6 years


I remember this day well.  We were having my department over for a cook-out and it was HOT.  My jeans were too tight on my stomach and I didn’t have shorts that fit.  I had the Lap Band at this point and I knew I would not be able to keep down most of what I ate.  I was miserable!



Getting ready to do my first open water swim of the season.  I’m scared but not miserable, even in a wet suit that makes me look like the bastard child of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Bibendum.




I’m a marathoner now.  I can bike.  I can swim. I can sometimes put all three together.  I am a good example for my son.  I never give up, even when it would be oh so easy.

I get comments that people wish they had my drive and dedication.  F that.  If you want it, you will find a way.  Yes, getting up at 4:15 is horrible most some days but you know what is worse?  Being sick and tired and uncomfortable in my own skin.  You don’t have to keep crazy hours or do crazy things (though, it’s more fun!) – just get up and take a walk at lunch!  Seriously, it is the little changes that make the most impact.  You just need to start the ball rolling.  You never know where you’ll be in six year!