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Today is a big day! It’s a celebration day! I’m bringing a bunch of balloons to my WW meeting tonight. Because ONE YEAR AGO, on June 23rd, 2009, I got to my goal weight!
AAAAAAAAND……(drum roll) I have maintained it a whole year! A year of maintenance. But this also means that I have ACHIEVED one of my big New Years goals for 2010: to be eligible to join the National Weight Loss Control Registry, a group of people whom all the weight-loss scientists study when they want to know how and why people lose weight and keep it off. Yahooooooooooo!
I really did not believe I would get to this place. I kept anticipating bumps and holes in the road and kept expecting to fall off. And I did, more than once, but I always got back up on QUICKLY and recovered. Thanks to the amazing supportive community/family that has surrounded me this whole year. Both online and in person.
I’m making a speech now! I’m wearing a tiara! I’m getting up to the podium with my little slip of paper and nobody is going to drag me off this stage until I’m done!!!!!
(ahem) I would like to thank first of all my amazing ONLINE friends who were the FIRST ones to ever meet Foodie McBody. Who embraced me and supported me when nobody else even knew I existed. Shannon (and Angie!), MizFit, Dinneen, Dr. Mo, Pubsgal, DailyKat, JeninRL, Karen, Mary and Kepa, Jack Sh*t, Trish, Josie, Kenz, KathyK, Sweeter, Marsha, PatBarone, Mara, Mrs Fatass, Hanlie, Diane, Lavagal, Fitarella, Miche, HealthyLoserGal, shrinkingjeans, WorkoutMommy, PhatBFF, Tisfan, Damon, Lori, SweatingItOff, Ryan, Bookieboo, Terre and Roni. You all are AMAZING and I truly could NOT have made this milestone without you. And for any of you who want to be healthy and are NOT on Twitter yet, join the party. It is one of the most incredible weight-loss, fitness and healthy living tools out there. I am not kidding.
I would like to thank my awesome Weight Watchers family: my BFF and buddy (and first mentor who taught me how to tackle those insane paper tallies!) Bethany, my boss and friend Stan, my roommate from leader training Roz, and Roger Z and Lori H, Linda and Julie and Jiggs and Creamie and Lynn. Y’all are the best and make me so glad to be part of this organization.Oh yeah and BIG SHOUTOUT to the BEST CEO in the universe, the one and only Dave Kirchhoff, aka Mr. Man Meets Scale! Thanks to the awesome members who show up to my meetings and inspire ME and keep me going.
I would like to thank everyone who has ever walked, run, lifted weights, danced Nia or otherwise sweated with me. Starting with my amazing trainer Doug Jones, who not only trains my body but my mind and heart as well. My workout buddies Ericka, Lisa Marie and Christine (when she can). Then Team Penguin: Mary, Kathy and Michael-David. Thanks for an amazing experience at the Oakland Marathon. Nia people! Alexandra, Terre, Danielle, and Alexis.
Thanks to my family. I’m doing this with you and for you, so we can all be together a really long time. Love love love to my mom, Mr. McBody and my girls.
Thanks to Martha and Kamau for helping me develop my solo show. Thanks to everyone who CAME to my solo show (part 2 is in the works right now!), and to all the other awesome solo performers who inspire me so much. Thao, Nicole, Sarah W, Enzo, Paolo, Ericka, Lisa Marie, Coke, Julia, Mz Debra, Kim, Deirdre, Benjamin!
I’m getting carried away. It’s kind of corny. But it’s my blog and nobody can stop me! I’m just incredibly happy and grateful for this year. I know this post should include about a thousand links but I just don’t have time for the linkfest this morning.
So I bought these beautiful balloons! and was so excited to bring them to my meeting bc there are often a bunch of little kids there with their moms. But as I was unlocking the door, I was fumbling with my key and they just… flew away! I stood there with my mouth hanging open, watching them fly off into the sky. WAH!
I got in there and Bethany was in there playing Kool and the Gang “Celebration!” very loudly. She gave me a present: a REAL TIARA! That lights up and blinks! So I dried my tears and forgot about my lost balloons.
Right before the meeting, I said, So Bethany, when is YOUR Goalaversary? And she says, with a straight face, “June 24th.” Uh huh. Like, TOMORROW!!!!!!? We laughed and laughed. Our goalaversaries are one day apart! How cool is that! Only she has been at goal for THREE YEARS so she is even awesomer!! We had a great time at the meeting.
June 23, 2010 at 11:47 am
Awe I was already on my way here when I saw you first tweeted the link! I feel totally the same way…am sooo very thankful for all my twitter fam…you make me proud and I am so honored by you mentioning me in such a glorious awesome post about YOU BEING AT GOAL A YEAR!!!!!!!!!!! Oh how I wish I was able to be at your meeting tonight! You HAVE to re-locate to beautiful Maine! That is all!
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!!!!!( ia up doing a happy dance in your honor!!)
