I started my weight loss journey September 14th, 2011. I will never forget that date. It was the first day of my new life. Of coarse I didn’t know it at the time. To date, I have lost 177 pounds!! My life has changed so dramatically since then. I have literally become a new person. I guess it’s fitting since I’ve lost the weight of a person (or two). The best part of it all has been my relationship with my husband and my 3 children. I can do anything with them now where as before I was so restricted. I couldn’t go to amusment parks or walk them to school. I could barely walk up the 15 stairs to the second floor of my house without having to catch my breath. You can imagine all the restrictions I had being that overweight. I have no more retrictions. I am a whole new woman. I enjoy life so much more. I enjoy running (oh yes I said running) with my kids. I love that I am giving them a good example of healthy living. I was not an unhappy person before. I still enjoyed spending time with my family and friends. But I always knew I was missing out on so much of their lives and my own. It got to a point where everyone just knew my limits and wouldn’t ask me to go places or do certain things. I’m so happy that is no longer the case. In fact, because my heart is so much stronger due to the fact I work out 4-5 days per week, I often outlast my “skinny” friends! I’m still surprised when I can do things I couldn’t do before. I actually still have about 85 pounds to go and you better believe I’ll be getting a little work done when I get to my goal, but I am living the life I’ve always wanted and I will never go back to that woman I was. I don’t even know who she is anymore.