John 8:32 "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." NIV

Friday, April 16, 2010

A Year later

Last night was the Gazette Healthy Challenge 2010 Kick-off event. This event is wear the contestants are introduced to the AWESOME sponsors who have faith that they too can REDUCE their weight and get healthy.

It was a very sentimental night for me. At the same event a year ago, I sat with my husband, Lyle, Kiera and Brock - my kids, and great friend since college, Cat - wondering what 12 weeks would hold for me. Did I think that I would win the ENTIRE competition? Absolutely not. Did I think I would reduce my weight by 41 lbs - NO WAY!

But last night, there I was. Having reduced my weight by 55lbs total, I was an example. Me... an example to the teams of what could be... what they could accomplish in just 12 weeks. I think I was just as excited for the contestants as they were about being selected to participate in the competition. And as their weight loss was announced for the 1st week, I was so happy for them. The 15 contestants lost 41.5 lbs all together. That was more weight than I lost the entire competition last year. I was so THRILLED for them. Momentum is what they have now and they WILL be successful. I just know it. I can see it. I believe in them.

I had my husband take a shot of me as I was leaving for the kick-off. I had to go buy a dress since I was not able to support a single team (each team as a color: red, blue, and green - and every dress in my wardrobe is one of those colors or black and I did not want to wear black - black is the color I wore all of the time to hide my fat). I got it for $11.99 at Ross. Brock helped me pick it. The scale yesterday morning read: 142.6. Yay! A new low for me!!!

P.S. I had to borrow my neighbors cherry tree.

P.S.S. For everyone racing this weeked or at Boston on Monday, I will be praying for strength and safety and for your to be injury free. Leave me a comment if you are racing and I can pray specifically for you!

P.S.S.S. Welcome new FOLLOWERS. I hope I can INSPIRE you... or just make you laugh.

18 comments:

saundra said...

Jen, you look GEORGOUS!

Andra said...

What a beautiful cherry tree! Kidding, the dress is lovely and it suits you. :)

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

You are such a great example. And you look FABULOUS!

Allie said...

Girl, you look so great! Congrats on all your success, you are such an inspiration. I hope all of this year's contestants can have the same success you've had.

Amanda said...

Super cute dress! I can't wait to hear how the contestants do.

Lisa said...

You are beautiful. :-)

Patience said...

Yay!! Congrats girl. You look beautiful. Love the dress.

Ewa said...

You should print that picture of a gorgeous you and put it on your fridge to help you keep being strong and beautiful.

lilmeg said...

You look beautiful! LOVE the dress!

teacherwoman said...

You're lookin' good girl!

Anne said...

Gorgeous!

Julie said...

Hot mama!! Love the hair...love the dress:)

MCM Mama said...

you look fabulous!

Catherine said...

You have made an amazing lifestyle change - Craig and I are so proud of you :)

Chris said...

You look amazing! Congrats on a wonderful accomplishment.

Michelle said...

Awesome deal on the dress! You look amazing!

longlegsontheloose.com said...

thanks for entereing my giveaway! I saw you are running a marathon on halloween...would that by any chance be Marine Corps??

Lauren said...

Wow you look truly stunning, congrats!!!