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The difference a year makes.

arewethereyetarewethereyet Posts: 18,854Member Member Posts: 18,854Member Member
Last year I went with my husband to Virginia and DC. We had a wonderful time, riding horses, walking the streets of Washington. One day we were driving and I saw a sign for a waterfall. I love waterfalls and being a Florida girl, dont get to see them too often!

Well the walk down was beautiful, steep but breathtaking. We stayed for a while and then started our ascent. I couldn't go more that a 20-30 feet without stopping, and even had to sit and rest.

My heart was racing, pounding in my ears. I was MORTIFIED! My husband could care less...take your time he said the entire time. Still...how could I have let myself get so out of shape.

This year we went to the Smokey Mountains. I love those hills and valleys, and could not WAIT to go hiking. This time was entirely different. We tackled a 2 mile hike up a snow covered mountain....very steep, very beautiful.

My DH knew I had something to prove...to myself, not him. So as we passed the other hikers, and I smiled and said hello, he knew it meant more than just a passing hello. I could TALK! We arrived at the waterfall and I just cried.

I have come such a long way since June 2008. It is not only about the weight loss, it is about our health and the quality of our lives. When your healthy, everything else is gravy!

Take those steps now and know there is a reward greater than any scale could ever read!

Good health!!

(BTW that is a picture of me on 'my' trail!!)
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  • arewethereyetarewethereyet Posts: 18,854Member Member Posts: 18,854Member Member
    Last year I went with my husband to Virginia and DC. We had a wonderful time, riding horses, walking the streets of Washington. One day we were driving and I saw a sign for a waterfall. I love waterfalls and being a Florida girl, dont get to see them too often!

    Well the walk down was beautiful, steep but breathtaking. We stayed for a while and then started our ascent. I couldn't go more that a 20-30 feet without stopping, and even had to sit and rest.

    My heart was racing, pounding in my ears. I was MORTIFIED! My husband could care less...take your time he said the entire time. Still...how could I have let myself get so out of shape.

    This year we went to the Smokey Mountains. I love those hills and valleys, and could not WAIT to go hiking. This time was entirely different. We tackled a 2 mile hike up a snow covered mountain....very steep, very beautiful.

    My DH knew I had something to prove...to myself, not him. So as we passed the other hikers, and I smiled and said hello, he knew it meant more than just a passing hello. I could TALK! We arrived at the waterfall and I just cried.

    I have come such a long way since June 2008. It is not only about the weight loss, it is about our health and the quality of our lives. When your healthy, everything else is gravy!

    Take those steps now and know there is a reward greater than any scale could ever read!

    Good health!!

    (BTW that is a picture of me on 'my' trail!!)
  • WolfenaWolfena Posts: 1,643Member Member Posts: 1,643Member Member
    My journey to a healthier life and a skinnier body began with a school field trip with my then 9 year old... 4 miles over 4-ish hours, with 2 breaks and a long lunch in the middle! I was so sore and beat by the end, it was mind boggling to me!!

    A year later I could easily jog 5 miles in an hour without thought.... and SHE can't keep up! :wink:

    I know EXACTLY how you feel :bigsmile:
  • BrenNewBrenNew Posts: 3,420Member Member Posts: 3,420Member Member
    You've done soooooo great! Congratuations, you look fantastic! :smile:
  • age1389age1389 Posts: 1,160Member Member Posts: 1,160Member Member
    That is awesome Jeannie:drinker: I'm so proud of you!! Your looking hot girl:drinker:




    -Adrienne:heart:
  • TamTasticTamTastic Posts: 19,276Member Member Posts: 19,276Member Member
    Jeannie!! What a wonderful success story! WOW! You are amazing and have done a fantastic job.

    I am SO proud of you girl!!:flowerforyou:


    It makes you realize just how much you are doing for your health and future that has nothing to do with the way you look!!