June 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm
OMG!!!!!! You tapped into my Happy SAPPY side!!!! Tears of joy run down my face as I READ the Happiness you are feeling!!!! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!! You are among the ELITE!!! The FEW that LOSE IT and KEEP IT OFF!!!!! I’m honored to be mentioned in such an Awesome “SPEECH”!!! You will ALWAYS and FOREVER be My #BONZAI Buddy!!!!!!!
LOVING YOU SIGHT UNSEEN!!!!
June 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm
whoohooo! 🙂 Congrats! Be proud of that achievement! You have earned it!
June 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Love your acceptance speech! 🙂
Maintaining lost weight is often one of the biggest challenges in the journey to a healthy weight, so a big congrats. You are so right about our twitter community. It’s a great source of support, and adequate support is one of the key factors in success at making changes. So yay to everyone you mentioned, and thanks for including me! Have a wonderful time tonight!!
June 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm
Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.
Awesome you did it. Awesome you are celebrating. YOU are awesome. And awesome I was mentioned twice. I am so flattered, I feel I need to give a little speech. Instead, I will just bow.
June 23, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Yay! Congratulations! That really is an accomplishment. As someone who has struggled with weight fluctuation for a while, I know that it’s a real challenge to do what you’ve done. And you did it!
June 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm
I made it!! 😉 and you should celebrate. Tiara and all.
June 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm
What a great accomplishment!
And I’m fulla pride at being one of the little people you thanked!
June 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm
Congrats! That’s awesome – one whole year at your goal weight! I’m not at my goal weight per se, but I’ve maintained a fairly healthy weight for the last year and a half. It’s a challenge but definitely feels nice to be a little more stable…
June 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm
hey hey! I LOVE It! congrats to you. (now can I have a balloon?)
June 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm
of course, darling. What color do you want?
June 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm
Aww Good for you! I forget 7 years later How I have to celebrate losing my 129 pounds on my goal day. Good idea to do in the meeting room too with the balloons. Love it! Have not tried the crying gig during my meetings seems way to dramatic for me. I dont know how that that leader does that. But to each her own right? Do you still go to meetings? I started up again and it feels so good. Great job!
June 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm
Natalee, you GOTTA celebrate it! It is an amazing accomplishment and so great for the members to share. I might just cry (OK, maybe sniffle a bit) today.
June 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm
Awww, congrats! This is so awesome! 🙂
June 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm
I just found you through Mary at A Merry Life. Congratulations on your year!!! That is amazing! I look forward to reading more of your blog now that I have found it!
June 23, 2010 at 9:06 pm
This post makes me SMILE SOOO BIG! You are just amazing and I love your speech so adorable! This is your blog and you can do anything you want with it so ha! I have been inspired and motivated here many times by YOU and I thank you right back for being such a support and friend to me!
June 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm
You ROCK! I can remember standing on the scale at my school gym, crying about my weight. Now, due to stories like YOURS, I’ve started a 4 day a week gym regimen and I’m on to the Eat Clean diet.
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June 23, 2010 at 11:57 pm
Congrats Foodie!!! You have been an inspiration to me this year (and the years before) with your honesty and humor and willingness to dive into all of it…the hard stuff and revel in the glory and successes. HUrray for you!!!
June 24, 2010 at 12:09 am
You rule my world.
June 24, 2010 at 12:37 am
You’re a rockstar!
Congrats on 1 year of maintaining! 🙂
June 24, 2010 at 3:50 am
Such a happy post, even though the balloons flew away! Well done, Susan! I am so proud of you. And you look fabulous! It’s been a pleasure sharing the journey with you so far…
June 24, 2010 at 3:53 am
Awesome! Bravo! Well Done! You rock! Congratulations on a very great year of maintenance! I am looking forward to logging some miles with you this next year! xoxo
June 24, 2010 at 11:48 am
Aww, congratulations! That’s so awesome and inspiring!
June 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm
I’ve said it before, Susan, but I really mean it – you inspire me!!! Yesterday, on your goalaversary, I joined Weight Watchers. For the 8th (10th? 12th?) time. It’s too scary to say it feels different this time – but I can say that *today* feels different.
Thank you for so generously sharing your journey!!!
June 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm
Marjorie, that’s exciting!! I wish for you that this will be your LAST TIME (I had 7 repeat visits before this last time) and we will share this date in our health and wellness history. Let me know how/if I can support you. oxox
June 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm
Happy Goaliversary!!! It’s so inspiring to see a loser stay lost!!! 🙂
June 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm
I’m so very happy for you. I always say it is easier (although not impossible) to lose weight than to maintain the weight loss. You are proving that is is possible. I’m sorry it took a health scare for this journey to begin, but your life which already seemed full and meaningful to me, became even more so because of it. Congratulations. I look forward to your next solo performance.
June 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm
I sooo love these pictures! You look fantastic in your tiara and dress! Balloons whatever! You did not need them with your amazing energy in the first place XO