fabulous! I love you!!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful accomplishment!

Hollie said...

Wowie, you truly are an inspiration. I loved reading about all of the benefits in addition to what we can see on the outside. You look marvelous and you sound healthy & oh so happy. I am so very happy for you. Seriously woman, what an accomplishment! I see your posts on facebook about going to the gym & all that you do and I'm amazed. You have really been such an example to me. I may not have much to lose (in the weight department) but I have so much to gain by exercising regularly and eating right. It's so important to do these things not only for our own health but to be examples to our children. Thanks for reminding me of that, I've gotten a bit lazy. =)

shalynn said...

i cannot believe the difference! i'm amazed at your strength and endurance! i love reading everything that you have gained, what a life changing experience! congrats angie, and enjoy every minute of your new body and heath!