    :heart:
    -Tami
  • cmriversidecmriverside Posts: 29,628Member Member Posts: 29,628Member Member
    My DH knew I had something to prove...to myself, not him. So as we passed the other hikers, and I smiled and said hello, he knew it meant more than just a passing hello. I could TALK! We arrived at the waterfall and I just cried.
    ........now I'm :cry: -ing. I gotta get in some cardio. Very moody today :frown:
  • cmriversidecmriverside Posts: 29,628Member Member Posts: 29,628Member Member
    :happy: okay , I took some deep breaths. We are so proud of you, Jeannie. :flowerforyou: Congrats.
    cm
  • arewethereyetarewethereyet Posts: 18,854Member Member Posts: 18,854Member Member
    :happy: okay , I took some deep breaths. We are so proud of you, Jeannie. :flowerforyou: Congrats.
    cm

    :laugh: :laugh: Your too funny today!!

    Thanks!
  • arewethereyetarewethereyet Posts: 18,854Member Member Posts: 18,854Member Member
    I posted this story because there are many of you reading this that think you cannot do it. Due to and injury, excessive weight, age, old habits...or whatever. I have/had all of the above!!

    One step...that was what started it. One step in the right direction.

    I pray I will continue on this path until they have to wheel me up the mountain to see my last waterfall!!

    :flowerforyou:
  • Shannon023Shannon023 Posts: 14,577Member Member Posts: 14,577Member Member
    You're such a delight here, and now you're a hot delight! :smooched:

    You look beautiful! :heart:
  • AmyNVegasAmyNVegas Posts: 2,233Member Member Posts: 2,233Member Member
    Aww you made me cry that was so beautiful. I am so happy for you. :flowerforyou: And sounds like you are lucky because your DH is actually dear.:happy:

    Amy:bigsmile:
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  • 3babybeans3babybeans Posts: 8,299Member Member Posts: 8,299Member Member
    :grumble: I still say you should have taken me.:wink:

    YAY! I am so proud of you! You are improving yourself EVERY day! Good for you, my dear! :heart:
  • MOMOFTWO29MOMOFTWO29 Posts: 8,276Member Member Posts: 8,276Member Member
    that is such an inspiring story, you give me the motivation to keep going and doing what I am doing to get healthy. Congrats on you success, you look great!!!!!!!!!!!:bigsmile: :drinker: :flowerforyou:
  • ce_fitce_fit Posts: 299Member Member Posts: 299Member Member
    Congratulations on your accomplishment. :flowerforyou:
  • arewethereyetarewethereyet Posts: 18,854Member Member Posts: 18,854Member Member
    Awww you guys are all so nice! Thanks so much!:cry:

    :drinker: heres to our health!!
  • cupcake568cupcake568 Posts: 178Member Member Posts: 178Member Member
    The increased health is such an reward...I love being able to do some things I couldn't before. Even running up the steps at my house.
  • arewethereyetarewethereyet Posts: 18,854Member Member Posts: 18,854Member Member
    The increased health is such an reward...I love being able to do some things I couldn't before. Even running up the steps at my house.

    so true. I took the stairs to the 4th floor the other day without thinking. Got to the top and then realized i was still breathing!:laugh:
  • keikokeiko Posts: 2,919Member Member Posts: 2,919Member Member
    Jeannie, that is wonderful that you see and feel the difference. I'm glad that you take the time to post and encourage others to be heathier. You look great and I'm sure you feel even better!
  • arewethereyetarewethereyet Posts: 18,854Member Member Posts: 18,854Member Member
    Jeannie, that is wonderful that you see and feel the difference. I'm glad that you take the time to post and encourage others to be heathier. You look great and I'm sure you feel even better!

    Thanks Kelly!:flowerforyou:
  • gottaluvboyzgottaluvboyz Posts: 555Member Member Posts: 555Member Member
    WTG...that is awesome!!!! What a sense of accomplishment and pride:flowerforyou:
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