Wednesday, May 30, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
Im in the home stretch. Twenty three days until graduation. I'm completing the last five papers for the last five classes, then finals. Finally I see the light at the end of the tunnel. My brother/sister in law and their family are going to come to the graduation ceremony. This afternoon I have a job interview and next week is the job fair. It's time to start looking to the future. At this pointing not sure where I will be working, but the future looks bright and I'm ready.
Friday, March 23, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
Where to start???? I guess it's always best to start at the beginning. I grew up in San Diego California, the land of sunshine and beaches. It's funny that I ended up in Vancouver Washington, the land of rain. But it's ok. I enjoy rain and the colors that come along with it. I love the fall colors and the clean beauty of a winter snow. Even though I grew up in San Diego, you could never really call me a beach bunny. More like a beached whale. I fought my weight my whole life. At my highest point I weighed nearly 300 pounds. I had type two diabetes, borderline high blood pressure, acid reflux, and always hurt. My knees, ankles and back always gave me trouble. It's amazing to me that that was only about 2 years ago. September 2010 I began a project called a walking school bus at my kids Elementary School. I walked. My kids and some others to school every day. For someone who hang onto the shopping cart just to make it to the store, walking the kids the mile to get to school was torture. But I did. I was the only volunteer and they were depending on me. I had to. I'm so glad I had to. Walking helped me to lose ten pounds. Before long I was not only walking the mile to get the kids to school, I was walking another mile in the afternoon to pick them up. I started walking longer distances. I joined Weight Watchers and with my diet now under better control I lost even more weight. In the past two years I lost nearly 100 pounds. I have walked 5K's and 10K's. I ride bikes and swim with the kids. My health problems are all gone. I'm healthier and happier than I have ever been. It hasn't been easy. There were days that I didn't want to walk. It was cold, it was raining. I didn't want to freeze and get my feet all wet too. I'm not a kid. I was 47 years old when I started all this. In the summer when I walked along the road teenagers would drive by, moo and sometimes even threw water balloons out there car window at me. Then there was the food. Food has always been my friend, my escape, my addiction. Those donuts, cakes, candies and chips didn't just called my name. They screamed my name and they still do. Most days I'm better at holding off the cries of chocolate. But I still have my days. After all, no one is perfect. After all I've been through I have to say. I did it. I lost a lot of weight. I went from couch potato to training to be a fitness trainer. I want to let everyone know that If I can do that anyone can. It's hard, but if you want it, the power is within you to succeed.