Friday, August 15, 2008


I remember at this time last year how I was feeling! I loved my life, but I didn't love how my body felt or looked.

There were two voices in my head. One said, "Look, you are doesn't matter any more."

The other voice, the one that tells me the truth, said,

"Put your big girl panties on and get over it!!! It's time to do some hard work!!"

Thankfully I listened to the second voice. At the end of last August I joined Weight Watchers.

This past year has really been a journey and a return to health for me. I began exercising regularly, eating more carefully, and drinking lots and lots of water. I began to change my thinking as well. I have prayed constantly for God's strength, not just my own.

In truth I've been through a gigantic LIFESTYLE that was long overdue.

My first goal was to lose 5 lbs, then ten lbs, then twenty lbs. And at the time each of those seemed almost impossible.

However, and I truly believe this:

There are NO shortcuts to any place worth going!

The bottom line is that at this point I have lost 50 lbs! And I celebrate that victory...almost a pound a week, right in line with Weight Watcher standards.

However, I imagined somehow that if I ever lost THAT much weight..that the battle would be over. And it isn't. I have more weight to lose, more exercising to do, more water to drink, and more prayers to pray...and I will for a lifetime!

However I do want to pause, if only for a minute, and celebrate what I once thought might be impossible. I am a person who is all about possibilities and self empowerment, but we all have places where we struggle... and this is mine.

Sometimes I wonder how far I have actually come, do I really look any different?

And then I give myself a reality check. I look back at some old photos taken in the past few years or try on some of my old clothes that swim on me now...and I smile and think...yup, you are doing it!!

This September I have a new plan for "Operation Life-Renewal!" December 16th Bert and I are headed to Hawaii for an early 25th wedding anniversary celebration. When I put on a swim suit over there...all the NEW work will be worth it! Great goal!

Well it's 6:15 am in Spokane, still cool, and time for my walk!
Hope you are having a great summer!
God Bless!
Love and hugs! Linda


Our Family said...


I am really proud of you! It's been so great to see you continue to make better choices.

The sacrifices are worth it! You're going to live a longer and healthier life. My family and I thank you for that!


Tiffany said...

Congratulations, Linda!!! I'm just thrilled for you! I love that even though you want to continue to lose weight, you are able to stop and celebrate what you have accomplished so far! 50 pounds??? Amazing! Way to stick with it!!!

jessithompson said...

YOU ARE AMAZING!!! I am beyond proud of you as well as honored that you would give this gift to your family as well as yourself. I know that all this hard work means a longer time that we get to spend with you here on earth and for that... I am grateful.

I love you x 1,000,000

XO Jess

Madison said...

Woah! That is amazing! I would probably not be able to keep it up like you do. I would probably get really distracted. Congrats to you though.


Kim said...

FIFTY! Here I thought you were turning 50 and it's actually how much weight you've lost. TOO COOL! Well I agree with you, don't stop now, keep up the good work and continue to make great food, water and work out choices. The best part...not only do you reap the benefits but your energy and enthusiasm inspires those around. Congratulations!!

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