Holding my "before" favorite shirt after losing 125 pounds on my journey to better health.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Where did you go?

I have been looking back at this past year and it has been a bittersweet experience for me.  I started the year off with a bang as a new Weight Watcher leader on the very first Saturday after the new year.  That is when many people decide to begin on their own personal healthy journey.  I had gone through (what to my brain seemed like a whirl wind training) and there I was.  In front of a group of people who had come for help and motivation to lose weight.  I jumped in and have never looked back.  I have met many, many incredible people. I have watched the struggles to get control of bad eating habit and the rewards of feeling better.  Not everyone has continued on and that is okay. You need to be ready to fight the battle for your life.  It is not easy.  I know.  I have laughed, cried, and learned so much from my new friends.  I have really enjoyed it and look forward to continuing the  laughing, learning, and helping each other to be healthy. This time when  I began my journey I did find success with Weight Watcher but I think if you find something that works for you that would be awesome.
    I was able to go on a trip with my husband and found a place that enchanted me.  I could live there the rest of my life but would miss my family.  We now all live within 10 miles of each other  so we are able to see each other often.  Like I have said before, bloom where you are planted. (just visit paradise once in a while)   Many people have told me the same thing about my home town of St. George so I am lucky to live in one type of  paradise and visit another.
        Bittersweet. I lost a dear aunt.  Aunt Myrl was the anchor for our family. She would call me several times a year and when we were done I would know everything about everybody. (even some family I don't remember.) She was a little bundle of dynamite and a joy to all of us.  The sweet was that at her funeral I was able to see and visit with many family members I have not seen in many years.
       Also bittersweet was the sad loss of my sweet little daughter in law's mom. Queen Tonya. She was a unique, one of a kind special lady. I prayed each day to know how to help and support her family as they were going though her sudden illness and passing.  They all were so wonderful to her and helped her to be able to pass in comfort. They all miss her terribly. They are going through  all the first holidays. Something that Tonya was always so fun to go all out for.  There  is a great sadness in them at this time. The sweet is to watch how strong they are and how they are able to honor her and remember her  by carrying on her traditions.  It is a hard thing to lose your mother.
        I have continued on my healthy journey and have been able to maintain my weight. Even losing about 10 lbs.  I am down between 125-130 lbs. (depending on the day)  I know that I need to keep control of my weight for the rest of my life or all my old "friends" (diseases) will move back in.  I am pretty proud in saying I have only seen my personal Dr. once this year. I saw him at my annual physical. He still says I am his, "one in a million" patient.                                                                          I  was able to complete the St. George Half marathon but bronchitis kept me from doing the other one I had planned on doing.  Every once in a while I get a little thought in my mind to get training again but so far I have been able to beat it down.  Maybe, who knows? I continue to walk and exercise and enjoy being able to move. I recently cleaned up the leaves that had fallen from our huge  fruitless Mulberry Tree.  I paid the price for several days after with stiff sore muscles. But it was worth it. The joy of being out in the air, moving, accomplishing, and sweating were  worth it.
      Many other wonderful days were enjoyed throughout this year. I look back with the knowledge that If I had not started my healthy journey there would be a good chance that I would not still be here. I forget how sick I was and when I read some of my blog posts I am shocked and horrified of how sick I allowed MYSELF to be. It is easy to neglect yourself or put off doing the things you need to do to take care of yourself.  I was able to have a second chance. I have had to work hard  everyday of this journey but the Miracles I have been given make every moment of it worth it. Thank you for allowing me to share my journey with you.   


  1. you continue to amaze and inspire us Laurel! It is wonderful that you are still here to comfort those you love who have lost loved ones!