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One year ago this week, I got my blood tested and discovered that I had high blood glucose (prediabetes, then diabetes), high triglycerides and cholesterol. I already knew I had high blood pressure. I had been in denial for a long time.
I started this blog a year ago this weekend. Boy, was I in a sorry, scared and messed up state. I really did not think I could manage to pull myself into health. When I read that post now, it makes me cry, feeling so bad for that unhealthy, terrified person. But also a little good weeping too, knowing that I WAS able to pull her into health.
For a long time, I didn’t tell anyone I “knew” about this blog, including my own dear husband. I was so afraid and embarrassed. I knew I had to change but I felt safer sharing with strangers than I did with “real life” friends and family. That’s why Foodie Mcbody was born, because I was too mortified to use my real name.
I feel like all the parts of myself have come together this year.
I am so very grateful to the amazing friends, bloggers, mentors, teachers I have met on this journey. Dinneen at EatWithoutGuilt reached out to me on Twitter and I will forever remember her as someone who truly cared, and wasn’t just trying to sell me some stuff. Her way is a good way, people. Carla at MizFitOnline also threw me a lot of support, and I was amazed that she didn’t even HAVE stuff to sell, other than her awesome Tshirts. She has served as an incredible role model for me. Those two are at the top of my GREAT TEACHERS list. Marsha and the folks at Green Mountain At Fox Run are another great bunch of wise folks, doing it sane and healthy. (one day I’d love to get there!) Once I discovered the joys of Nia, Terre at HelpYouWell has been a fabulous cheerleader and Nia mentor. She didn’t even mind that I thought Nia was borderline ridiculous when I first went – but then I couldn’t stop going! Bookieboo over at Mamavation has started an incredibly inspiring campaign and I am thrilled to be one of her cheerleaders!
Learning that I had diabetes was frightening. But Biz over at Biggest Diabetic Loser has been a real inspiration, a support and has helped me figure out what to eat! Mimi at One Sweeter Life really got me thinking about running as a real possibility and not just a dream, and also got me hooked on fitness gadgets :-). Pubsgal at the Opposite Life is my mirror image in so many ways – a writer, recently diagnosed diabetic mom and runner, and we even got to meet up at a 5k race this year!
It goes without saying that I would be nowhere without the unending support and encouragement and butt-kicking from the World’s Most Awesome Trainer. I am thrilled to pieces that now SEVERAL of my local buddies have caught the butt-kicking bug and are now training with him (and sometimes alongside me)! SO GREAT.
I have not always been the world’s biggest fan, but I am now totally sold on Weight Watchers. This program has done wonders for me. It helped me reach my goal for the first time in my life, and more importantly, has helped me maintain it since July. I feel so happy and “at home” in this program and so fortunate to be working and sharing it with others. From the awesome CEO on down to my fabulous coworkers, I feel really really happy to be part of the WW world.
Then I discovered Twitter and have been amazed and thrilled at the friends I’ve made there: the fabulous and awesome and I-can’t-tell-you-how-I-love-them Shannon (and Angie!!!) at the Fabulous Fatties. I love Karen‘s insight’s over at Why Weight? Bookworm Jen at Jen In Real Life. Hilary at Tinyglow. Kenz at All the Weigh is a real inspiration. (she’s my buddy in the DK Fan Club!) Jack Sh*t has never failed to make me laugh out loud OR to motivate me. I think Mary at A Merry Life is great, and ditto on that for Mish at Eating Journey. I also love @Footdr69, Trish at I Am Succeeding, Shelley at My Journey to Fit and oh gosh the list goes on and on and on and on and I am running late for carpool!
This post is my way of celebrating all of my “invisible” friends and community. Tomorrow, I will celebrate with my up-close and local friends. First, we will take a hike in a beautiful volcanic (true!) park nearby, and do a little walk around the labyrinth there, leaving a small symbolic object for hope and health in 2010. Then we’ll come back to my house for a fabulous brunch. I am sooooo excited – about to do some grocery shopping for a beautiful Caramelized Onion/Goat Cheese/Sage frittata, some asparagus quiche and other yumminess. I’m also going to make some Prosecco Mimosas – yum!
I wish that every single person who has supported, encouraged and helped me this year could be with me this weekend. I am so very grateful and filled with love for you all.
Confetti on everyone! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here’s to another year!
January 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm
HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY MY FRIEND! What a difference a year makes, right??
I have loved following your inspirational story – thanks for your continued motivation and look forward to what 2010 brings you!!!!
January 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm
Happy Happy Happy!! You know, I think you were the very first “weight loss blogger” I followed when I joined Twitter and I have looked to you ever since, a shining light if there ever was one…congratulations my friend 🙂
January 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm
Wow, a year has gone by already? It’s seems like last week when we first spoke!
I’m so honored to have played a part in your journey, and I thank you from deep in my heart for your kind words. It’s people like you who keep me doing what I’m doing. I always say it but I’ll say it again — you’re such an inspiration for others. Keep doing what you’re doing. I truly feel what goes around comes around, and when I was “there” for you, I know you’ll do that for many others 🙂
And I’m always here cheering you on!!!!
January 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm
HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY. That is so funny because I was just thinking about mine and then I went to your blog and you blogged about it. Must have sensed it or something.
I was getting all teary-eyed reading about all your amazing friends, bloggers, mentors, and teachers you’ve met along the way and then I saw my name and I totally got choked up. I am so happy and honored to be one of the people you think are amazing that have helped you on this wonderful journey you are on.
I love that we met online and then IRL. I hope this year we get to dance together at Nia workshops and events.
Thank you for your entertaining and inspriring blog—and tweets. Thank you for considering me a special part of your special life.
Warm hugs!!! And loud-ear-splitting CHEERS!!!!!! Rah-rah-rah!
That Caramelized Onion/Goat Cheese/Sage frittata sounds so yummy. Are you making it? Is there a place we can see that recipe.
January 16, 2010 at 1:01 am
Happy Versary!!! So glad you came to blogland – it’s been amazing to watch your progress over the last year…dang, you sure have come a long way in such a short time!!!
January 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm
Happy Blogaversary, dear friend! I’m so glad to know you here on the internets and so happy about all you’ve accomplished in the past year!
January 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm
You are amazing and totally inspiring!! I am honored to be included in your celebration and among such awesome peeps!!
You have kicked ass and continue to do so! I am so glad that I “met” you and I am super stoked that you have reached your goals and taken to helping others in this journey!!
much love, Jen
January 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm
Awesome! What a year it’s been. Happy Blogoversary Susan!
January 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm
Happy Blogaversary! I am awed by how much you have accomplished in just one year! You have shown such dedication and motivation and are a true inspiration.
I am so honored an touched to be mentioned in your post 🙂
oh and I totally know what you mean about it being easier to share with strangers sometimes. I feel weird about telling people I know IRL about my blog, so I usually don’t lol.
What a great idea to have a celebration!
June 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm
Thank you for sharing yourstory. I am just starting my journey and finding post like these help me the end goal in sight.