Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Words cannot describe what the last year of my life has been like, nor could I have fathomed just how drastically different my life would be. I knew things would be different, but nothing like this. I knew I would be healthy, but not this healthy. One year ago today at the exact time I am typing this, I was being wheeled back into an operating room for a surgery that would change my life forever.


Today is the one year anniversary of the day I decided to take the leap, place a bet on me, and take my life back. My only regret in the last year is that I hadn't done it sooner. So what is different in 365 days?

1.      My blood preassure went from 150/110 to 119/77. I'm no longer hypertensive!
2.      I went from pre-diabetic with a blood sugar or 110 to free and clear with a blood sugar of 82. Perfect!
3.      I went from 513 lbs. to 308 lbs. ABSOLUTLEY INCREDIBLE!!!

All this in just a short year. On top of that I have gone from a sedentary mass who would eat cookies all day and could barely make it up a flight of stairs to:

1.      1.Biking 28 miles for the Twisted Pretzel Ride in Germantown, Ohio
2.      Swimming 3/4 of a mile in 16:52 and finishing 6th in my age group for the Great Ohio River Swim in Cincinnati, Ohio
3.      Getting ready to run my first 5K!
4.      Finishing my first semester of college with a 4.0. I am set to finish my Bachelors degree in a year!

The sky is the limit and so much more is planned. This last year has been absolutely amazing. Words cannot even describe the changes and how I currently feel. I used to finish up my first night shift of the week and be crawling into my front door crying in the morning. Now I finish seven nights in a row while still holding a part time job; still having energy for a 3 hour workout in the end.

Words cannot express that gratitude that I have for those that have joined me on my journey thus far. I know many of them begged, pleaded, threatened, and cried about my weight and I am hoping that today they are all singing a different tune. The best thing someone said to me was, "I feel like I have my best friend back!"

I know this last year has been amazing, but now is no time to slack off. I still have a ton to accomplish as you all know. I hope everyone out there will continue to show the amazing love and support that they have as I continue on in this journey. It is because of you, that I am able to push through on those days when I am just not feeling it.