Friday, September 11, 2009

Light Bulb Moments

The REAL decision to change came several years ago. In my mind I have always thought "I'll lose the weight by 35"...mainly because 30 came and went, and the weight didn't go! So, around late August of 2007 I decided it was indeed time for change!

As a smoker of 13-14 years...I knew I needed to tackle that demon before I could ever deal with the eating habits. I had tried many times and failed but I REALLY wanted to quit for ME this time. I took Chantix the first 3 months to get over the initial hurdle and withdrawals, I never once cheated or snuck a cigarette.

Although I'd been smoke-free for well over a year I knew my next challenge was going to be MUCH different. There would be no drug to take the cravings of food away. I couldn't just stop eating like I did with smoking and walk away...I have to play with this food demon each and every day.

In June of 2009 I knew it was 35 was quickly approaching, my kids aren't getting any younger and I'm not getting any thinner! The time for a major overhaul of my eating habits and lifestyle was upon me. As I began to mentally prepare myself, I shared my plan with friends. As a result, a local scrapbooking group I run decided to start a biggest loser challenge. Each member committed $20 towards the prize. There were 11 of us, and I won the 4 month challenge Sept. 1st by loosing 12% during the competition (my closest competitor was at a 6% loss) and receiving the $200 prize!

It has been awesome to have friends along for this journey. They have enjoy working together and supporting each other so much, we have now started a round 2 of the Biggest Loser challenge that will end in December.

I am strong when I set my mind to something, I've always been that way. Eating is so different than most bad habits, since we must eat it is a real struggle of choices and balance.


  1. Angie: awww thanks so much for your sweet comment. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment :)

    Quitting smoking is no easy task (even with the aid of a drug). If you can do that, you can most definitely succeed in anything you choose!

  2. Good job on winning your weight loss challenge!

    Having these goals is a great way to stay focused and on track. Joining in this blog community is helpful too for encouragement.

  3. Go Girl! Great job quitting smoking and now losing weight! Keep up the awesome work!


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