I did it. I lost 3.2 pounds this week, to not only get back to goal but under it -- WAHOO!!!!!!!!! I worked my butt off on the exercise bike and being extra-vigilant. So that's a total of 229.8 GONE.
I have so many people who have helped me along the way: Debbie & Tisha, my leaders; Gail, Eldora, Bev and all the other receptionists who have been with me along the way; all the many fellow members -- especially those who have been part of the Thursday 7:00 PM meeting. I won't name you all because I'll leave someone out and I don't want to do that!!! I have enjoyed the help of so many people. They have inspired me to be better, stronger, wiser, smarter, and to always persevere. I could never, ever, ever, have made it to this point without them.
Then there are my coworkers, who were just as vigilant with me to keep me going, and keep me on plan. I love you all and thank you!!!
There are all my dear friends across the nation -- WAY too many to name, but I have a special six that I need to especially thank: Russell, Amy, Susan, Mike, Stoney, and Melissa. God bless and love you all. And I cannot forget to thank "My Girls" (you know exactly who you are) -- for loving and supporting me every minute of the day, and not just in the WW stuff.
And above all, my mom, my dad, and my brother: you've seen my worst, and you've seen my best. You've loved me through it, walked this journey with me 24/7, and have always encouraged me. You knew I had it in me to do this .... you threatened at times, cajoled at others, and then finally loved me enough to trust I'd do it someday. And I did. I didn't know my own strength but you did. My heart is grateful. And special thanks to my walking buddy, my boon companion, and my heart's delight: Maddox, the Wonder Dog!
Of course, none of this would have been possible at all without God. When my own strength failed, and even the encouragement of my friends wasn't enough, it was God's gentle reminders that he loved me and would sustain me that picked me up and set me back on track. Many years ago, when I was in the middle of a difficult situation, Jill Connor Browne sent me an encouraging e-mail that I have never forgotten: "The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot sustain you." I lived on those words then to get me through, and I know that it was equally true here. God has led me down this path at this stage of my life for a reason. Now it is up to me to take these lessons, live them, and help others as well. It is not just the weight that I've lost but everything that I've gained that is so precious to me. It took God's will working in ways I did not understand to get me where I am so that I could undertake the journey and really appreciate and savor it.
I'm going to wrap this up because (a) it's late and I'm tired, and (b) I don't want to run the risk of leaving anyone else and (c) I still have points to eat before going to bed! And I'm also not sure I'm making much sense right now. But I'm so excited -- I'm really just beginning the journey of a Lifetime!!!!!